George Williams of Saint Augustine’s University was named the 2014 NCAA Division II National Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Head Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
“I didn’t win it, the kids won it,” Williams said. “When you have a good group of kids, anything can happen. I would like to thank my peers for voting for me.”
This is the second consecutive year and the seventh time overall that the legendary coach has won the award. In March 2014, Williams was selected the USTFCCCA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field Head Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Williams was honored Wednesday after guiding Saint Augustine’s University to its second straight NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor National Title over the weekend. The Falcons have won the last two Division II Men’s Indoor National Crowns as well. The men’s and women’s track & field program under Williams have combined to win 35 NCAA Division II national championships.
The Falcons won the men’s outdoor title by a whopping 112 to 67 score over Adams State University in Allendale, Mich., this past weekend. The winning score was the highest since Abilene Christian scored 115 points in 2000. The Falcons earned 22 All-America honors, which was the most in Division II this year.
The Falcons won four men’s events including the 110 meter hurdles by Ty’reak Murray (Sr./Portsmouth, VA), the 400 meter hurdles by Roxroy Cato (Sr./St. Ann, Jamaica), the 4x100 meter relay race and 4x400 meter relay race. The 4x100 team is comprised of Daniel Jamieson (Soph./Windsor, CT), Taffawee Johnson (Sr./St. Ann, Jamaica), Burkheart Ellis Jr. (Soph./Raleigh, NC) and Jermaine Jones (Jr./Wilmington, NC). The 4x400 squad consists of Cato, James Quarles (Sr./Washington, DC), Ellis Jr. and Joshua Edmonds (Sr./Jacksonville, FL).
The Falcons had five second-place and three third-place finishes at the outdoor championship meet. Five sprinters competed in the men’s 200 meter finals which is a national record.
The honor caps another banner year for Williams, who has won over 150 coach of the year awards in his dynamic career at Saint Augustine’s University, his alma mater. Two weeks ago, Williams was selected CIAA Athletic Director of the Year and CIAA Coach of the Year in four sports - men’s and women’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field and men’s outdoor track and field. He was chosen USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Head Coach of the Year and CaptainU Division II Indoor Track & Field Winter Coach of the Year. His men’s track & field team has won 18 straight outdoor and 17 consecutive indoor CIAA conference titles.