Pate Earns National Assistant Coach of the Year
June 8, 2005
SACRAMENTO,Calif.- After earning Mideast Region Coach of the Year (jumps/multi) earlier this week, Indiana associate head coach Wayne Pate picked up an even more prestigious award, as he was named National Assistant Coach of the Year (jumps/multi), the US Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
Pate has been awarded this honor two out of the three years of its existence, as he also won it in 2003.
2005 Mideast Region Athlete of the Year and eight-time All-American Aarik Wilson is one of the reasons why Pate has been recognized as one of the best assistants in the nation. Under Pate's guidance, Wilson has won two NCAA titles, ten Big Ten titles and earned Great Lakes Athlete of the Year during the indoor season. Pate is also responsible for IU graduate and 2004 Olympian Rose Richmond, who is currently a grad assistant coach for the Hoosiers.
"It is an honor to be recognized for something I love to do," Pate said. "It really means a lot. I take pride in this job and I am thankful for the great athletes I have gotten a chance to work with over the years."
The NCAA Championships get underway on Wednesday June 8, and will resume through Saturday June 11. The Hoosier have a total of nine participants competing at the meet.
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