Chapman Named Big Ten Coach of the Year
November 1, 2000
Dr. Robert Chapman Named Big Ten Coach of the Year
Bloomington, Ind.--Indiana mens cross country head coach Robert Chapman has had a great deal to smile about during the past four days. On Sunday, October 29th at the Big Ten Championship held in Madison, Wisconsin, the mens team took second overall (81 points) for their highest conference finish since 1980. Receiving All-Big Ten honors was senior Aaron Gillen (3rd/83/8K-24:11) and sophomore Chad Andrews (11th/83/8K-24:39).
On Tuesday, October 31st, Indiana started the Halloween holiday off right, haunting teams around the nation and in the region and conjuring memories of the dominance of the sport of cross country in the history of this university. The United States Cross Country Coaches Association released their latest poll that day, which ranked Indiana 15th in the nation and 2nd in the Great Lakes Region.
To add to the fervor, head coach Robert Chapman was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in todays conference release. This season is Chapmans third year at Indiana University. Already, he is wiping out his own records. In 1999, the Hoosiers jumped five spots in the Big Ten standings to take 5th, their highest show since 1993. Yet, Chapman was not satisfied and it showed at the most recent championship. Still, this team is not satisfied and they look to the Great Lakes Regional to be held in Ypsilanti, Michigan and hosted by Eastern Michigan on November 11th to continue adding to the record books by qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time since the days of IU running legend Bob Kennedy.
For more information visit the Indiana Athletics web page at www.athletics.indiana.edu
To set up an interview with coach Chapman or with mens cross country athletes, contact Brooke Nash at (812) 855-9399 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org