Case Western Reserve University Head Cross Country Coach Kathy Lanese has been named NCAA Great Lakes Region Women's Coach of the Year, as announced today by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"This award is bigger than any award I have ever received," said Lanese. "It's a true sign of my team's loyalty to me, and dedication to each other and to our program. It has been a year beyond belief."
This has been an eventful autumn for Lanese and her women's team. The 5th-ranked Spartans made history in October by winning their first-ever University Athletic Association Championship. They then won the first regional title in school history, scoring 53 points to edge Calvin College (57) for the Great Lakes Championship.
Lanese, who was also the University Athletic Association Women's Coach of the Year, is currently in her sixth season (2001-present) as head cross country coach for the men and women at Case. She also spent 1990-1993 with the Spartans as head women's cross country coach.
Including Lanese, the University Athletic Association had four cross country coaches named coach of the year in their respective regions. New York University's Nick McDonough (men) won in the Atlantic, Emory University's John Curtin (women) was tops in the South/Southeast and Washington University in St. Louis' Jeff Stiles (men) won it in the Midwest.
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