Veteran Golden Gopher women’s track & field coach Lynne Anderson was named the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Midwest Region Assistant Throws Coach of the Year. Anderson and the other USTFCCCA award winners will be recognized at a banquet this evening at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Anderson, in her 27th season at Minnesota, has three throwers competing in this season’s national meet, with at least one entrant in each of the four throwing events. All three own NCAA experience with Liz Alabi (hammer and shot put), Liz Podominick (shot put and discus) competing in their third outdoor championship and Ruby Radocaj (javelin) making her second NCAA appearance. Overall, Anderson has coached 10 women to 21 All-America honors.
“Lynne is definitely one of the finest throws coaching, male or female, in the nation,” said Golden Gopher head coach Matt Bingle. “She is so deserving of this award and the recognition that goes with it.”
The NCAA Championships runs from Wednesday to Saturday, June 6-9. Joining the three Gopher throwers competing in the meet are Heather Dorniden (800 meters), Emily Brown (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Alicia Rue (pole vault).