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McGuirk Named NCAA Division III Women's Track and Field National Coach of the Year

Willamette University Head Coach Matt McGuirk has been named NCAA Division III Women's Track and Field National Coach of the Year for 2007, as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

McGuirk previously was selected NCAA Division III Men's Track and Field National Coach of the Year in 2004. He led the Willamette women's track and field team to its sixth consecutive Northwest Conference (NWC) championship this spring, as the Bearcats took first place at the NWC meet by more than a two-to-one margin. Ten athletes (plus a relay alternate) competed for the Willamette women's team at the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships this past weekend in Wisconsin.

"This is a great honor for Matt and our track and field program," said Mark Majeski, Willamette Director of Athletics. "He develops well-rounded young men and women who maximize their potential as athletes and human beings. Matt's accomplishments provide a model for Division III athletics and one to which all coaches should aspire."

Last week, McGuirk was named NCAA Division III West Region Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year for the third time, and in the fall he was chosen 2006 NCAA Division III West Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. He was named West Region Coach of the Year in men's and women's track and field in 2004 and 2005.

McGuirk joined the Willamette coaching staff in 1999 as interim head coach of men's cross country, assistant women's cross country coach and assistant men's and women's track and field coach. He became head coach of men's cross country in 2000 and has been the head coach of the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams since the spring of 2004.

"You don't get one of those awards [National Coach of the Year] unless you've got great people around you," McGuirk said. "Our coaching staff is excellent and of course our athletes are, too."

McGuirk has been selected NWC Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year all four years since becoming head coach. He was named NWC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

McGuirk has guided both of Willamette's track and field teams to national rankings this season. The women's team is ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA Poll for NCAA Division III, while the men's team is ranked 19th.

05-28-2007