KU Coach Stanley Redwine Meets With Press to Preview NCAA Track Championships

June 5, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – Kansas track & field head coach Stanley Redwine met with members of the media on the campus of Drake University Tuesday afternoon along with five of the nation’s top coaches to discuss the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Redwine discussed his excitement for this week’s competition as well as how his women’s squad has climbed to become one of the top teams in the country this year.

Below is a transcript of Redwine’s statements as well as a video to highlights from Tuesday’s press conference.

The 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships will kick off Wednesday, June 6 and will run through Saturday afternoon, June 9. Log on to kuathletics.com for complete coverage throughout the week and follow on twitter at KU_Track.

Coaches’ Press Conference
NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
June 5, 2012

Stanley Redwine, Kansas Head Coach
Opening Statement:
“Hello everyone, Stanley Redwine, University of Kansas, coach of both the men and women. We have 19 here, 12 women and seven men. We’re excited about our women and our men, of course. We’re looking forward to having a great meet. We have some (athletes) that have really good experience and some that it’s their first time here. But I’m definitely blessed to be in the midst of these coaches and I hope that our athletes perform to a high level.”

On how Kansas feels being a national title contender with schools like Texas A&M:
“Yes, we’re definitely excited to be here but I think it’s just been a long process. The athletes have worked hard. At the Big 12 Championships, they competed against (Texas) A&M. So we see a high level of competition all the time. We definitely don’t like losing. They are competitive and want to continue to do better, that’s what it is. We have coaches that are going out and recruiting a balanced team; the idea is to have a balanced team and I thank God that everyone has done that.”

On former Jayhawks like Jim Ryun supporting the Kansas track and field program:
“He came before and he comes after (representing Kansas’ 2nd district in the United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007). He is a great supporter of our track and field program. Not only him, Billy Mills and everyone else. They’ve done a great job of supporting us and encouraging the athletes in their success.”

Pat Henry, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the competition his team has on the women’s side this year:
“I know LSU has a tremendous group. I know Kansas is really good. Those guys have done a great job. Stanley has done a great job this year, his team have really come together well. And he has a good group of athletes.”