Donley Named Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year

June 8, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association has named KU’s Milan Donley as the Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Donley won the award for his work with the Jayhawks’ multi-athletes and jumpers.

Donley, who is currently in his fifth season at KU, is in Sacramento, Calif., preparing senior Brooklyn Hann and freshman Crystal Manning in the triple jump for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

“This is a very deserving award for coach Donley,” Kansas head track and field coach Stanley Redwine said.

Donley coached Hann and Manning to big finishes in the triple jump at the 2005 Midwest Regional Championships. Hann took second place in the event with a best effort of 42-01.50, while Manning jumped a personal best 41-03.75 to place third. The duo picked up 14 points in the event.

Donley came to Kansas from East Tennessee State University where he was the head track and field and cross-country coach. While at ETSU, Donley was Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He guided 54 individual Southern Conference champions, 13 NCAA qualifiers, two All-Americans and his teams set 25 school records.

The Jayhawks will begin action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships today. Check for the details of each day’s events.