Redwine, Kokhanovsky earn Regional Coach of the Year honors
NEW ORLEANS – Kansas track & field head coach Stanley Redwine, along with assistant coach Andy Kokhanovsky, took home Midwest Regional awards for the outdoor track season it was announced Sunday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Redwine was named the region’s men’s head coach of the year, while Kokhanovsky claimed the Midwest’s men’s assistant coach of the year award.
Redwine, now in his 17th year at the helm of the Jayhawks, saw his men’s squad claim the runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship for the second-straight season, scoring a program record 143 points. His team boasts nine entries into Eugene, six of which rank among the top-10 in their respective events. In addition, he personally mentored senior Strymar Livingston to conference title in the 800 meters as well as a bid to the NCAA semifinals.
Redwine also saw his Kansas team rise to No. 6 in the USTFCCCA weekly rankings, the highest ranking in program history.
The regional award is the fourth for Redwine and the second this year after he also took home the Midwest’s Men’s Head Coach of the Year award for the indoor season. He was named the Midwest’s Head Coach of the Year for the Kansas women’s team following both the 2012 and 2013 outdoor seasons.
Kokhanovsky, now in his 12th season as the throws coach for the Jayhawks, saw his throwers score 47 points at the Big 12 Championships, including league titles by freshman and NCAA-leader Gleb Dudarev in the hammer throw and Mitch Cooper in the discus, who set a league meet record. He also mentored junior Nicolai Ceban to NCAA qualification in both the shot put and discus. The Jayhawks have four throws entries into the national finals this week in Oregon.
The Regional honor is the first for Kokhanovsky since the current Regional Award format began in 2006.
The Jayhawks are gearing up for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are set to be held June 7-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Kansas men enter the weekend ranked No. 6 in the nation and have nine entries into the meet, while the Jayhawk women come into the week as the 22nd-ranked team and feature eight entries.
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