Nebraska track and field coach Gary Pepin was named the Midwest Region Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. The coaching association has now named Pepin the coach of the year nine times.
In his 33rd season with Nebraska, Pepin led Nebraska to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. He was named Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year for guiding NU to its first men’s title in the Big Ten. He has most recently led the Husker men to a ninth-place ranking in the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings with nine qualifiers to the NCAA Finals this week in Eugene.
Pepin’s squad will be well represented at the national meet this week with 18 men’s and women’s athletes making the trip. On the men’s side, the Huskers are tied for sixth for entries into the NCAA Championships, with nine total. The women are tied for ninth with seven total entries. Chad Wright and Mara Griva will both be competing in two events each.
Nationals in Eugene, OR., are set to begin on Wednesday and will be completed on Saturday.