June 10, 2014
NEW ORLEANS--Villanova head coach Marcus O'Sullivan was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the outdoor season in an announcement made this afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the third such honor of the 2013-14 academic year for O'Sullivan, who also received the award following the cross country and indoor track & field seasons. He has guided the Wildcats to their first-ever BIG EAST "triple crown," as Villanova won the team titles at the BIG EAST Championships in all three seasons.
The outdoor season has been a particularly special one for the Wildcats and has included not only a conference championship but also a Championship of America title in the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays. The season continues this week for Villanova, which has four qualifiers for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. The four qualifiers for the national meet is the most for the Wildcats since the 2002 season.
Villanova had built plenty of momentum for a strong outdoor campaign with its success in cross country during the fall and during the indoor season. The first major accomplishment outdoors came on the final day of the Penn Relays when the Wildcats won the 4x800 meter relay for the first time in more than 20 years. It was the 95th title all-time at the Penn Relays for the Villanova men's program and the first since a championship in the distance medley relay in 2011. The last time the Wildcats won the 4x800 relay was in 1992.
For the fourth time in the last seven years Villanova hosted the BIG EAST Championships at Villanova Stadium. Along the way to winning the sixth outdoor conference title in program history the Wildcats set a meet record for the highest team score in the 35-year history of the conference meet. Villanova amassed 225.5 points over two days and won six different events to win its first BIG EAST title outdoors since 1986. O'Sullivan and the rest of the coaching staff were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
At the NCAA East Preliminary last week the Wildcats had eight qualifiers in four events. Four of those athletes advanced to this week's NCAA Championships, where Villanova will be represented in the 800 meters, the 1500 meters and the long jump.
O'Sullivan is now a six-time Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year during his time at the helm of the Wildcats program. He is also an eight-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year. In his 16 years as Villanova head coach O'Sullivan has mentored 15 national champions, 80 All-Americans and 158 BIG EAST champions.
Villanova Team Accomplishments During 2014 Outdoor Season