June 9, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Baylor associate track and field coach Michael Ford was honored as the South Central Regional Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday.
"This is a very well deserved honor for Coach Ford," head coach Todd Harbour said. "He did an outstanding job with the sprinters and hurdlers again this year as he has done over the last 13 seasons."
"I am super honored to win the award this season," Ford said. "I would like to thank the coaches in our region whom voted for me. I also owe a special thank you to my student-athletes that made this honor possible."
Ford, in his 14th year at Baylor, assisting in sprints and hurdles, guided three men's individuals to NCAA Outdoor Championship berths, while his 4x100-meter relay crew will also be in Eugene for a fifth straight year.
Individually, Ford has mentored freshman Trayvon Bromell to one of the country's best seasons. Under Ford, Bromell has clocked a wind-legal, co-World Junior Record 10.01 in the 100 meters and a wind-aided 9.77 which is third-best in NCAA history regardless of wind to win the Big 12 title. Besides Bromell, Ford has helped Everett Walker back from injury to qualify for the NCAA finals in both the 100 and 200 meters. Ford's hurdler, Bryce Grace, will be at the NCAAs as well, having established a personal-best of 13.64 earlier this season. Both Walker, 200 meters, and Grace, 110-meter hurdles, were second at the Big 12 meet.
This is the fourth time Ford has won a regional award. He was honored as the Midwest Region winner in 2005 and 2006, before collecting South Central accolades in 2009.
The regional coach of the year winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Ford is now eligible to earn the national honor.
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