IOWA CITY, Iowa – For the second time in as many days, University of Iowa director of track and field Joey Woody has collected a Coach of the Year honor. Woody has been named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year. The USTFCCCA announced its regional award winners Thursday. The Big Ten Conference named Woody its Men’s Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
Iowa is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Region and No. 18 nationally. The Hawkeyes reached as high as No. 9 nationally this season, the best ranking in school history. The Iowa men have four events ranked in the nation’s top 10, including the 400 meters (2), 60-meter hurdles (2), long jump (4) and shot put (7).
Woody led Iowa to its first outright Big Ten Indoor Championships since 1929, scoring a school-record 119 points, 27 more than second-place Indiana. The Hawkeyes had 10 medalists, including Big Ten champions James Carter, Jr., in the long jump and Peyton Haack in heptathlon.
The USTFCCCA honor is the fourth of Woody’s career. He earned head coach honors after Iowa’s 2019 Big Ten Championships, and was named Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2011.
Four Hawkeye men have qualified for 2021 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas on March 11-13 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They include Jamal Britt in the 60-meter hurdles, Wayne Lawrence, Jr. in the 400 meters, and Peyton Haack and Austin West in the Heptathlon. Mallory King is also competing in the 800 meters on the women’s side.
For more information regarding the Division I indoor track and field championships is available at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive.