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NEW ORLEANS, LA - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its regional awards Tuesday afternoon with Penn State cross country and track & field head coach John Gondak getting the nod for Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors. Award winners were voted upon by USTFCCCA member coaches.
During his time as an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions, Gondak collected five Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year awards. Gondak received Mid-Atlantic Region indoor track & field Men's Head Coach of the Year last spring during his first year as the head coach and director of the Penn State cross country and track & field programs. More recently, Gondak was named the 2015 Big Ten Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Gondak, in his second season at the helm at Penn State, has already put his mark on the program with an upset victory over Michigan for the team's first Big Ten title since 2009 and second in program history. The No. 9 Nittany Lions followed that performance up this past weekend with a victory in the Mid-Atlantic Regional over Georgetown to qualify for their sixth NCAA Championship in the past seven years.
"I'd like to thank all the voters in the region who voted on this award," said Gondak. "It's a great honor for me and this program. Our women have been running very well this year and this award is a testament to their hard work and efforts that they've put in everyday at practice, and their passion when they race at competitions. I'd also like to thank Assistant Coach Angela Reckart, Athletic Trainer Michael Gay, and all the great support we have here at Penn State from the administration, support services, and our athletic department."
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