Coach Wheatley Earns USTFCCCA Honors
March 4, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois men's track and field assistant coach Adrian Wheatley was named Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Midwest region by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
"I am so proud of coach Wheatley," head coach Mike Turk said. "He is an outstanding coach and person. Coach Wheatley has brought another dimension to our program and I am happy he is being recognized for his outstanding work."
In his second year at Illinois, Wheatley coaches the sprints, hurdles and relays. The Illini sprinters and hurdlers scored 54 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships to help the squad to a second-place team finish which was the highest in program history since 2000. Wheatley is the coach of 60m/200m standout Brandon Stryganek and junior Stephon Pamilton in the 400m, both captured their first conference titles this season. He is also the coach of junior hurdler Vanier Joseph who finished runner-up at the conference championship and currently is tied for the 11th best time in the country.
Wheatley will also guide the 4x400m relay - including team members DJ Zahn, Juan Paul Green, Malcolm Taylor and Pamilton - into this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships. In all, Wheatley's athletes have claimed two Big Ten titles, rank in the school's top-10 in seven events and three are nationally ranked in the top-30 in their respective events.
The honor marks the first Assistant Coach of the Year citation for Wheatley since joining the Fighting Illini coaching staff last year.