Turk Named USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year
June 9, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois men's track and field coach Mike Turk was named Men's Coach of the Year for the Midwest region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
"It is an honor to be recognized by my peers," said Turk. "This is a tribute to the collective efforts of our staff and, especially, the athletes who have worked so hard this year."
In his third season as head coach, Turk guided the Illini to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the highest team finish since 1994. The Orange and Blue also captured a share of the HyVee Cup at the prestigious Drake Relays for the second straight year, tying with then-ranked No. 4 Arkansas.
In April, Illinois earned its highest mid-season ranking in program history after grabbing the No. 14 spot in the USTFCCCA week four national poll. Previously, the highest mid-season ranking came in week five of the 2013 season when the Illini earned a No. 22 spot.
The honor marks the first Coach of the Year honor for Turk since joining the Fighting Illini coaching staff in 2006.