Honord For Efforts
- University of Arkansas associate head track coach Rolando Greene was
honored for his hard work when he was awarded the United States Track
Coaches Association's assistant track coach of the year award at the 2004
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.
Greene, an Arkansas assistant since 1996,
has completely rewritten the Lady Razorback record books since his arrival
in Fayetteville and 2004 was a banner year as his athletes won the university's
first two NCAA individual championships in the sprints. Junior Veronica
Campbell was the first to accomplish the task during the indoor season
and fellow junior LaShaunte'a Moore completed a 200-meter sweep outdoors.
"I am very honored to be recognized by my
peers as one of the top assistants," Greene said. "The fact is that I
could not have done it without the young ladies that have come to Arkansas.
I have been blessed to have wonderful student-athletes here beginning
with Elisha Brewer and Kyla Shoemake to Veronica Campbell and LaShaunte'a
Moore. I just have to thank God for everything He has done."
While Greene has been one of the top assistants
for years, it was his efforts in 2004 that pushed the his name to the
top of the candidate pool for the sprints and hurdles coach of the year.
Arkansas' sprint corp won two NCAA individual championships, earned 12
all-America honors, won three Southeastern Conference championship and
set a collegiate record. While Campbell and Moore stole most of the headlines
with their numerous championship efforts it was a team effort that picked
up the numerous accolades. Other sprinters and hurdlers that played a
major factor in Arkansas' success included Kasia Williams, Shaneatra Neely,
Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Beyonka McDowell and Aneita Denton.
For Greene, the award is the first of his
coaching career which began in Springfield, Mo., as a member of the Southwest
Missouri State Bears before moving to the University of Minnesota and
eventually to Fayetteville.
For more information about Lady Razorback
track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.