NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Jud Logan of Ashland University and Jerry Baltes of Grand Valley State University Division II National Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field "Coaches of the Year," respectively.
Jud Logan is in his fourth season as AU's head coach. Prior to
being elevated to the head coaching job, he spent 12 years as an
assistant coach at AU. This is the second consecutive year Logan
has received a national award from the USTFCCCA. Last year, he was
the national men's outdoor track and field coach of the year. Logan
is the 2009 GLIAC men's indoor track and field coach of the year.
This year, the AU men won a conference crown, ending a nine-year
streak that saw Grand Valley State win the indoor crown every year.
Logan has been named the GLIAC coach of the year three times.
Entering the national meet, the AU men are ranked second in the nation and the women are third. A year ago, the Ashland men placed fifth indoors and third outdoors. The women were fifth indoors and ninth outdoors in 2008. The Eagles have 19 student-athletes competing at this year's national championship meet in Houston.
Baltes has led the GVSU women's indoor track teams to a stunning 10 consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) titles. All told, Baltes has been named the conference's Coach of the Year 21 times in his tenure across all three sports. He also earned the 2007 USTFCCCA Women's Indoor Coach of the Year honor.
The Lakers will look to improve upon their sixth place finish at last year's championships, as they qualified 13 individuals and two relays for the 2009 indoor championship.