Earlier this month, the Kansas women’s team captured its first NCAA championship in outdoor track and field. Somewhat surprisingly, it was only the 11th national championship for Kansas in all sports and the seventh in track and field (three men’s indoor titles and three men championships outdoors), but the first for the KU women in the sport.
Now Kansas has another first to boast about. Jayhawk head track and field coach Stanley Redwine has been named Women’s Head Coach of the Year for the first time, and assistant coach Wayne Pate took home the hardware for Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, both for their outstanding achievement this season in outdoor track and field. For Pate, it was the second year in a row that he has received the honor.
This was Redwine’s 13 season as head of the Kansas track and field program. This season, his women’s squad held down the top ranking in the country for eight of the 10 weeks the national poll was conducted. The Kansas women also won the Big 12 outdoor title this season with the help of eight individual champions.
“It’s been an outstanding year for Kansas track and field,” Redwine said. “It’s great to be adding another great accomplishment to a long list of which this team has collected this season.”
Pate has been at Kansas for six seasons. His primary responsibility is to coach the horizontal jumps and combined events. One of Pate’s prized student athletes was Lindsay Volmer, who won the individual title in the heptathlon, the first Kansas women to win an individual championship in track and field.
A graduate of the University of Indiana, Pate has received the national and the Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in both indoor and outdoor track and field in each of the past two years. He has been named National Assistant Coach of the Year six times in his coaching career.