St. Thomas Men's Track and Field's Steve Mathre was named Central Region Men's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association. It was the fourth such honor indoors or outdoors over the last dozen years.
Last week Mathre was named MIAC Coach of the Year. In the last 12 years alone he has coach several dozen All-Americans and had five NCAA champion relays or individual competitors.
St. Thomas had six victories among 16 top-three placings and cruised to a 79.5-point team win art the Feb. 21-22 conference meet. The Tommies received points from 29 different athletes and had more than two dozen season-best performances. They scored in 20 of 21 events -- 185 points in all -- only missing in the 4x200, where it initially had a top-four finish but was disqualified.
Mathre's team made it 35 team titles out of a possible 35 since the first MIAC indoor meet was contested in 1985.
Mathre has guided St. Thomas to 42 of a possible 47 league team titles indoors and outdoors in his 24 seasons. He's also guided the Tommies to 18 MIAC outdoor championships since he was named head coach here in 1996.
St. Thomas is ranked No. 17 in the national power rankings by the USTFCCCA. The Purple men have seven athletes competing at nationals in eight events. They also had 10 athletes named All-Region with top-five indoor performances in the region in 2019.