University of Delaware Women’s Track & Field Head Coach Wendy McFarlane Earns CAA Coach of the Year Honors
RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Delaware women’s outdoor track & field head coach Wendy McFarlane earned an impressive honor Friday when she was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year for the 2014 season.
McFarlane, who led the Blue Hens to their first-ever CAA title back in May, was selected from a vote of the league coaches. She was among several people honored by the CAA as the league announced its end-of-the-year women’s track & field honors and all-league citations.
In addition to McFarlane, William & Mary senior Elaina Bouris was named Female Athlete of the Year for the second straight year and Northeastern freshman Lucy Young was named CAA Rookie of the Year.
“I am humbled and grateful to receive such an honor,” said McFarlane, who also serves as head coach of the UD cross country and indoor track & field teams. “On behalf of my staff and athletes who have made this award possible, I would like to thank the coaches who voted and the CAA committee for acknowledging our success this season. A championship title is hard to attain and would not be possible without the support of a hard working and dedicated staff. Thanks to Larry Pratt, Tim Brock, Terrence Gadson, Eddie Kolofer, Marlene McIlhenny, and Mel Boldt, and to our student-athletes who have worked tirelessly for our successes this season.”
McFarlane, who closed out her sixth season at the helm of the Blue Hens this spring, was selected as the Coach of the Year in women’s track and field for the first time after guiding Delaware to its first CAA championship. The Blue Hens captured six individual event titles and compiled 158 points to win the league championship by 20 points. Also during the season, the Hens captured team titles at the Delaware Invitational, Delaware Classic, and James Madison Invitational and placed second at the Navy Invitational.
After leading the Delaware women’s track & field teams to fifth place finishes at the CAA Outdoor Meet in 2011 and 2012, she guided the team to a second place finish in 2013 before the Hens won it all this past spring. She becomes the first UD women’s track & field coach to earn league Coach of the Year honors.
In addition to the top honors, the CAA also announced its all-league teams based on finishes at the CAA meet.
Earning All-CAA honors for the Blue Hens were Lindsay Prettyman (800m, 1,500m), Katie Deinert (10,000m), Latoya James (100m hurdles), Breanna Nicholson (4 x 400m relay), Alexandra Carroll (4 x 400m relay), Kelley Donovan (4 x 400m relay), Chelsi Campbell (4 x 400m relay), Kelsey Evancho (high jump), Haley Gorenflo (pole vault), Amira Idris (long jump, triple jump), Paige Morris (triple jump), Alana Pantale (shot put, discus, javelin), and Monica Hagenauer (hammer).