by Falcons Sports Information Department
Raleigh, NC - George Williams of Saint Augustine's University was named NCAA Division II Men's National Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the fifth straight season and Sandy Chapman of Saint Augustine's University was chosen NCAA Division II Men's National Outdoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.
Williams won his latest award after guiding the Falcons to their fifth straight NCAA Division II men's outdoor title with seven student-athletes in Bradenton, Fla. last weekend. The national accolade is the 20th in his career since the USTFCCCA fully kept track of the coach of the year winners in 1994.
Under Williams direction, Shawn Rowe (Sr./West Palm Beach, Fla.) won the 400 hurdles and helped the Falcons capture the 4x400 relay which clinched the title. The Falcons, who scored 58 points, trailed by two before beating Lincoln (Mo.) University in the 4x400. Lincoln placed second with 52 points while Ashland University and Tiffin University each scored 50 points.
Earlier in the season, Williams led the Falcons to their 20th straight CIAA outdoor championship in Bowie, Md. The Falcons were victorious in five events at the meet in April. Rowe and Jumonne Exeter (Jr./St. Vincent) were selected CIAA Men's Track and Field Athletes of the Year, respectively, and Rowe was voted NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Saint Augustine's University has won 39 NCAA Division II men's and women's indoor and outdoor national championships combined under Williams, who has won the most NCAA track and field crowns of any coach, regardless of division. He has amassed over 150 coaching honors in his illustrious 41-year coaching career including the 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year honor.
Chapman has been named USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year twice since the inception of the honor in 2013, the year he collected his first award. This is the second coaching award this year for Chapman, who was selected NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Men's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year last week.
An 18-year assistant, Chapman helped guide the Falcons to their fifth consecutive national outdoor men’s championship. He helps Williams with the sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and middle-distance runners and those student-athletes scored all of the Falcons' 58 points including wins in the 400 hurdles and the 4x400 relay.
Chapman earned regional recognition after helping the Falcons gain top-ranking in eight events in the Atlantic Region. He also helped guide the Falcons to their 20th CIAA outdoor title in April. A loyal Falcons assistant, Chapman has been a part of 21 NCAA Division II men's and women's indoor and outdoor national championship teams at Saint Augustine's University.