NEW ORLEANS – The National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III season were announced Tuesday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the meeting of the national championship.
History of the USTFCCCA National Award: Sportsmen of the year | Coaches of the year
The member coaches voted on the awards based on the results of both 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan, and during the regular season.
Scroll below to learn more about each of our winners.
Male National Sportsman of the Year
Alex Phillip hurtled through the snow on his way to history at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Phillip, who hails from Akron, Ohio, defended his individual title, covering the 8k course in 24:37.6. That made Phillip just the third man in the past 22 years to go to back-to-back NCAA championships — Wartburg’s Josh Moen in 2003-2004 and UW-Platteville’s Ian LaMere in 2015-2016 are the others. Earlier in the season, Phillip won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 23:56.7. He also earned top individual honors at the OAC Cross Country Championships, finished second at the Spartan Invitational and posted one of the fastest times by an NCAA DIII runner at the Paul Short Run at 23:14.7 .
National Female Sportswoman of the Year
Kassie Parker made quick work of the individual race at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Parker, who hails from Guttenberg, Iowa, trailed the field by nearly eight seconds by the 1-mile mark and continued to push from there. She covered the snow-laden 6km course in 21:06.5, more than 43 seconds faster than the runner-up. Parker became the first female athlete to defend her NCAA title since Wendy Palvus of St. Lawrence in 2009 and 2010. Earlier in the season, Parker won the individual crown at the Midwest Region championships in 21:13.9. Parker also earned top individual honors at the American Cross Country Championships, the Augustana Interregional Invitational, the NCAA DIII Pre-National Invitational and the Catholic National Championships.
Men’s National Coach of the Year
Riley Macon guided MIT to a dream season, capped by a team title at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Macon, in his first year as the Engineers’ head coach, saw his athletes total 82 points, thanks to five All-America efforts, as they captured their first national title in program history by a margin of 47 points. Earlier in the season, Macon led MIT to team titles at the East Region Championships as well as the NEWMAC Cross Country Championships, among others.
National Women’s Coach of the Year
Bobby Van Allen led Johns Hopkins to the team title at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and now his Blue Jays are alone atop the division record book. Johns Hopkins edged UChicago by three points at the Wolverine State to capture its eighth national title in program history, which broke a tie with SUNY Cortland for most titles won by an NCAA DIII women’s program on the circuit of grass Earlier in the season, Van Allen led the Blue Jays to team titles at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships and the Centennial Conference Cross Country Championships, among others.