Kansas track & field assistant coach Wayne Pate has been recognized as the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the outdoor season, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Pate, who is in his fifth year coaching the horizontal jumps and the multi-events, has now earned the honor four times, twice while at Indiana (2003, 2005) and twice at Kansas, both coming this year for the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Pate's athletes notched 14 points at the NCAA Championships where the Jayhawks finished in a tie for fourth as a team with 28 points. Junior Andrea Geubelle finished third nationally in the triple jump while Francine Simpson and Geubelle placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump.
KU's jumps squad scored 35 points at the Big 12 Championships as part of a runner-up team showing. Simpson and Geubelle finished 1-2 in the long jump, Geubelle won the triple jump and Lindsay Vollmer placed third in the heptathlon at the league meet.
Pate was also named the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year following the 2012 indoor season, helping his athletes to the runner-up team finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Geubelle won the national crown in the triple jump. His athletes also scored 36 points, including a 1-2 finish in the long jump, at the Big 12 Indoor Championships helping KU place third.
Pate joins Texas A&M's coach Vince Anderson as the only Big 12 coaches to earn the outdoor honor.