O'Neal Named South Region Cross Country Coach of the Year
Brian O'Neal (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Nov. 18, 2014



NEW ORLEANS - The accolades for Ole Miss cross country continued on Tuesday as head coach Brian O'Neal was named South Region Cross Country Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA. 

In O'Neal's third year leading the program, the Rebels recorded a decisive victory in the South Region Championship to earn their first ever cross country NCAA Championship berth.

It's not the first time O'Neal has been recognized for his coaching efforts. The Pontotoc, Mississippi, native was the 2008 USTFCCCA South Region Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year while at Ole Miss and the 2009 USTFCCCA Men's Indoor National Assistant Coach of the Year while at Florida.

The Rebels surged to first in the region after finishing ninth last year. Ole Miss had finished no better than seventh at a cross country regional since 2005.

The championship performance led to the Ole Miss men's first top 25 ranking in the history of the USTFCCCA poll at No. 24.

The historic regional came on the heels of Ole Miss' runner-up finish at the SEC Championship, which matched the best SEC finish in program history.

The Rebels' honors this year include the SEC Freshman of the Year (Sean Tobin), five All-Region honorees (Wesley Gallagher, Tobin, Robert Domanic, Trevor Gilley, Taylor Caldwell), three All-SEC first teamers (Gallagher, Tobin, Domanic) and three SEC All-Freshmen (Tobin, Caldwell, Mark Robertson).

Ole Miss will make its NCAA Championship debut in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Rebels ran on the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course early in the season at the Pre-Nationals Invitational.

Be sure and follow Ole Miss on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and O'Neal @CoachBrianONeal. Also, check out Facebook.com/OleMissTrack.




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