Ryan Vanhoy Tabbed Region Coach of the Year
Nov. 15, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – After leading the Ole Miss men's cross country team to its third straight NCAA appearance in his fourth season at the helm, Ryan Vanhoy was named the South Region Men's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

Vanhoy receives the honor after leading the Rebel men to another record-setting season. The Rebels spent the entire season ranked No. 1 in the South Region as well as top 20 in the nation, going as high as No. 11.

Ole Miss claimed the second NCAA South Region Championship in school history (also won in 2014) to advance to the national meet. The Rebels also matched their best SEC finish in program history, placing runner-up to host Arkansas.

The men had top-three finishes in all meets this season, including team wins at the Rebel Invite (Sept. 9) and Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (Sept. 30).

In his fourth season heading up the Ole Miss cross country program, Vanhoy coached six All-SEC men (two first-team, four second-team) as well as five All-Region men for the third straight year. Vanhoy coached two SEC Runners of the Week - junior Sean Tobin the week of Oct. 4 and senior MJ Erb the week of Oct. 18. Tobin also earned USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week after winning the individual title at Notre Dame.

Previously, Vanhoy was awarded South Region Men’s Indoor Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 and South Region Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015.

The Rebels will finish their cross country season at the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row, all under Vanhoy's coaching, Competition will take place Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course. The women will run at 10 a.m. CT, and the men will follow at 11 a.m.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field and Cross Country, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissTrack), Facebook and Instagram.






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