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Frye named Nike Coach of the Year


Jill Geer
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field
(508) 520-1529

MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Carolina head coach Curtis Frye was named 2001 Nike Coach of the Year Friday by USA Track & Field (USATF) at USATF’s 2001 Annual Meeting. Frye was to receive his award Friday night at Jesse Owens Awards Dinner and Xerox Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“The Nike Coach of the Year Award is a very prestigious award,” Frye said. “It's one I didn't expect to get so early in my career. To receive an award that John Smith (Maurice Greene’s coach) and Trevor Graham (Marion Jones’ coach) have received the past two years - that's great company. I am thankful that I am coaching athletes that can bring that type of recognition to South Carolina. We have an outstanding coaching staff and support staff here, which allows our athletes to succeed at many levels.”

Already recognized as one of the nation’s top coaches, Frye and the elite athletes he coaches in 2001 had an extraordinary year. Allen Johnson won his third World Championships gold medal in the 110m hurdles, his fourth U.S. Outdoor crown in the event, the Goodwill Games title and part of the IAAF Golden League jackpot for winning five Golden League races; fellow hurdler Terrence Trammell won the U.S. and World indoor titles in the 60m hurdles and was second to Johnson at the GMC Envoy USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Monique Hennagan won Goodwill Games gold as part of the women’s 4x400m relay team; Demetria Washington won the World University Games women’s 400m, with fellow South Carolina athlete Miki Barber third. Washington and Barber also were part of the winning U.S. 4x400m relay team at WUGs that included Barber’s twin, Lisa, who also attends South Carolina and is coached by Frye. All told, 11 athletes with ties to Frye and South Carolina competed at the World Outdoor Championships.

“Curtis has become one of the nation’s leading coaches on the collegiate and elite levels,” said John Capriotti, Global/US Sports Marketing Athletics Director of Nike. “Our sport is fortunate to have someone of his caliber coaching American athletes, and Nike is honored to be able to present him with the Coach of the Year Award.”

Frye’s South Carolina women’s team was second at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where USC’s 4x400m relay team set the collegiate indoor national record. Washington won the NCAA 400m title indoors, while USC athletes combined to collect 30 All-America honors in indoor and outdoor track. Frye’s men’s team placed 16th at the NCAA Indoor Champions and 19th Outdoors. In addition to his duties at South Carolina, Frye served as the Team USA head coach at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.

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