March 9, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Florida -- Rick Sloan, Washington State University men's and women's track and field coach, has been selected the West Region women's Coach of the Year for the 2000 Indoor season by the United States Track Coaches Association.
Sloan is in his fifth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program, sixth year as the head coach for men, and 27th season as a coach with the Cougar track program. This is the second consecutive year Sloan has received the USTCA West Region Coach of the Year award for women's track.
The WSU women's track team successfully defended its 1999 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championship February 25-26, at Reno. The Cougar women outscored the competition by more than 20 points for the 2000 team title.
The March/April issue of Sports Illustrated for Women, magazine features the Washington State women's track team and field team in its Spring Sports College Preview. The Cougar women are listed as eighth among the top ten outdoor track and field teams. UCLA was selected first, followed by USC, LSU, Texas, South Carolina, Houston and Stanford. Following WSU was Florida, ninth, and Nebraska 10th.
Sloan has been honored as MPSF Coach of the Year for both men and women in 1998 and again for the women in 1999. In the spring of 1998, he received the District 8 Men's Coach of the Year award.