June 9, 2009
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has awarded Rice University women's head coach Jim Bevan as its South Central Region Coach of the Year. This is his first region coach of the year award. Bevan previously was honored as the 2007 South Central Region Coach of the Year for Cross Country.
During the 2009 outdoor season, Bevan led Rice to its third-consecutive Conference USA Outdoor Championship in being named C-USA Coach of the Year. Bevan, now in his fourth year as head coach and 23rd overall at Rice, leads a contingent of five Rice distance runners at this week's 28th NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Fayetteville, Ark. Running for the Owls are Nicole Mericle (3000m steeplechase), Allison Pye (5000m), Becky Wade (10,000m), Lennie Waite (3000m steeplechase), and Callie Wells (5000m).