NEW ORLEANS - North Carolina track and field head coach Harlis Meaders was voted the 2014 Division I Men's Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, announced by the association on Monday.
"I am honored to receive the award of Southeast
Region Head Coach of the Year," Meaders said. "Any award that I receive is
simply a reflection of the hard work put in by the student-athletes, the
assistant coaches and the essential staff that make up our team here at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have the honor of steering the
program, but they have been and always will be the engine that drives us."
Meaders, in his second year at UNC, led the men's team to a second-place finish at the ACC Championships where the team placed fourth last year. North Carolina finished as the top-ranked team in the Southeast Region and qualified for two men's events at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Two of Meaders' athletes were crowned ACC
Champions at the conference meet. Meaders also coached AJ Hicks, one of the
champions, to Field Athlete MVP at the ACC Championships.
This year more than 15 athletes on the men's team set personal records and seven athletes recorded marks that were among the top five in school history.