March 6, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Bubba Thornton was voted the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Coach of Year, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Thornton earned the conference's coach of the year award for the ninth time in his 18 seasons at Texas, including five during indoors (also 1999, 2006, 2008 and 2009).
This recent accolade stems from the Longhorns claiming last month's Big 12 Indoor title. Texas tallied 135 points, the third-highest point total in meet history, and led from start to finish. The charge was led by senior thrower Hayden Baillio totaling a team-best 14 points and senior Keiron Stewart posting his second Big 12 crown in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72. Freshman Johannes Hock also captured the heptathlon crown.
Under Thornton, the Horns have won nine conference titles and finished in the top 15 of the NCAA Indoor Championships in 14 of his 17 previous seasons.
Thornton has produced 24 NCAA individual champions, a relay champion and 79 athletes who have combined for 203 All-America honors (indoor and outdoor) at Texas. His athletes hold 18 of the 20 indoor school records.
The 2013 indoor season concludes this weekend with the NCAA Championships. The two-day meet gets underway Friday from Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Ark.