Bev Kearney inducted into U.S. Track Coaches' Hall of Fame
AUSTIN, Texas -- Next Tuesday, Dec. 18 will be a very special night for Texas head women's track and field/cross country coach Bev Kearney.
Kearney, in her 16th season at Texas, was selected as one of eight inductees into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame. The Class of 2007 includes Lew Hartzog (Southern Illinois), Cyrus Jones (Lincoln), Tom Jones (Florida), Kearney, John Mitchell (Georgia), Irv Mondschein (Pennsylvania), Jim Sackett (Cal Poly Pomona) and Karl Schlademan (Michigan State).
Although the announcement was made by the national organization on Monday, Aug. 13, the actual ceremony takes place at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, during the annual USTFCCCA Convention. The event starts at 7 p.m. Central with a Hall of Fame Reception followed by the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at 8 p.m. Central.
Tickets for the event are $75 for general public and administrators and can be purchased from USTFCCCA's Membership Services, prior to the event.
"Obviously, it is an appropriate honor for one of the best track and field coaches in the world," said Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky. "Bev's impact on track, especially women's track, is without peer. If you start with her ladder of success from the time she started at Toledo and continued to Indiana State, Tennessee and then Florida, we are so proud of what she has achieved over decades of work."
Kearney was nominated to the Hall of Fame Committee by her coaching peers. The group selects yearly recipients based on their merits and success in the coaching world. All coaches are eligible for nomination.
Kearney is the sixth Longhorn inducted into the track coaches Hall of Fame. She joins former women's coach Terry Crawford and men's coaches Clyde Littlefield (1921-61), Cleburne Price (1971-85), Stan Huntsman (1986-95).
For the second consecutive year, a Longhorn is included in the induction class for the track coaches association. Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, for his success in track and field as a coach at Kansas State.