Vives Named Northeast Men's Coach Of The Year
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2017 indoor track regional awards winners Monday. Roberto Vives, Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at the University at Albany was named Men’s Coach of the Year for the Northeast region.
“I’m excited about the award,” said Vives. “It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers.”
Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches following a nomination period. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.
“To be regognized for an award like this, in a region as competitive as the Northeast, is humbling,” said Vives. “There is tremendous talent in the Northeast, which features representation from the Ivy League schools, the Big East schools, and some ACC schools.”
Vives, who is in his 32nd year at UAlbany, was voted for the award in part because the men’s team won their 12th consecutive America East Indoor Championship this season. Additionally, the men won 10 of 20 events contested at indoor championships, a program high.
“We have a great group of young people who have bought in to our philosophy,” said Vives. “The student-athletes know when they arrive that we expect them to compete at a championship level. We are very fortunate to have the coaching staff and student-athletes we do, as are we for the support our program receives from the administration.”
Winning 12 conference championships in a row means Vives has sustained the program’s success through at least three full graduating classes, a consistency he attributes to those who have come through the program.
“You have to give credit to our alumni who stay in touch with our program,” said Vives. “They set the legacy, and they pass it on to the younger generation. Each new class of student-athletes has accepted the responsibility of that legacy.”
Last weekend, the men’s program won it’s third IC4A Indoor Championship meet, scoring 88 points. It was the men’s first title since winning in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010.
“We accomplished all of our goals for the indoor season,” said Vives. “We won conference and IC4As, and had at least one national qualifier. We are moving closer to our ultimate goal of becoming a top-20 program nationally. The future looks bright.”
There remains one final meet for the indoor season, NCAA Indoor Championships, in which Matthew Campbell will compete in the men’s high jump. He will be joined by Grace Claxton, who will compete in the women’s 400m.