NEW ORLEANS – University at Albany assistant track & field coach Deshaya Williams has been named Northeast Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Sunday.
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.
Williams, who is in her fourth year at UAlbany, was honored for her work with the UAlbany men's throwers. Under Williams' guidance, the men won two of four events at the America East Outdoor Championships. Senior Jonathan Eustache won the discus and freshman Adrian Mitchell won the javelin. In total, the men's throwers scored 31 points at conference championships, trailing only the jumpers, who scored 33.
This season also saw senior Eric DelVescovo set the school record in the shot put. DelVescovo recorded a mark of 55-00.00 at UAlbany's Spring Classic in April, surpassing the previous school record of 54-04.25 set in 1973 by Rudolf Vido. Additionally, Mitchell recorded the second-best mark in program history in the javelin, and Eustache recorded the second-best mark in the discus and fourth-best mark in the hammer.
Since her arrival, Williams has overseen 15 America East throwing champions, and the throwers as a group have been one of the highest-scoring groups the team can count on to bolster their team championship efforts. Williams will close out this season with Mitchell at NCAA Outdoor Championships this week.