NACOGDOCHES,Texas (Press release) – Stephen F. Austin head track and field coach Phil Olson has been named 2010 Southland Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year league officials announced Tuesday afternoon. It is the eighth time in his career Olson has received the award.
During his 11 seasons on campus, Olson has guided the SFA track and field and cross country programs to 15 SLC Championships, including two titles this past season, but none may be more memorable than the Ladyjacks' 2010 outdoor title. The Ladyjacks dominated the competition scoring 201.5 points to outdistance the field by 99.5 points.
The Ladyjacks' performance set a new standard for dominance in the conference. SFA's 201-point performance set a new women's scoring record at the SLC Championships, and is the second-highest point total ever record by a men's or women's team. It is the first time a team has scored at least 200 points in a meet since the 1984 season.
The Ladyjacks finished the meet with two SLC individual titles and 24 athletes earned all-conference honors. But it wasn't the all-conference finishes that was the most impressive stat about SFA's finish, but the number of athletes who advanced to the finals. SFA place at least two athletes in the finals of 11 events, and three athletes in seven different events.
The victory had dual significance for the SFA athletics department. The Ladyjacks victory, along with the SFA men's runner-up finish locked up the school's first-ever SLC Commissioner's Cup, and award given annually to the league's most successful athletics department. The Ladyjacks won both the SLC Indoor and Outdoor titles in 2010.