(Fairfield, CT) – Sacred Heart head coach Christian Morrison has been named Northeast Conference Outdoor Women's Track and Field Head Coach of the Year. Morrison, who also serves as head coach of Sacred Heart's Men's Outdoor Track and Field, Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field, and Men's and Women's Cross Country teams, wins an NEC Coach of the Year award for the seventh time overall and second time for Women's Outdoor Track and Field.
This past season under Coach Morrison, the Pioneer Women's Outdoor Track and Field team placed 2nd in the NEC Championships and 5th in the New England Championships, while the Men finished 3rd in the NEC's and 12th in New England's.
"Christian Morrison is among the most dedicated senior members of the Sacred Heart University coaching staff," said C. Donald Cook, Executive Director of Athletics. "His accomplishments in developing a top level track and field program, along with an already established reputation in cross country, places him in an elite category among his peers in the NEC and beyond, regionally and nationally. I can't think of anyone more deserving of being recognized by his peer coaches in receiving the 2011 NEC Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year Award. His reputation for hard work, loyalty, and dedication to his student-athletes makes this long overdue recognition of accomplishment all the more deserving. It's a true validation of who Christian is on the track and beyond. "
Under Morrison's tutelage, Jeremy Rosado was named the NEC Most Outstanding Track Performer and the Most Valuable Performer for winning gold in both the 110m Hurdles (14.49) and 400m Hurdles (53.35). Other Pioneers joining Rosado on the Men's All-NEC First Team are Jeffrey Lusignan in the 1500m (3:54.91) and Daniel Koehler in the Steeple (9:31.51).
Bertony Jean-Louis made the Men's All-NEC Second Team in the 110m Hurdles (14.52), while Brandon Hutchinson did the same in Triple Jump (14.38m).
Hutchinson also earned Men's All-NEC Rookie honors in Long Jump (6.92m) and Triple Jump (14.38m). Marc Troiani joined him in Shot Put (14.32m) and Discuss (46.56m), as did Daniel Pepitone in Hammer Throw (44.94m).
Battis and Aponte also were named to the Women's All-NEC Rookie Team in Pole Vault (3.30m) and Shot Put (14.10m) respectively, while Joselyn Henry also joined them in both Long Jump (5.51m) and Triple Jump (10.95m).