Felkins Named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year|
Cliff Felkins was named Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year Monday by the USTFCCCA.
March 5, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Veteran throws coach Cliff Felkins has been named the Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In his 11th year as assistant coach at Texas Tech, Felkins has guided three field athletes into the Top 15 of the national indoor rankings this year, including Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year Kelly Closse in the weight throw.
"Coach Felkins has proven over and over that he can develop athletes," head coach Wes Kittley said. "He continues to show why he is one of the best throws coaches in the country."
Under the guidance of Felkins, Closse enters the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend ranked nationally at No. 3 on the weight throw list and No. 13 in the shot put.
Meanwhile, Ifeatu Okafor ranks No. 17 nationally in the shot put.
Felkins has become one of the most decorated assistant coaches on Texas Tech track and field staff. In 2009, he helped to guide D'Andra Carter to an NCAA national title in the discuss, two All-American honors and back-to-back Big 12 championships. In that same year Patience Knight garnered three All-American honors and won two-straight indoor and outdoor Big 12 shot put titles.
To round out the banner year, Harrison Benjamin also garnered a Big 12 title in the outdoor shot put.
Prior to arriving at Tech, Felkins served on Kittley's coaching staff at Abilene Christian University.