November 4, 2007

McPhail Earns Regional Coach of the Year Honors

WINGATE, NC--Lees-McRae College women's cross country coach Craig McPhail was recognized by the coaches of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region as Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year as his team captured their 2nd regional championship in six years. The award is presented by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and will be presented at the National Championships Awards Banquet in Joplin, MO, Saturday, November 17th.

McPhail, who took over the program in 1998, has built the program up into one of the best in the southeast. This marks his second Regional Coach of the Year honor. He has been named Conference Coach of the Year 11 times (7 for women; 3 for men).

He has coached five individual Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference champions, one NCAA DII Southeast Regional Champion, 28 All-NCAA Southeast runners, and 64 All-CVAC runners, along with five Freshman of the Year Runners. There have been 26 Academic All-Conference runners under his helm. He has been named CVAC/Conference Carolinas Women's Coach of the Year seven times and was named Men's Coach of the Year in '99, '03, '04.

"It is nice to be honored by those you respect and compete against, but this award really goes to those young women who ran so well today," McPhail said. "I am proud to reap some of their achievements, we have quite a partnership and this is rewarding."

With this accomplishment, McPhail is now one of eight coaches up for National Coach of the Year.