Two members of Kansas State’s track and field coaching staff received recognition Friday.
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) awarded Cliff Rovelto, the director of the program, along with assistant coach Nathan Ott, regional awards.
Rovelto was named the Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year and Ott was named the Midwest Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Rovelto helped the K-State women to a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship last month in his 31st season with the program.
The Wildcats scored a program record 156.5 points at the Big 12 Championship.
After the Championship, Rovelto was selected as the Big 12 women’s outdoor Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. Friday marked the record-setting third time he’s won the USTFCCCA Midwest Region women’s coach of the year award.
Ott also played a significant role in the success of K-State’s program in 2019. He helped guide the Wildcats to 48 of the 156.5 points at the Championships, and coached two Big 12 Champions in Helene Ingvaldsen (hammer throw) and Taylor Latimer (shot put) in his first season with the Wildcats.
He helped guide multiple athletes to top-10 throws in school history, including Latimer (second in history of K-State women’s shot put with a 17.74m throw) and Ashley Petr (third in discus with a 56.32m throw).
Ott will coach K-State’s three women’s entries (Petr, Ingvaldsen and Latimer) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which begin Wednesday in Austin, Texas.
The Wildcats will send 15 individual representatives to the outdoor championships.