Coach Marcus Whitehead and his assistants were elected the SCAC Women's Track & Field Staff of the Year. Love was tabbed as the SCAC Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while Coleman was chosen as the conference Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Year. Voting was conducted among SCAC track & field coaches.
The 2017 kudos marked the fourth time the Tigers coaches have been awarded outright, or shared in Women's Coach of the Year accolades. Joining Coach Whitehead for the conference accolade were Assistant Coaches Emily Daum, Thomas Dimitri, Lauren Loeffler, Joe Meno, and Todd Wildman. The fifth-year head coach and his assistant coaches were previously named the 2013 Co-Staff of the Year, and the Staff of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Trinity's mentors were also selected as the Men's Staff of the Year from 2013-2016.
The Tiger women won their third straight SCAC Track & Field Championship in the meet hosted last April on the Trinity campus. Trinity scored 234 points, outdistancing Texas Lutheran University by 49 points. The Tigers squad won nine individual championships and posted 25 All-SCAC performances.
Coleman won the SCAC women's triple jump with a conference-record mark of 11.66 meters. The first-year student-athlete went on to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships where she turned in a seventh-place performance in her signature event. With a school-record mark of 11.98 meters, Coleman became Trinity's first women's track & field student-athlete to garner All-America accolades as a first-year competitor.
Love captured the SCAC men's discus throw for the second time in three seasons. The Tiger junior qualified for the second consecutive year for the NCAA Championships and finished in 11th place. Additionally, Love was voted the 2017 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Coach Whitehead and his staff amassed impressive numbers of student-athletes who competed in the NCAA Championships and received postseason awards. Six Tiger men and women represented Trinity in the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and two competed at the Indoor Championships. Twelve Trinity track & field competitors were named to the USTFCCCA All-South/Southeast Region Team, including Love and Coleman.