Greg Broton, John Leonard Win USTFCCCA NY Coach Of The Year

NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the state-by-state winners of its eighth annual High School Track & Field Coaches of the Year Presented by the United States Marine Corps on Wednesday.

One boys coach and one girls coach from 50 states - as well as the District of Columbia - were honored for their successes during the spring of 2022, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation (two coaches are honored, if they share coaching responsibilities).

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State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams' performances throughout the 2022 outdoor track & field season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams' performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).

Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing their achievements.

The winners from each state are in consideration for the association's National High School Track & Field Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced next month as the national winners.

Greg Broton - Cicero North Syracuse

The girls of CNS led a 1-2 finish at this years New York State Meet, with juniors Hannah Boyle going NY #3 All-Time, and Kate Putman right on her tail. Boyle went on to win the National Title in the Mile in another NY #3 All-Time performance. In addition, CNS had four total athletes at the NY State Meet, with Grace Murray taking 4th in the D1 400H final, and Lily Capria clearing 5-3 in the High Jump. 

Cicero-North Syracuse was also the highest rank team for the Indoor Season, based on MileSplit rankings.

John Leonard - LaSalle Institute

Leonard guided Gitch Hayes to three incredible finishes at the New York State Meet, which included wins in both the 800m and 1600m distance, with a third place finish in the 3200m. Also bringing a 4x400m relay and Shot Putter to the State Meet, LaSalle tied for the team title at the Outdoor State Meet with 26 points, against Shenendehowa, a school that has approximately 2000 more kids enrolled.