Minnesota head women’s track & field and cross country coach Gary Wilson was presented with the Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award at U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's annual convention in Orlando, FL last month.
The USTFCCCA’s Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the Association and to the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field.
As an advocate of the track & field and cross country community, Wilson served as an officer for the Women’s Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association – a predecessor to the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Executive Committee – for six years, including as president from 1993 to 1995. In that capacity he spearheaded the movement to expand the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. He has also served on the USTFCCCA Board of Directors.
Wilson will retire in the summer of 2013 following 28 years of coaching the Golden Gophers, and 45 years of coaching overall. He has served as a track & field assistant coach specializing in distance running for the Gophers during the past eight seasons. He is a member of the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame and the USA Track and Field Minnesota Hall of Fame.
2008 – John Copeland, Rhode Island
2008 – Bill Thornton, St. Olaf College (retired)
2009 – Doug Watts, Edinboro University
2010 – Jim Sackett, Cal Poly Pomona
2011 – Dave Harris, Emporia State