Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State cross country program’s made it a clean sweep at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships last weekend and now both head coaches have continued that trend.
Men’s coach Bob Braman and women’s coach Karen Harvey were both named ACC Cross Country Coach of the Year Thursday, the league has announced. They were bestowed the ACC’s top coaching honor by their peers as all of the league’s coaches cast a vote in the annual ballot.
For Braman, Thursday’s announcement marks the second time in his illustrious career that he has been named ACC Coach of the Year. He last won the award during the 2003 cross country season.
"I'm flattered to receive this honor, especially in a cross country league as great as the ACC,” Braman said. “This honor is a reflection of the wonderful efforts of our young men."
As for Harvey, just like her team has dominated ACC competition the last several years so has their coach. Harvey’s honor marks the fourth consecutive season in which she has been named the league’s top women’s coach.
“I am very honored to receive this award,” Harvey said. “This is a coach’s award but it cannot be attained without the hard work of so many others around the program. I have been very blessed to be surrounded by so many great individuals. The hard work by everyone associated with cross country at FSU makes something like this happen and I thank them for that.”
Both Braman and Harvey find themselves in this position after guiding their respective squads to conference titles in Massachusetts last weekend.
The men’s team placed five runners in the top 15 and out-distanced second-place NC State by 38 points for the championship. For their efforts, the men are currently ranked sixth nationally in the USTFCCA poll, which is the highest in program history.
Harvey’s women’s team dominated the field in their event and claimed the fourth-straight ACC crown. The Seminoles totaled 52 points and out-distanced runner-up Virginia by 23 points due to the fact that all five Florida State runners placed in the top 20, including senior Pasca Cheruiyot, who finished second in the individual competition.
The women’s team is the nation’s No. 2-ranked squad in the USTFCCA poll.
Next up for both teams is a trip to Regionals in Birmingham, Ala. on Nov. 13.