March 31, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU's Papa earns 'Coach of Year' title; SRU freshman honored
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Slippery Rock University captured two major Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference awards for the 2013-14 indoor track and field season when John Papa, head coach, was named the women's Coach of the Year, and freshman pole vaulter Jordan Pacheco, an undeclared major from Rockaway, N.J., was name the men's Freshman of the Year.
The win was Papa's 19th career PSAC Coach of the Year honor and the third of his career for women's indoor track and field. He has previously been named the PSAC Coach of the Year in women's outdoor track and field nine times, women's cross country twice, men's outdoor track and field three times and once each in men's indoor track and field and men's cross country.
Papa, in his 27th year at the helm of the SRU program, led The Rock to the PSAC title on the women's side as The Rock snapped Shippensburg's run of four consecutive titles.
In addition to his 19 PSAC Coach of the Year honors, Papa has been honored with the Regional Coach of the Year honor 15 times in his career.
Pacheco was named Freshman of the Year after an impressive debut in the pole vault. He won the conference championship in the event and qualified to compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships with a clearance of 3.90 meters. At the national meet, he placed 10th and narrowly missed earning All-America honors in his first try.
Pacheco's efforts in the pole vault earned him All-Region honors from the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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