SRU Good News for April 1, 2009
Papa earns Coach of the Year track honors
John Papa, Slippery Rock University head track and field coach, has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Papa received the recognition after guiding The Rock women to its third consecutive PSAC Championship and sending three individual athletes to compete in the National Championships. Under his tutelage, The Rock women broke all three indoor relay school records at the PSAC Championships and set a total of eight school records throughout the 2008-09 season.
"I accept the honor on behalf of the students, coaches and the University," Papa said. "It means we're doing good things here at Slippery Rock University. It's a reflection of our student athletes. They are great competitors and hard-working students."
The 2008-09 PSAC award is the second "Coach of the Year" honor bestowed upon Papa this season. He was also honored with the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's NCAA Division II Atlantic Region's top coaching honor on the women's side. Papa has matched his number of PSAC coaching honors with 14 regional honors as well.
Papa, a 1979 SRU graduate, joined the University in 1985. He coaches women and men's cross-country, indoor and outdoor track.
"If you outwork your competition year in and year out, you're going to get your share of wins," Papa said. "We like to think we're the hardest-working program in the conference."
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