Feb. 27, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- For the 22nd time in his career, Ed Nuttycombe has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The Wisconsin head coach was selected for the award on Wednesday, as the conference handed out its year-end awards for the indoor season.
Nuttycombe claimed his 26th Big Ten title as Wisconsin's head coach over the weekend, as his Badgers won the conference crown at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The meet was the first Big Ten championship ever hosted at a neutral, non-university site.
The championship was the Badgers’ first indoor title since 2008 and their 13th under Nuttycombe's direction. He also has guided Wisconsin to 13 outdoor conference championships, with the most recent coming via last year’s dramatic win at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Madison.
Nuttycombe's coaching honor is his second in as many years. He earned the award for the 2012 outdoor season, as well.
He also has been named regional coach of the year 10 times by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and was the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year in 2007, when he guided UW to the NCAA indoor title.
Also announced Wednesday, junior Danny Block was chosen as UW’s honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Block won the Big Ten shot put title with a personal-best throw of 63 feet, 7 3/4 inches to claim his second conference crown in as Big Ten many meets.