CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati women’s track and field head coach Susan Seaton was named Coach of the Year the Department of Athletics announced Monday.
The 2012-13 season, which marked Seaton’s ninth year at UC, was highlighted by Mackenzie Fields winning both the BIG EAST indoor and outdoor pole vault titles, and Emelie Larsson capturing the BIG EAST javelin title. Fields was named Second Team All-American for indoor track and field, while both she and Larsson picked up All-BIG EAST honors for the outdoor season.
A coach with a team-oriented and family-focused philosophy, Seaton continues to coach student-athletes that rewrite the UC record books. This year alone, seven women competed in the NCAA East Preliminary meet and four women attended the U.S. Junior Outdoor Championships.
Fields and Larsson not only ended the year as conference champions, they also set school records in their respective events. Fields also holds the Gettler Stadium record for the outdoor pole vault. She also was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American Second Team and recently received the Helen Norman Smith Award. Both Fields and Larsson were honored at the Ohio Statehouse, along with Josh Dangel and Terrence Somerville of men’s track and field, and David Tepe of men’s golf, for winning BIG EAST titles this year.
The women’s squad finished sixth at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships and eighth at the Indoor Championships.
Seaton also coached freshman jumper Erica Hurd, who finished second in the high jump at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Championships and scarcely missed the qualifying mark (1.80 meters) to reach the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships.
A native of Saalfeld, Germany, Seaton earned her bachelor’s degree from the German College of Sports Science in 1991 and a master’s in exercise science from the University of Leipzig in 1994.