Quantcast

PSU's Jewett Earns MIAA, National Honors - KOAM TV 7

PSU's Jewett Earns MIAA, National Honors

Updated:

Pittsburg State track & field/cross country head coach Russ Jewett added more honors to his already-decorated career on Wednesday.

Jewett was named both the MIAA men's and women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. It's the 40th and 41st time he has earned conference coach of the year between cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.

On top of the MIAA honors, Jewett was also named the NCAA Division II Men's National Indoor Coach of the Year.

Jewett led the Pitt State men to their first ever DII national championship last weekend. That national championship comes after leading both the PSU men's and women's teams to MIAA titles just two weeks earlier.

Assistant coach Kyle Rutledge also earned national honors as the Division II assistant coach of the year. Rutledge was a big part of the men's indoor national title, with his athletes accounting for 21 of the team's 49 total points at the national meet.

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

NEW ORLEANS — Pittsburg State University head track & field coach Russ Jewett was named the NCAA Division II Men's National Indoor Coach of the Year Wednesday (Mar. 14), while assistant coach Kyle Rutledge received D2 Men's National Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.

Jewett had as good a weekend as any NCAA Division II coach has ever had, winning the NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship on his home turf. In his 30th year directing the Pitt State men, Jewett led the Gorillas to their first indoor national title with 49 points after claiming the 2018 MIAA Indoor Championship at the Robert W. Plaster Center two weeks prior. The Gorillas edged two-time defending national champion Tiffin University by one point, 49 to 48.

Jewett's program posted one national champion and seven conference champions in addition to hitting 20 NCAA Division II Provisional Marks and two NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying Marks on the season. Of the nine men he coached that qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, six of them were ranked in the top-five of their respective events on the Descending Order List.

This marks Jewett's second NCAA Division II Indoor Coach of the Year Award, although it is his first Men's Coach of the Year honor after winning the women's award in 1995. He also was voted the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year after leading the Gorillas to the school's first track & field national championship that year.

Rutledge played a major role in Pitt State's run towards a national title this season. In his sixth year coaching the high jump, pole vault and heptathlon, his athletes accounted for 21 of the team's 49 points at the national meet. At the MIAA Championships, his athletes notched a total of 51.5 points, helping the Gorillas bring home the title. During the regular season, his athletes posted four top-10 NCAA Division II Descending Order List marks in their respective events.

Rutledge becomes the first Pitt State coach to be named NCAA Division II Indoor Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in program history.  Assistant coach Brian Mantooth was named NCAA Division II Outdoor Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Owner of Building Destroyed By Fire in Pittsburg is Charged With Arson

    Owner of Building Destroyed By Fire in Pittsburg is Charged With Arson

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:39 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:39:40 GMT

    The Crawford County Attorney filed charges today (April 18) in a Pittsburg arson case. 64-year-old Grant K. Dahmer is charged with arson. The Fire Chief says he is the owner of the building that he allegedly set fire to. April 12th, 2018: The Pittsburg Police Department says they have arrested one person in connection to the fire at 111 E 10th Street. Fire crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. The unoccupied commercial building was extensively damag...

    More >>

    The Crawford County Attorney filed charges today (April 18) in a Pittsburg arson case. 64-year-old Grant K. Dahmer is charged with arson. The Fire Chief says he is the owner of the building that he allegedly set fire to. April 12th, 2018: The Pittsburg Police Department says they have arrested one person in connection to the fire at 111 E 10th Street. Fire crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. The unoccupied commercial building was extensively damag...

    More >>
  • Joplin City Council Member Explains Decision to Not Resign After Felony

    Joplin City Council Member Explains Decision to Not Resign After Felony

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:46:01 GMT

    Joplin's city attorney says the City does not do background checks on City Council candidates.

    More >>

    Joplin's city attorney says the City does not do background checks on City Council candidates.

    More >>
  • Carthage School Adds Second Recess with Positive Results

    Carthage School Adds Second Recess with Positive Results

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:37 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:37:48 GMT

    School is all about learning and teachers are tasked with getting students of all ages prepared for state tests.  Time is often tight but despite that Columbian elementary in Carthage is giving kids a second recess every day. 

    More >>

    School is all about learning and teachers are tasked with getting students of all ages prepared for state tests.  Time is often tight but despite that Columbian elementary in Carthage is giving kids a second recess every day. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.