Feb. 10, 2004
UCLA's women's track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden on Friday (Feb. 13) will receive the U. S. Sports Academy's 2004 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award. Bolden will receive the award, the U. S. Sports Academy's highest annual women's coaching honor, from the organization's president, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, at a ceremony in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m.
Bolden, in her 11th year as head coach and 13th on the staff, has established the Bruins as one of the nation's elite indoor and outdoor collegiate women's track & field programs. At the national level, she led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships in 2001/2002 (the Bruins' first-ever women or men's indoor crowns) and a second-place indoor finish in 2002. At the NCAA Outdoor, UCLA has ten Top 10 finishes, including five second-place finishes (2002-01-99-98-95).
In the Pac-10 Conference, Bolden has directed the Bruins to nine league team titles in the last 10 years, including the last seven consecutive seasons.
In her 10 seasons as the Bruin head coach, UCLA has an unbeaten dual record of 69-0. In eight of those 10 seasons, UCLA has been named the nation's top dual meet team, including seven of the last eight seasons.
Recognized as one of the top female track & field coaches in the nation, Bolden has been named the U. S. Track Coaches Association West Region Women's Coach of the Year on eight occasions, including the last seven years in a row. In the Pac-10, she has been named the conference Women's T & F Coach of the Year on nine occasions, including the last seven consecutive years.
"I would like to thank Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich and the Board of Trustees of the U. S. Sports Academy for selecting me as the 2004 recipient of the C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award," said Bolden. "I humbly accept this award with great pride and gratitude. It is fulfilling to be recognized by such an award for my work as a coach and educator to the UCLA Women's Track & Field program. Thank you again for honoring me with this award."
Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, established in 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successful women's basketball coach at North Dakota State and Sarah Patterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.
The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10th season as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her 33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach in women's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men's basketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).
The U. S. Sports Academy presents awards each year, including its Awards of Sport program, to pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sport, in categories as diverse as the artist and the athlete in several different arenas of sport. The awards have expanded over the years to honor exemplary achievement in coaching, all-around athletic performance, courage, humanitarian activity, fitness and media, as well as the top professional athletes of the year.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is part of the U. S. Academy's Medallion Series, recognizing achievement in the various categories of sport, ranging from the sport artist to the disabled athlete, with many levels of recognition in between. Recipients are selected according t o the process outlined for each award. The final ballot is prepared by the Academy Club, the Cabinet and presented to the Board of Trustees for ratification.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, special mission graduate school of sport dedicated to serving this nation and the world through programs of instruction, research and service. The Academy has a rich history of addressing the need to provide quality, sport-specific programs. The Academy is located in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.