June 12, 2006
Pole Vault Coach Anthony Curran was named the 2006 West Region Women's Jumps Coach of the Year on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA after an impressive season in which his star pupil, Chelsea Johnson, won an indoor title and broke the collegiate record.
"I feel like this is a great award for me to receive this year, consideringg Chelsea's success and with Tracy O'Hara in the past," said Coach Curran. "I owe it partly to them for their excellence. This is the first award ever given to me by the NCAA and it feels awesome."
During the year, Curran coached Johnson to the NCAA indoor pole vault crown, as well as the Pac-10 and West Region titles. At Pac-10's Johnson reclaimed her collegiate record with a clearance of 15-1. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Johnson placed second overall, tallying her fourth All-American honor.
Aside from Johnson, Curran also had success with his other vaulters, coaching four women to West Regional qualifying marks - junior Jacqueline Nguyen (13-7.25), and sophomores Elizabeth Woepse (12-11.50), Ingrid Kantola (12-6) and Megan Jamerson (12-5.50).
Curran also had success with the men's team, coaching junior Mike Landers to All-American honors with his third-place finish at Nationals. Landers cleared two lifetime-bests en route to his finish, and became just the sixth man in UCLA history to vault over 18-feet. Another Bruin vaulter, David Shortenhaus, also competed at Nationals after earning All-Region honors at the West Region meet.
"I am also just as proud as coaching Mike to third in the men's vault."
Coach Curran will head to Indianapolis, IN next week for the USATF Senior National Championships, where he will help Johnson vie for her first USATF national title.