June 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -
Alabama sprint coach Matt Kane was named the South Region Assistant Coach of the Year the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week.
"Matt has done an outstanding job of helping turn this program around," UA head coach Dan Waters said. "He's worked hard in all areas, from coaching to recruiting, and has really taught his athletes what it takes to compete at the highest level. I think it's great when that kind of effort and ability is recognized."
In his second season at Alabama coaching sprints, Kane coached Diondre Batson to the Southeastern Conference title in the 100 meters as part of an undefeated season in the event in 2013. Batson has also qualified for the NCAA Finals at 200 meters.
Kane also guided Alabama's 4×100m relay team to a second place at the SEC championships and the top seed heading into this week's NCAA Finals. Under his tutelage, the Crimson Tide's 4×400 relay team also qualified for the NCAA Finals.
Batson and the rest of the Tide's contingent arrived in Eugene, Ore., site of this year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, on Monday and are set to begin competition on Wednesday at Hayward Field after Tuesday's practice day.