Pepin Named Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year

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Nebraska track and field head coach Gary Pepin was named Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday after a vote by the league’s coaches.

It marks the 25th conference coach of the year honor for Pepin since 1997, when the Huskers started competing in the Big 12. Pepin led the Husker men to a dominating win at the Big Ten Indoor Championships over the weekend. The Huskers totaled 127 points, 41 more than the runner-up, to give Pepin his 70th overall conference team title and 30th indoors.

Coaching the jumps, Pepin helped guide James White and Landon Bartel to a one-two finish in the men’s high jump, as well as a runner-up and fourth-place finish in the men’s long jump for Caleb Cowling and Nikita Pankins. In total, the men’s jumpers combined for 42 of the Huskers’ 127 team points. The 127 points scored by the Husker men were the most at an indoor conference meet since 2007.

The honor marks Pepin’s first Big Ten men’s indoor award, as he won the women’s indoor coach of the year in 2012. He did win the men’s outdoor coach of the year award in 2013.

The Big Ten also announced its sportsmanship award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The Nebraska men’s honoree was Cody Rush and women’s honoree was Marusa Cernjul.

MEN

Track Athlete of the Year
DJ Zahn, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Year
Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin

Freshman of the Year
Zack Bazile, Ohio State

Track Athlete of the Championships
DJ Zahn, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Championships
Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin

Coach of the Year
Gary Pepin, Nebraska

WOMEN

Track Athlete of the Year
Leah O’Connor, Michigan State

Field Athlete of the Year
Kelsey Card, Wisconsin

Freshman of the Year
Symone Black, Purdue

Track Athlete of the Championships
Leah O’Connor, Michigan State

Field Athlete of the Championships
Kelsey Card, Wisconsin

Coach of the Year
Karen Dennis, Ohio State