May 18, 2009
Louisville, Ky. - In four short years, Scott Byrd has built the Shorter College men's and women's track and field programs into national powers.
His hard work has paid incredible dividends and recently caught the eye of his conference colleagues.
The fourth-year coach has been named the 2009 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year for both men's and women's track and field as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
"Receiving this award is truly an honor," said Byrd. "This is a special award and with that being said, a lot of credit has to go to my assistants and all of the young men and women that we coach."
This is the first such award for Byrd, who recently guided Shorter College to a sweep of the Mid-South Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships.
The sweep marked the first time at Shorter since 1997 that both a men's and women's team from the same sport have captured a conference championship in the same year.
The men claimed the crown for the second straight season while the women earned their first-ever league title.
Byrd's charges won their respective championships by unprecedented margins, with the men outpointing second place Berea College by 126 points and the women running away with an astonishing 143.5-point victory over the University of the Cumberlands.
Byrd is quick to point out that the recent successes are a result of tremendous teamwork.
"So much has come together in such a short amount of time," Byrd said. "It could not have happened without all of the special people that are a part of our program.
"I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to coach at Shorter College."
Both the Hawks and Lady Hawks figure to be serious championship contenders when each squad travels to St. Louis later this week to compete in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships.
32 individuals - 20 men and 12 women - will represent Shorter College in St. Louis with competition beginning Thursday, May 21.