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Track is a fascinating sport that teaches participants the key elements necessary to overcome adversity. The Greeks knew this and founded the Olympic movement around Track and Field.
Track is an uncomplicated sport that requires a strong mental toughness. It is uncomplicated because track athletes don’t need to learn complicated plays, study films to determine team tendencies, or change offensive and defensive techniques every week to exploit the weakness of the competitor. A Track participants goal is to convert innate talents, strong discipline, and hard work into maximum performance.
Track Is Mentally tough because it forces the participants to confront personal character flaws, demons, personal weaknesses, and insecurities. Jesse Owens Says about mental toughness "The Battles That Count Aren't the Ones For Gold Medals. The Struggles Within Yourself - The Invisible, Inevitable Battles Inside All Of Us - That's Where It Is At." Patti Sue Plumer agrees saying “ Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
The quote "Sports do not build character- It reveals it" defines track and field participants. Track competition is the only college sport that athletes reveal their character to the fans as the event unfolds. The fans are able to witness the athletes inner struggle as he or she push their bodies to the limits.
Beverly Kearney 1993- 2013 A New Door Opens.
Topping the Charts in 1993
From 1993- 2013 Coach Kearney
Coach Kearney's first year staff included Greg Sholars, Michelle Freeman (volunteer coach), Michelle Williams (student Asst.), Cynthea Rhodes, LaGwyn Durden (athletic trainer),and Ilrey Oliver (academics). It was the first all black staff ever at UT. No one thought about the possibility of failure. Everyone focused on being the best team at Texas with the highest Grade Point Average and graduation rate. The staff was driven to help each and every athlete become the best in track and in life after graduation. The staff and Coach Kearney believed that what really mattered was not failing the team and/or each other. Her staffs was determined to build a successful winning tradition and add to the legacy of the women's track program at the University of Texas.
Coach Kearney teams were peppered with amazing athletes who went on to achieve great individual feats that eventually led to the Longhorns toppling the LSU track dynasty. It was more about team points than about individual accolades. Coach Kearney's track teams won 6 national championships because Greatness is created when like minds come together with with a common cause.
- 6 NCAA National Champions Indoor Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2006, and Outdoor Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2005.
- 14 top three finishes
- 3 times outdoor Coach of the year.
- 2 times Indoor Coach of the Year
- 15 times conference Coach of the Year.
- 2012 "Employee of the Year" award by the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities
- 2012 honored by the United States Sports Academy with a 2012 Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually by the Academy to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.
- 2012 Pioneer award- Kearney is recognized as the first African-American coach, female or male, to win a Division I Track and Field National Title. She has achieved the feat six times as head coach at Texas and seven times overall in her coaching career.
- Coach Kearney was featured on CNN Headline News series honoring "Breakthrough Women" series.
- 2009 she was named the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) Female Coach of the Year, and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named the Division I Women's Indoor Coach of the Year accolade in her honor.
- 2007 inducted into the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Beverly was Seriously injured in a Car accident that required years of rehab.
In an article on Texassports.com Sheretta Jones (click on "insight" and then"W. track" for more on Sheretta) discuss's Coach Beverly Kearney's rehab from a car accident .
The article states
"being under Coach Kearney's tutelage has been another plus for Jones. Sheretta has watched Kearney diligently work her way back to independence after Kearney was involved in a December tragic car accident during Jones' freshman year. That crash took the lives of two of the five passengers in the car, and Kearney faced months and years of rehabilitation from a spinal injury and paralysis.
For Jones, Kearney has become one of her largest sources of motivation.
"Coach Kearney is inspiration. She was one of the main reasons I came to Texas, because I enjoyed her coaching style and I liked the program she had developed here at UT," Jones remarked.
"Since her accident, we've all been behind her in her recovery, but for her to be as emotionally and physically stable as she is, coming back after what she's been through, it just makes us want to aspire to different, or higher, heights. When someone has gone through something like that, you can't complain about what you're going through because someone else is feeling worse than you are, every day."
1993- Coach Beverly Kearney Pending
Beverly says she experienced tremendous successes and challenges throughout her tenure but nothing can ever match the pure joy of coaching in our first seasons. The young ladies who were at Texas when she first arrived helped to set the frame work for teams that would follow.
Telisa Young and Eileen Vanisi who walked into the Indoor National Champion In 1993 with shades (sunglasses) on were determined to keep Texas in the top 10 even though they were the only two finalist, and they did by both winning national titles. At both the indoor and outdoor SWC Championships the Longhorns rolled up in two vans while other teams had buses but the young lady longhorns on that team were determined not to break the conference winning streak in spite of their small numbers and they did by winning both the indoor and outdoor conference championships our first year.
1994 Coach Beverly Kearney pending
During Coaches second year her staff was instrumental in re-building the Texas Brand to the standards established by the legendary Coach Terry Crawford. Without Michelle Freeman and LaGwyn Johnson-Durden setting the ground work we would never have set track records and won 4 National championships in the late 90's. No one succeeds alone and had it not been for each and every staff member and athlete and their contributions we would have never been able to elevate Texas back to the top both on the podiums on the field of play and in the classrooms.
Merlene Frazer Is Recognized As A National Champion In The 200 M- 1994 And 1995- And The 4 X 400 In 1995. All American 10 Times. , . (Looking For A Better Picture)
Telissa Young Is A National Champion In The Triple Jump In 1993 And 1994, And She Is A 4 Time All American.
1995 Coach Beverly Kearney
TOPPING THE CHARTS 1995
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Toya Brown Is A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 400 Relay In 1995 Thru 1998. She Is A 14 Time All American.
Zenita Davis Is A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 400 Relay. She Is A 5 Time All American.
Donna Howard Is A National Champion As A Member Of 4 X 400 Relay In 1995 Thru 1997.
1996 Coach Beverly Kearney
1997 Coach Beverly Kearney
Dana Riley is recognized as National champion as part of the 4 x 400 relay and 800 M. run, and she is a 5 time All American.
1998 Coach Beverly Kearney- National Champion Indoor And Outdoor
Texas beats UCLA in the 4 x 400 in the final event of the meet to win the National Championship. Angel Patterson, Toya Brown, Aminah Haddad and Suziann Reid won this event in 3:28.65. It was only the second time in Longhorn history that the track team won both the indoor and outdoors national championships.
Kim McGruder, Nanceen Perry, Angie Vaughn and LaKeisha Backus won the 4 x 100 relay.
Erin Aldrich won the high jump title with a 6'4" jump.
Angie Vaughn is the National Champion in the 55 hurdles, 110 hurdles, and a member of the 4 x 100. She is a 7 time All American and she is a member of the HOH.
Lakeisha Backus is National Champion in the 200 M, 4 x 400 relay in 1998 and the 4 x 400 relay in 1999. She is also
1999 Coach Beverly Kearney - National Champions Indoor And Outdoor
Aminah Haddad Is Recognized As A National Champion As Part Of The 4 X 400 In 1998 And 1999 And She Has Been Recognized As An All American 4 Times.
Kim McGruer Is Recognized As A National Champion As Part Of The 4 X 100 In 1998 And 1999, And She Is A 5 Time All American.
Lakeesha White Is Recognized As A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 100 In 1999 And She Is A 3 Time All American.
In 1996,1998,And 1999 Suziann Is National Champion In The 400. In 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 She Is A Member Of The National Champion 4 X 400
In 1998 And 1999 Suziann Reid Is Named The Honda-Broderick Award Winner As The National Track And Field Athlete Of The Year And Indoor Athlete Of The Year By The USTCA (Now USTFCCCA),
Suziann Is A 17 Time All American and a HOH inductee.
2000 Coach Beverly Kearney
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Tanya Jarrett Is Recognized As National Champion Of The 4 X 400 Relay In 1999 And 2000.
Nakiya Johnson Is Recognized As National Champion Of The 4 X 400 Relay In 2000,And She Is Recognized 2 Times As An All American.
Angel Patterson Is Recognized As National Champion Of The 4 X 400 Relay In 1998-2000, And She Is A 11 Time All American.
2001 Coach Beverly Kearney
2002 Coach Beverly Kearney
2003-Coach Beverly Kearney
Sanya Richards-Ross Was Named NCAA Outdoor Female Athlete Of The Year.
Keasha Downer Is Recognized As National Champion As Part Of The 4 X 400. She Is Recognized 5 Times As An All American.
Raasin McIntosh Is Recognized As A National Champion As Part Of The 4 X 400 In 2003 And 2004.
2004 Coach Beverly Kearney
Alyssa Aikman Is A National Champion As Part Of 4 X 400 And Is Recognized 6 Times As An All American.
Nichole Denby Is National Champion In The 110 Hurdles. She Is Recognized 6 Times As An All American.
2005- Coach Beverly Kearney National Champions Outdoor
Jerrika Chapple Is A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 400 And 4 X 100, And She Is A 5 Time All American.
Sheretta Jones Is Recognized As A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 400 Relay In 2004 And 2005, She Is A 3 Time All American And Is The Teams Co-Academic MVP.
Melanie Walker Is A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 400 In 2005 And The 4 X 100 In 2005 And 2006 And She Is A 7 Time All American. She Is A ???? Inductee In To The HOH
LaTasha Kerris Is Recognized As National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 400 Relay In 2005 And The 4 X 100 In 2005 And 2006. (no picture)
2006 Coach Beverly Kearney Indoor National Champion
Alex Anderson Is A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 100 Relay And She Is A 20 Time All American.
Jasmine Lee Is A National Champion As A Member Of The 4 X 100, And She Is A 3 Time All American.
Tameka Kincy is team academic MVP
2007 Coach Beverly Kearney pending
2008 Coach Beverly Kearney pending
2009 Coach Beverly Kearney pending
Destinee Hooker Is National Champion In The High Jump In 2006, And 2007, And She Is Recognized 6 Times As An All American.
Chantal Malone Is A National Champion As Part Of The 4 X 400 In 2009 And She Is A 6 Time All American.
Judy Mwosue Is A National Champion As Part Of The 4 X 400 In 2009 And She Is A 2 Time All American. (No Picture)
2010 Coach Beverly Kearney
TOPPING THE CHARTS 2010
2011 Coach Beverly Kearney- Runner Up To National Champions
Alex Anderson wins the indoor championship in the 60M.
2012 Coach Beverly Kearney pending
June 2013 To Present Coach Mario Sategna (Suh-TANE-Yuh)
2003-2013 Is The Associate Head Coach
As A UT Assistant, Sategna Is Instrumental In Helping Athletes Win 11 NCAA Titles. 21 Of The Athletes He Coaches Are Recognized As All Americians.
2014- Coach Sategna Runner-Up To National Champions
2015 - 4th At NCAA
Tonya Buford-Bailey is the co-interim Longhorn head coach who is recognized as the 2016 Nike Coach of the Year.
Buford coached 4 Longhorns that attending the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Three earned medals