(Mustang, Oklahoma – January 6, 2020) – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Mustang High School coach Mike McGarry the Oklahoma winner of its seventh annual High School Cross Country Coaches of the Year Presented by the United States Marine Corps on Friday.
One boys coach and one girls coach from 34 states were honored for their successes during the Fall of 2020 by a committee of experts from around the nation. “Mr. McGarry is not only an outstanding coach, but teacher and mentor for our students,” MHS Principal Dr. Kathy Knowles said. Mustang Public Schools’ Athletic Director Robert Foreman echoed that sentiment, “We are very proud of Mike and the accomplishments of the team as a whole.”
State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2020 cross country season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).
Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements. The winners from each state are in consideration for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced later this month as the national winners.
QUICK LINKS: Boys Coaches of the Year | Girls Coaches of the Year
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The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,500 certified and support employees. As one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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