2021 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region: Osanitsch gets 20th award
Shippensburg University’s Dave Osanitsch has been named the 2021 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Men’s Coach of the Year and the 2021 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Coach of the Year. Voting is conducted by the region’s head coaches.
In his 16th year at Shippensburg, Osanitsch guided the men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship titles. SU has won 13 of the 15 contested PSAC men’s outdoor championships during his tenure; including 12-in-a-row, and 10 of the 15 contested PSAC women’s outdoor championships.
Osanitsch has now won 20 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year awards. The 2021 honors mark his fourth USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Coach of the Year honor. He received the same awards in 2019, 2015 and 2006. It is his fifth USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Coach of the Year honor. He won identical awards in 2017, 2015, 2011 and 2010.
On the men’s side, Osanitsch directed the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region per the USTFCCCA rankings. The Raiders won the 2021 PSAC Championships in wire-to-wire fashion with 273 points. They scored in 20-of-21 events and finished just five points shy of the PSAC Championships scoring record. SU won nine events and had multiple place-winners in 14 events.
Shippensburg’s scoring breakdown remarkably balanced and equally impressive:
- 77 points from the seven events of sprints/hurdles/relays,
- 75 points from the four throwing events,
- 63 points from the five mid-distance/distance events, and
- 58 points from the five events of jumps/multis.
SU had the top-ranked regional performances in five events (800, 4×1 relay, 4×4 relay, discus, hammer); with the 4×100-meter relay earning qualification for the NCAA Division II National Championships after setting a PSAC Championships meet record and school record (40.56 seconds).
On the women’s side, Osanitsch directed the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region per the USTFCCCA rankings. The Raiders won the 2021 PSAC Championships with 131 points, scoring in 17-of-21 events to post a 37.5-point victory over the region’s previously-ranked top team, Slippery Rock. SU won four events and had multiple place-winners in seven events.
Shippensburg’s scoring was a balanced approach that featured double-digit points in eight different events. Of the 23 Raider place-winners (individual or relay), only six of those women had ever scored at a PSAC Outdoor Championship prior to this season.
The Raiders also had the top-ranked regional performances in four events: the 200, 400, 4×4 relay and the long jump; and had 19 individual performances ranked among the Top 10 in the region.