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Quarles Named USTFCCCA Region Assistant Coach of the Year
March 5, 2018


2018 USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- University of South Carolina assistant head coach Delethea Quarles was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, the organization announced Monday.

Quarles, who is in charge of Carolina’s jumpers and multi athletes, guided four of her female student-athletes to NCAA Indoor Championships berths. Hanifah Abdulqadir (triple jump), Jordan Fields (high jump), Lissa Labiche (high jump) and Rougui Sow (long jump) will each represent the Gamecocks in College Station, Texas March 9-10.

"This is long overdue. This award hasn't existed for very long, but in my opinion Coach Dee has been a coach of the year for 20 years,” South Carolina head coach Curtis Frye said. “Coach Dee has already left an incredible legacy on this sport, having coached at the Olympics and the World Championships. She's so versatile, and she’s coached so many record-holders and NCAA champions in the heptathlon and the jumping events. She's a hall-of-famer at her alma mater, Liberty. She could have won this award many times before, but there are a lot of great teams and great coaches in our region. She's a mentor to so many young coaches in our business, and so many coaches around the business are excited to see Coach Dee get her due. I'm so happy she's finally being recognized by her peers; it says a tremendous amount about how well-respected she is in our profession."

Though her award is for women’s track & field, Quarles has also worked wonders with the Carolina men’s squad this season. Under her tutelage, Tye Williams set a new school record in the indoor high jump this season, while Yann Randrianasolo won the long jump silver medal at the SEC Championships and has also punched a ticket to nationals.

UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS

Quarles and the Gamecocks will compete March 9-10 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. In addition to the five jumps qualifiers, Carolina will send 200m sprinter Ncincilili Titi and SEC shot put champion Josh Awotunde to the national meet.


 

 

 

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