Following a record-breaking 2017, Georgia track and field head coach Petros Kyprianou has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women’s Head Coach of the Year, according to an announcement on Wednesday.
Named the 2014 and 2015 USTFCCCA National Indoor Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Kyprianou also earned six regional honors as an assistant coach, bridging his career at Boise State from 2005-08. Kyprianou is the first women’s head coach who did not win the team national championship to garner this honor since 2001 (Kansas State’s Cliff Rovelto).
Kyprianou, who recently completed his second year as the Bulldogs’ head coach and his ninth year with the program, led the Georgia women to a school record second-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with the most points in school history at the meet (62.2). This marked the team’s fourth straight top-five national outdoor finish and second consecutive finish in the top three. UGA left Eugene, Ore., with a school-record four national champions and two runner-up finishes.
Nine Georgia women accounted for 10 meet entries spread across six field events. The Lady Bulldogs recorded the most points in meet history in field events only, surpassing the 59 that Arizona State scored in 2008. Georgia also swept the high, long and triple jumps for the first time in history. Seven of the nine qualified Lady Bulldogs scored, including junior Keturah Orji winning the triple jump for the third time in a row and taking second in the long jump with a personal-best effort of 22 feet, ¼ inches.
Kyprianou joined Orji and his senior decathlete Devon Williams with USTFCCCA South Region honors following the NCAA East Prelims. After the Southeastern Conference Championships, Orji and true freshman Beatrice Llano, who was also an NCAA scorer in the hammer throw, were awarded end of the year conference awards from the women’s team.
The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth at the SEC Championships after tallying 77 points. Ten of Kyprianou’s training crew scored at the meet and the Georgia women finished with three individual champions, including Orji in the triple jump and junior Tatiana Gusin in the high jump.