The honor is a first for five-time MAAC Coach of the Year Bob Hamer
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Rider Sports Information
03/15/2017

Fresh off the Broncs’ first-ever MAAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship, Head Coach Bob Hamer has been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year. The honor is the first of Hamer’s career after earning five MAAC Track & Field Coach of the Year honors. With five event champions and scorers in every event except the weight throw, Hamer’s crew delivered the league crown.

“It is always a special honor to be recognized by your peers in the coaching profession,” said Hamer. “The award is really not about me, it is about the work and commitment that the athletes put in each and every day to make this program special. Additionally, it is a credit to the great assistant coaches that we have here at Rider who lead, guide, coach, and mentor the athletes to achieve at the highest levels possible. It is a total team effort and this honor is reflective of that philosophy.”

On the second day of the MAAC Championships, the Rider men jumped from fourth to first place thanks to strong performances. Rider edged defending conference champion Monmouth on the men’s side by three points, 149-146. 

The Rider men had a major award winner for the first time since 2011. Junior Tyree Adams was named the Men’s Field Most Outstanding Performer. Adams won the long jump with a mark of 7.55M and he also finished fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. 

Hamer was also honored as the 2017 MAAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. It marked the second time during his tenure that he received the indoor distinction after being tabbed as the Men’s Coach of the Year back in 2010.