NCCU’S Lawson named USA men’s head coach at Under-23 Championships

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 30, 2010

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University head track and field coach Michael Lawson has been selected head coach for the USA Track and Field (USATF) men’s team during the 2010 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Championships in Miramar, Fla. from July 9-11.

Entering his 21st season as head coach at NCCU, Lawson obtained his appointment as the men’s head coach through peer nominations, considering years of track and field integrity and knowledge, prior international experience and the number of student-athletes that have been successful as All-Americans and professional runners.

“When I received the e-mail indicating I was the head coach for the men’s team, I was surprised and honored,” said Lawson. “I am looking forward to introducing these athletes to international competition.”

Lawson in no stranger to the USATF NACAC competition. In 2008, Lawson was selected as the assistant sprint coach for the men’s and women’s teams when the event was held in Mexico.

“The USATF NACAC competition is a key program for future USA Olympians,” said Lawson.

The three-day competition will feature athletes from 32 nations, including from Anguila, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States.

During the three days of competition, Lawson will be coaching premiere athletes to earn medals in the seven sprints and distance events, three hurdle events, four jumping events and four throwing events.

“This is going to be a challenge, and I am looking forward,” said Lawson.

“My goals for this competition are simple, improve my coaching, be a good supporter to the athletes, win medals and represent myself and NCCU with pride.”

Lawson’s NCCU student-athletes have garnered 65 NCAA All-America citations, including 10 NCAA individual national championships. His relay squads have earned NCAA All-America honors 24 times, including a national title in 2002.

NOTE: For more information about the 2010 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Track & Field Championships, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/ 2010/NACACU23TFChampionships/.