March 19, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia track and field assistant coach Petros Kyprianou has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year following the NCAA Indoor Championships over the weekend, according to a USTFCCCA announcement.
Kyprianou, a Cyprus native, guided his jumpers and multi-event athletes to a pair of NCAA individual championships and two more top-five finishes at Nationals to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a tie for third. His crew scored 28.5 of Georgia’s 40.5 points at the meet.
Kyprianou also worked with junior Quintunya Chapman as she made the transition from sprints to multis and the Hinesville, Ga., native ended up scoring the fifth-most points (4,107) in school history to take 12th at NCAAs.
“It is a great honor to accept this award from the USTFCCCA,” said Kyprianou, who joined the Bulldog coaching staff in 2009. “I'm very proud of our team’s finish at the NCAA Championships and particularly the ladies in my group. This honor is more valuable to me because it is linked with Kendell’s national award. A long training process and an extraordinary amount of hard work on my athletes’ part has allowed me to earn an award like this. I'm thankful to my family and the great University of Georgia for all the support! Go Dawgs!”
"Petros was very deserving of this award because he had the great fortune of coaching a nice group of athletes who listened well and performed even better,” Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton said. “For the sake of the program, it's my desire that all of our athletes and coaches continue to this success in the years to come."
The national championships from Kyprianou’s group came from two freshmen. Kendell Williams, who was named the USTFCCCA National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year earlier in the day, set school, facility, collegiate and World Junior records after scoring 4,635 points in the pentathlon. The Marietta, Ga., native also set an NCAA Championships meet record and matched the collegiate pentathlon high jump record after soaring over the high jump bar at 6 feet, 2 inches.
"When teams do well collectively, it's because of superb individual efforts by coaches and athletes,” Norton said. “A lot of preparation and support goes before these kind of achievements materialize. Kendell's performance was great and was the result of a lot of factors including talent, teammate support and coaching guidance. As good as she has been in the last two months, none of it has been surprising. She is just getting started with the record performances.”
Redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou, who also hails from Cyprus, responded to her Southeastern Conference title in the high jump by winning Georgia’s first NCAA crown in the event since 2007. Kallenou, who tied the school record (6-2.75) at SECs, cleared all four of her heights on her first attempt and won with a mark of 6-1.50.
Kyprianou also had another duo score points at the NCAA Championships. Senior Lucie Ondraschkova posted a personal-best score of 4,268 (third on Georgia’s all-time list) to take fourth in the pentathlon for the second consecutive year. Junior Morgann Leleux, who has already finished second at two NCAA meets, tied for fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 14-3.25.
Georgia starts its outdoor season by splitting squads this weekend. One group will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the John Mitchell Alabama Relays and a crew of throwers will cross the country for the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.