"I'm truly honored by this award because it is voted on by your peers," Spry says. "It makes you feel good when you get an award from those who are doing the same thing as you on a day-to-day basis.
"I'm very excited about it, but this goes to the whole coaching staff," he adds. "It's a staff award more than anything. This award should bring pride to Auburn and everyone associated with our program."
Spry, who has coached the Auburn men's and women's team for the past nine seasons, has six top five national finishes as an AU coach. He says next season's men's team should be ready to make a run at the national title, too.
Spry notes the 2005-2006 women's team was a special group. "The team really worked well together and was just a pleasure to coach," he says. "They came to workouts every day ready to work and to get better. I am thrilled for them that they were able to win the championship. It is well deserved."
Seven members of the championship team won All-American honors and Markita James was the champion in the 400-meter hurdles and Jovanee Jarrett won the long jump.
The Tigers set seven school records during the season. Kerron Stewart broke records in the 100 meters (11.03) and the 200 (22.65). Angela Homan set new marks in the 5,000 (16:11.02) and 10,000 (33:25.40). James set a new school record in the 400 hurdles (54.47) and joined with Stewart, Josanne Lucas and Tamara Thomas to break the mark in the 4x400 relay (3:27.93). Ronda Gullatte set a new hammer throw record (195-4).