Top Broncos Of The Year (Part Two)

Boise State won four WAC titles this past year and two other Bronco teams captured second. Obviously, the Broncos are blessed with incredible coaches. Inside, five nominees for Boise State Coach of the Year!

Mike Maynard--Men's and Women's Track

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingRecord setting performances and league championships have been part of head coach Mike Maynard's achievements during his tenure at Boise State. He has guided the Broncos to three consecutive Top 20 finishes at the NCAA National Track & Field Championships with two individual National Champions, two runners-up and a third-place finisher in that time. Boise State thoroughly dominated the WAC Indoor Championships, as Keron Francis was named Co-Outstanding Performer for the men, Eleni Kafourou was named the WAC Indoor Freshman of the Year for the women and Maynard was named the league's coach of the year for the men. Maynard was also named the West Region Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Then, the Broncos went into the WAC Outdoor Championships with the title expected to go down to the wire. Instead, Maynard's Broncos blitzed the competition once again, showing incredible talent and depth. Boise State scored 186 points to 127 for second-place Utah State. Junior Ty Axtman was voted the Outstanding Performer by the league coaches, Eleni Kafourou was named Women's Freshman of the Year and Maynard was honored as the WAC's Men's Coach of the Year.

Boise State ended the year with individuals ranked in the top five in four different events. Mattias Jons finished second in the nation for the second consecutive year in the hammer throw, while Keron Francis was third in the javelin. The Broncos finished 16th in the nation at the NCAA National Championships.

 

Greg Patton--Tennis

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPatton led the Broncos to the Western Athletic Conference title and second straight appearance in the NCAA National Tennis Tournament. The Broncos once again won their first game at the national tournament before losing to #6 Duke on their home courts by a score of 4 matches to 2. Patton's team finished the season ranked #27 in the country with a 21-7 record. Senior Thomas Schoeck won the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship award and the John Van Nostrand Memorial future professional award from the Mountain Region Tennis Association. Sophomore Luke Shields was named the Region's Player to Watch. Schoeck and Shields played in the National Tournament in doubles while Shields played in the National singles tournament. Patton was named WAC Coach of the Year, while Schoeck was named First Team All-WAC in singles as well as First Team All-WAC in doubles with partner Luke Shields. Luke and Clancy Shields were each also named to the All-WAC singles first team. Clancy Shields and partner Steve Robertson were named to the All-WAC first team in doubles competition.

Gordy Presnell--Women's Basketball--

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPresnell not only led Boise State to its first win in the WAC Women's Basketball Tournament but into the league semifinals before losing to New Mexico State 60-59. The Broncos shocked #3 seed Hawai'i 72-63 to reach the semifinal game. Boise State ended the season with a 15-15 record, its best season record in six years. Boise State finished 10-19 just one year earlier prior to Presnell coming to Boise State. Jessica Thompson was named to the league All-Freshman team.

Greg Randall--Wrestling

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingRandall guided his team to an 8-5 season record, a third place finish in the PAC-10 Wrestling Tournament and a #24 finish in the NCAA National Championships. One Bronco, Ben Cherrington, won the National Championship at 157 pounds, finishing with a perfect 20-0 season record. He was named the PAC-10 Wrestler of the Year while Boise State freshman Tyler Sherfey was honored as Newcomer of the Year. Scott Jorgensen joined Cherrington as PAC-10 champion while Sherfey finished second at 149 pounds. Casey Phelps and Andy Patrick both finished third in the PAC-10. Five Broncos were named to the PAC-10 All-Academic team.

Mark Tichenor--Women's Tennis

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTichenor's Broncos finished second to #20 Fresno State, losing in the WAC Tournament Final to end their season at 22-4. It was Boise State's first-ever appearance in the WAC Championship game. When Tichenor took over the Bronco program in 1999, Boise State had just finished seventh in the Big West Tournament. Tichenor was named the Women's Intercollegiate Central Region Coach of the Year.

 

Honorable Mention: Sam Sandmire (2nd place finish at WAC Championships, 6th at the NCAA West Regionals), Dan Hawkins (tied for the WAC Championship and finished the season with a 9-4 record). Next Week: The Top Bronco Team of the Year!


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