U of L update: Mann retires, Cards win titles

The University of Louisville has plenty going on these days with sports other than basketball, football or baseball. Here's a notebook from Cardinal Authority, catching you up on a few items that are out there in Cardinal athletics.


Ron Mann, the University of Louisville head coach for cross country and track and field, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Mann, who has been at U of L for nine years and a head coach for 33 years overall, said the retirement will come at the end of the season.

"After 33 years of collegiate coaching, its time for me to spend more time with family and more time in the social activities with my wife, Charlene, and kids," Mann said in a press release. "Our goal is to have our primary home in Louisville and spend time training marathon runners.

"I am extremely grateful to the University, to athletic director Tom Jurich, who I had the pleasure of working with on two different occasions, and my wonderful coaching staff and student-athletes."

With Mann leading the way, the U of L programs won eight Big East team titles, over 90 individual conference champions and he was Coach of the Year six times.

Associate head coach Dale Cowper has been elevated to the head coaching duties for cross country and track and field to replace Mann.

"I look forward to watching Dale to continue to build upon this program that has already achieved so much success and am excited for what's to come."


U of L freshman golfer Robin Sciot-Siegrist was one of 10 individuals selected to the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Regional to be played May 16-18 at the Ohio State University Golf club in Columbus, Ohio.

The native of Rueil-Malmaison, France, tied for seventh at the recent Big East Conference Championship and was a three-time conference Player of the Week. He finished with eight top 10 finishes this season.

Sciot-Siegrist led U of L with a 72.8 stroke average and had six rounds in the 60s this season for the Cardinals.

Each NCAA Regional has 13 teams and 10 individuals competing for the low five teams and low individual, who will then advance to the NCAA Championships. The NCAAs will be held May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club in Atlanta.


The U of L track and field team claimed four individual titles last weekend at the Big East Outdoor Championships in Piscataway, N.J.

Amashi Kendall won the only women's title by claiming the discus crown. Kendall won her second Big East outdoor title with a toss of 50.65 meters.

The Cardinals also claimed three men's titles.

Sam Bombaugh captured the hammer throw with a throw of 61.73 meters and became just the second athlete in program history to win at least three conference throwing titles in one year. He won a pair of indoor titles.

Mattias Wolter won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 8:51.46 and beat his closest competition by nearly seven seconds. It was his first career Big East title.

Brad Vivace registered a career-best 17.53 meters on his final shot put throw to win the shot put title at the event.

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