Badger Sports Roundup, May 19

Nuttycombe coach of the year; Zacher second-team all-region

Nuttycombe nets conference honors

Wisconsin men's track coach Ed Nuttycombe was named the Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year after leading the Badgers to a conference title last weekend and their first Triple Crown (champions in indoor and outdoor track and cross-country) since the 2000-01 season. The outdoor coach of the year award is Nuttycombe's seventh accolade in that category. He also won the indoor coach of the year award earlier this season.

Nuttycombe has a storied career at Wisconsin—in his 21 seasons at the helm, the Badgers have captured 17 Big Ten championships in indoor and outdoor track. He has earned the Big Ten Coach of the Year awards 12 times and been named the U.S. Track Coaches Association regional coach of the year five times. He has coached 118 Big Ten champions, 113 track All-Americans, six national champions and two Olympians.

Zacher named to second-team all-region squad

Junior shortstop Kris Zacher made the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-Mideast Region second-team roster. With the accolade, Zacher is eligible to earn All-American honors.

In her junior campaign, Zacher set single-season UW records with 63 hits and 91 total bases and tied a school record with three triples. She had a team-high batting average of .350, which was the fourth-highest average in UW history. She also led her team with 13 stolen bases, 35 runs scored and a .506 slugging percentage, and was second on the team with 31 runs batted in. In the field, she had 153 assists, second only to freshman third baseman Athena Vasquez, who had a school-record 185.

Zacher was named Big Ten Player of the Week April 12 and the team's co-Most Valuable Player May 7.

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