For the seventh time in his career, Wisconsin men's track and field coach Ed Nuttycombe has been named the Big Ten Outdoor Coach of the Year. The honors came after Wisconsin dominated in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, winning with a meet-record 174 points.
This is Nuttycombe's 15th honor overall and the sixth time that he has swept the Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. He was named Big Ten Indoor Coach of the Year after Wisconsin won the Big Ten Indoor Championships in March.
Junior Nathan Brown and junior Linsey Blaisdell were named Wisconsin's Big Ten Sportsmanship honorees for the men's and women's track teams. At the end of the school year, the conference will award Big Ten Sportsmanship awards to one male and one female student-athlete from each school.
Swimming adds one more
Michael Desautels, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team, beginning with the 2005-06 season. Desautels was an All-American in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles in 2003-04 and he placed second at the Michigan State Division 2 Championships in both events in 2005. His best times are 20.94 seconds in the 50 free and 45.90 in the 100 free.
"Michael is the final member of a really important recruiting class for us," Wisconsin head coach Eric Hansen said. "With such a large number of recruits on the men's side, we can fill a lot of gaps from the swimmers we lost to graduation."