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Pee Wee Halsell named GNAC Men’s Coach of the Year

Pee Wee Halsell named GNAC Men’s Coach of the Year

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University’s Pee Wee Halsell has been named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in an announcement made Wednesday, May 29.

The Viking men dominated what was expected to be a tightly contested competition at the GNAC Championships, finishing with 183-1/2 points to 141 for runner-up Central Washington in the nine-team field. They had five event winners and 10 student-athletes were named GNAC academic all-stars.

The title was the second straight for WWU and its third in the last four years.

Halsell is completing his 26th year at WWU as head coach for men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country.

During that tenure he has received Coach of the Year honors 28 times. Included in that total are 21 league honors, 12 of them from the GNAC.

Earlier this year, Halsell was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men’s West Region and GNAC Indoor Track Coach of the Year.

The 54-year-old Halsell has mentored 119 All-Americans and eight national champions and won 18 league or district titles during his tenure at WWU.

In all, Halsell has coached 34 years, being an assistant at Wayland Baptist TX for eight seasons. He is a 1981 graduate of Wayland Baptist.

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