May 3, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2007 men’s and women’s outdoor track & field honors today, which are voted on by the conference’s head coaches, and Florida State walked away with two awards. Sprinter Walter Dix was named the ACC Most Valuable Track Performer and head coach Bob Braman won the ACC Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
Dix, a junior from Coral Springs, Fla., played an essential role in securing the Seminoles’ third consecutive outdoor ACC Championship. His winning time of 20.19 in the 200-meter finals, a mere one-hundredth off his personal best, moved him to the No. 1 spot in the nation and is currently the second fastest time in the world. Dix also ran the second leg of the national leading 4×100-meter relay at the ACC championships. The relay’s time of 38.78 set new records for the ACC and Florida State.
For the third year in a row, Braman was awarded with the ACC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year after leading the men to their third consecutive outdoor conference title. This season, the Seminoles out-scored runner-up Clemson by 47.5 points and grabbed five individual tiles and the 4×100-meter relay title.
“I am really pleased with these awards,” Braman said. “It’s really exciting for the entire coaching staff to again be recognized for the great job they are doing. When you are dealing with a sport that includes 21 events, it’s not just about one coach; it’s about the entire staff.
“I am ecstatic to have the coaching staff that we have here at Florida State. The men scored in 18 out of 21 events at the conference meet and that shows the talent of the coaches here and the balance that we have. We are all very honored to win the coach of the year award.”
The Florida State men are currently ranked No. 1 in both the Trackwire and United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association polls this week.