Rutgers men’s track and field’s associate head coach, Bob Farrell, was named the 2019 Mid Atlantic Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association last Friday. Farrell is in his seventh season with the program and coaches athletes competing in jumps, throws, and multiple events. This past spring, he oversaw two Big Ten medalists, 10 Big Ten podium finishers, and seven NCAA Regional qualifiers. This is the second time Farrell has earned this award, also winning it in 2015.
He’ll head to Austin, Texas this coming weekend for the Outdoor NCAA Championships, as three-time Big Ten champion and three-time All-American Chris Mirabelli will compete in the javelin for the last time in his collegiate career. Mirabelli will be joined by two other Rutgers athletes, sophomore Taj Burgess will run in the 400m and freshman Reanda Richards will run in the 400m hurdles.
In addition this past season, Farrell coached freshman A’nan Bridgett to a bronze medal at the Big Ten indoor championships in early 2019. He then went on to win a silver medal and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors at the outdoor championships last month in the long jump.
Along with Mirabelli and Bridgett, Farrell had five other athletes competed at the NCAA East Regional in late May, including John Mooers and Jason Campbell in the discus, Perry Christie in the high jump, Malachi Davis in the triple jump, and Greg Harnett in the javelin.
During Farrell’s seven years at Rutgers, student-athletes he has coached athletes that have earned 9 All-America honors, won 11 individual conference titles, broken 14 school records and secured 37 NCAA Regional qualifications. Additional Big Ten champions that Farrell has coached include Corey Crawford and Emeka Eze, both in the long jump. He is a Rutgers graduate and competed for the Scarlet Knights when they were in the Big East.
For a full preview for the three Rutgers track & field athletes competing this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week, click here.