PORTLAND, Ore. – Alaska Anchorage head cross country coach Michael Friess was named the co-Great Northwest Coach of the Month following a top-four finish for his men’s team at the NCAA Div. II Championships in November.
Friess, who completed his 23rd season at the helm, led the Seawolves to a sweep of the conference titles in October, before UAA finished runner-up at the NCAA Div. II West Region championships. Two weeks later, he guided UAA’s men to a third-place finish – the best ever finish by a GNAC men’s team – in the national meet at Joplin, Mo., as Micah Chelimo won the individual title in a time of 28:56.6.
Combined with the women’s sixth place finish at the NCAAs, the Seawolves registered four All-America honors including a runner-up performance by Susan Tanui in the women’s race.
Friess shares the monthly honor with Simon Fraser’s Alan Koch, who led the Clan men’s soccer team to the NCAA Div. II national semifinals in SFU’s first season of playoff eligibility.