Ed Nuttycombe

The 2014 Red Smith Award will be presented to the winningest coach in Big Ten history legendary Badger track & field and cross-country coach Ed Nuttycombe, according to banquet Chairman Paul McCann. The Red Smith Award is given annually to a person that has made significant contribution to sports in Wisconsin. The presentation will be made at the 49th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 21,2014, at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. In his 30 year career at the University of Wisconsin, Nuttycombe’s teams won 26 Big Ten cross country championships, 13 indoor championships and 13 outdoor championships for an impressive total of 52 titles! Nuttycombe’s crowning achievement came when Wisconsin became the first Big Ten school to win a national title by claiming the top spot at the 2007 NCAA lndoor Championships. His success has also earned him 34 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors and a national Coach of the Year award by the US Track & Field and Cross Gountry Coaches’ Association. Upon the announcement of Nuttycombe’s retirement in 2013, UW Director of Athletics, and 2006 Red Smith Award winner, Barry Alvarez said, “Ed’s career is unparalleled. The success is obvious when you look at the numbers, but the way he succeeded with integrity and touched so many people across his program and his sport is what speaks volumes about the job he did as a head coach.” Ed Nuttycombe is a legend among college coaches in his field, and the Red Smith Committee is proud to honor him with this award for his distinguished career advancing Wisconsin athletics.


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