Bishop Kelly’s Jeff Carpenter was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s girls national high school track and field coach of the year Friday.
Carpenter led the Knights to a second straight team championship at the 4A state meet in May, scoring 164.5 points to win by 82 over runner-up Rigby. The BK boys also won the team title.
The Knights qualified athletes in every individual girls event and relay, scoring points in each one. BK won state championships in the discus, 100-meter hurdles, 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Both relays set state meet records.
Pete Boudreaux of Catholic High in Louisiana was chosen as the boys coach.
Winners are selected by a panel from the original pool of state-by-state winners.