Auburn Assistant Head Coach Henry Rolle Named 2008 Coach Of The Year
Jan. 7, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn assistant head track and field coach Henry Rolle has been honored by his native country of The Bahamas as the 2008 Coach of the Year by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations.
Rolle coached three Olympic medalists at the 2008 Beijing Games, including former Tiger All-American Leevan Sands, who was also recognized by the BAAA as the Senior Male Athlete of the Year after earning a bronze medal in the triple jump at the Olympics.
Rolle also coached Kerron Stewart, who took home a pair of medals in Beijing, earning a silver medal in the women's 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 meter. Marc Burns also collected a medal under Rolle's guidance, winning a silver medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay.
The Olympic achievements came just two months after Rolle coached two Tigers to All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Amelia Anderson was fifth in the 400m hurdles while Danielle Gilchrist placed sixth in the same event.
The BAAA also recognized former Tiger Shamar Sands as a finalist for the Senior Male Athlete of the Year award, and current Auburn freshman Nivea Smith as a finalist for the Junior Female Athlete of the Year award. Sands set a new Bahamian record in the 110-meter hurdles and also competed in the Olympic Games, while Smith won her third straight CARIFTA title in the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 23.01 seconds.
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