Western Washington University's Pee Wee Halsell has been named 2015 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in an announcement made by the conference office on Friday, May 29.
Halsell directed the underdog Vikings to a 176-174 upset victory over Alaska Anchorage at the GNAC Championships. WWU placed 23rd at the NCAA Division II National Championships with three All-America performances.
The GNAC men’s outdoor honor was the fourth straight and a GNAC-record sixth overall (2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) for Halsell, who has won 11 GNAC track & field Coach of the Year awards overall. He also has four in men’s indoor (2005, 2006, 2013 and 2014) and one in women’s outdoor (2009).
Halsell has now completed 28 years at WWU as head coach for men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country.
During that time Halsell has received 32 Coach of the Year honors. Included in that total are 24 league awards, 15 from the GNAC.
The 57-year-old Halsell has mentored 117 All-Americans and nine national champions.
In all, Halsell has coached 36 years, being an assistant at Wayland Baptist for eight seasons prior to coming to WWU. He is a 1981 graduate of Wayland Baptist.