Reif named CAA coach of the year

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University women's track and field head coach Dena Reif has been named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, in voting by the league's head coaches.

Reif led the Rams to a second-place finish at the 2005 CAA Championship, VCU's highest-ever finish. The Rams earned individual event titles in the high jump, triple jump, long jump, 100-meter hurdles, 200 meters and 400 meters. Senior Cheri Manning (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) won the 200m and 400m and was named Most Outstanding Performer. VCU accrued 163 points, topping its previous best by 42 points.

VCU had five student-athletes advance to the NCAA Regionals.

"Tom Black, my assistant coach, deserves this more than me," Reif said. "He assisted in many events and did a very good job this season. This award is as much his as mine. It should be Staff of the Year instead of Coach of the Year."

This is the first Coach of the Year award for Reif, who just completed her third season as head coach at VCU.