March 11, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - Scott Irving, the associate head coach of the Air Force track and field team and overseer of the squad's throwing program, was awarded a Career Achievement honor by the Sportswomen of Colorado during its annual banquet on Sunday, March 10.
In his 15th season at the Academy, Irving has developed the Air Force women's throwing team into one of the top programs in the conference and the nation ... at both the NCAA and USATF level.
Under Irving's guidance, program records have been rewritten countless times in every throwing event. His athletes have continued to increase point production at the Mountain West Championships, accounting for over two-thirds of the program's all-conference selections. In addition, the throwers have scored over half of the women's team points at the conference meet every year since 2003.
"This is a tremendous honor," Irving said, as he was presented his award at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver by Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. "But, it's not just for me ... it's for the athletes."
A two-time USTFCCCA Division I Mountain Region Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year, Irving has coached 12 of the 14 Mountain West champions and all seven of the All-America honorees for the women's program.
He guided Dana Pounds to back-to-back NCAA championships in the javelin, as well as three All-America honors, three MW titles, the 2007 USATF national title and a runner-up finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. He also coached Sara Neubauer to the USATF Junior National title in the shot put as a freshman, conference titles in the indoor shot put, weight throw, outdoor shot put and discus throw as a senior and three All-America selections over her final two seasons.
Other Irving-coached MW champions include Ana-Maria Oretega (2001 pole vault), Dominique Boivin (2003 discus), Olivia Korte (2007 discus), Katie Weber (2010 javelin) and Paige Blackburn (2012 javelin).
Each year, the Sportswomen of Colorado organization honors the state's top athletes, coaches and mentors, which were chosen by a selection panel of Colorado media from nominations submitted by the public. In addition to recognizing Colorado's top female athletes of all ages from a variety of sports and the recipients of several specialty awards, the SWC selects one athlete as the Sportswomen of the Year.