Missouri State Track and Field's Boyce Earns Tenth Coach of the Year Honor
Feb. 28, 2012
ST. LOUIS -
The Missouri State director of track and field and cross country Ron Boyce has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year the league announced Tuesday (Feb. 28) evening. This is the tenth time Boyce has earned the distinction for the Bears, having been named indoor coach of the year six times, outdoor three times and cross country once.
Boyce earned the status of coach of the year after producing the Bears' ninth MVC track and field title since taking the helm in 1997. Boyce, with the help of Bears' field group coach Brent Hobbs and distance coach Alick Musukuma, produced eight all-MVC performers in nine different events in the 2012 State Farm MVC Championships.
Under the direction of Boyce, the MSU track and field program now owns 462 all-conference medals, with 306 of those medals coming from sprint, hurdle, and relay athletes. Boyce has coached 145 individual and relay champions in the Valley. His sprint and hurdle athletes have dominated the conference racking up 105 gold medals, 62 silver medals and 44 bronze medals. Boyce has coached eight athletes earning the distinction of Valley's most outstanding athlete. During the 2002-2003 seasons, Boyce's program captured the Valley's Triple Crown, showing a balanced effort by winning the cross country, indoor and outdoor championships in the same year.
Before Boyce's arrival at MSU, only three track and field athletes qualified for the NCAA Division I meet. Since his arrival, the Bears have had 45 NCAA Division I regional qualifiers and 38 national qualifiers. He was named NCAA Division I District Coach of the Year in 2003 and Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999, and 2003. MSU has earned 23 all-American honors under Boyce's lead and he has coached seven Olympic athletes. Three of those seven Olympic athletes were from MSU, including Michelle Baptiste in 1996, Verneta Lesforis in 2000 and Jamial Rolle from the Bears' former men's track team. Numerous other former MSU athletes have competed internationally, such as Casey Owens and Tracy Partain, who competed for Team USA in 2005 and 2006 respectively. His athletes have also gone on to set every sprint and jump record in St. Lucia.
A native of Barbados, Boyce graduated from Murray State University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Before joining the Missouri State staff, Boyce held assistant coaching positions at both Murray State and Tennessee State, coaching four NCAA All-Americans and two 1992 Olympians as a men's track assistant at Murray State from 1989 to 1991. Boyce helped the Racers to indoor and outdoor Ohio Valley Conference titles in 1990 and 1991. Boyce and his wife, Edith, have one daughter, Nakita, who played softball at Mississippi State University.