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John Gondak Wins Big Ten Track And Field Men’s Outdoor Coach Of The Year

The Big Ten honored Penn State track and field’s John Gondak Tuesday with the conference’s Coach of the Year award for the men’s outdoor season. Malik Moffett also earned honors for his performance at the Big Ten Championships where he won titles in the long jump and the 200 meters.

In just his third year as the head coach, Gondak led the Nittany Lions to their first-ever Big Ten title over the weekend at the outdoor championships held in Happy Valley. He also coached the women to a third place finish after finishing 10th in 2016.

This is the second time in 2017 that Gondak earned Coach of the Year honors. After leading Penn State women’s track and field to a Big Ten indoor title, the conference gave him the women’s award for the indoor season.

As coach of both the men’s and women’s track and field teams, as well as the cross country teams, Gondak has earned numerous honors through the years — including Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year in 2015 with Penn State for women’s cross country and men’s indoor track and field.

Senior transfer Moffett won Men’s Field Athlete of the Big Ten Championships. He posted a pair of school all-time bests in the long jump and 200 meters, and earned points in the 100 meters to help Penn State to its first conference title.

Gondak and Moffett will lead Penn State into the NCAA first round — held in Lexington, KY from May 25-27.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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