May 21, 2012
First African-American female or male coach to ever win a Division I Track and Field National Title
Beverly Kearney's name is synonymous with collegiate track and field, having totaled seven NCAA Championships in her 26 years as a head coach, including six at the University of Texas (UT) since she took over the reins of the Longhorn program in 1993. At the 1992 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, while at Florida, Kearney became the first African-American female or male coach ever to capture a national track and field title.
During her head coaching career, her teams have captured 22 league titles (11 Big 12 Conference, eight Southwest Conference and three Southeastern Conference) and recorded an undefeated mark in four years of competition in the Southwest Conference (1993-1996).
In her Longhorn tenure, Kearney led UT to an unprecedented run of 14 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships (1994-2007) and seven top-three finishes overall. Her success at the NCAA Indoor National Championships is equally impressive as she has led the Longhorns to 16 consecutive top-11 finishes (1994-2009) and eight top-three finishes.
Individually, Kearney's athletes are among the most decorated in the nation. Since 1993, she has guided the Longhorns to a total of 48 individual national titles (32 individual, 16 relay), a total surpassed only by LSU since 1993. In her 19 seasons at Texas,67 Longhorns have earned All-America status to account for 330 all-America accolades.
On Dec. 17, 2007, Kearney received one of the highest honors of her career -- enshrinement into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame, which took place at the national convention in Phoenix, Ariz.
Kearney herself has been honored with five National Coach of the Year honors, nine District Coach of the Year accolades and 15 Conference Coach of the Year honors. And, this is just from her tenure at the University of Texas. In her 27 years overall as a head coach, Kearney has accumulated enough honors to last a lifetime: 39 Coach of the Year honors, 39 NCAA top-10 finishes, six NCAA Championship titles, 36 NCAA individual champions, 19 relay national titles, and 22 conference team championships.
In 1996, she reached another pinnacle of success, serving her first year as president of the Men's and Women's Track and Field Coaches' Association, making her the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post.