Track & Field Head Coach Tim Byrne Receives 2022 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association High School Track & Field State and National Coach of the Year
Press Release by USTFCCCA Communications
Congratulations to Track and Field Head Coach Tim Byrne for winning the 2022 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) High School Boys Track and Field National and State Coach of the Year presented by the United States Marine Corps. Tim is the first coach to receive the national honor in Delaware. He has received the state award two other times in 2019 and 2021.
State-by-state winners were selected by a committee of experts from around the nation based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2022 outdoor track & field season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.). The national winners were chosen from those selections.
He was the national winner because our team scored the most points in the history of our state and district championships. Salesianum rolled into the DIAA State Track & Field Championships following a commanding performance at the New Castle County Championships one week earlier. Byrne’s team won the county title with 198 points, 132 more than the runner-up. Salesianum captured eight event titles and had multiple scorers in nine events over the two-day meet. Then the juggernaut decimated the rest of Division I in the state capital of Dover. Salesianum amassed 170 points – 10 more than the previous DI high and narrowly missing the all-time state best of 177 points, set by DII champion A.I. du Pont in 2018. Salesianum School compiled five events titles and scored in 17 different events. Notable efforts were turned in by Salesianum’s 4×200 relay team, which set a meet record of 1:27.77, as well as Ryan Banko, who nearly toppled a 40-year-old DI record in the 3200 (Banko went 9:28.85, record is 9:28.5h).
Tim has been coaching at Salesianum since 2016, with head coaching duties starting in the winter of 2018. He is also the Head Freshman Football Coach and Educational Support teacher at Salesianum.