Middlebury College assistant track & field coach Nicole Wilkerson has been named the New England Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). With the award, Wilkerson picks up her fourth regional assistant coach of the year accolade.
She was honored with the same award by the organization in 2011 and 2012, as well as being selected the 2012 men's regional top assistant. She has coached four of the top-20 milers in Division III this year and another top-20 performer at 5,000 meters. Wilkerson also coached the Middlebury distance medley relay to the No. 6 spot on the descending order list with the second-fastest unconverted time of the season.
Wilkerson, who is the Panther head cross country coach, took over the reins of the program in 2011 after working as an assistant coach with the program for the previous nine seasons. She has been responsible for creating several workout programs for both teams and has coached more than 30 All-Americans.
In her first season as head coach, Wilkerson was named both the men's and women's New England Region Coach of the Year. In 2012, she led the men's squad to its first NCAA Regional Championship, earning an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. For her efforts, she was named the Men's Regional Coach of the Year. The following season, the men's team earned its top finish in school history, placing seventh overall.
Wilkerson has been an active member of the College community, serving on several committees, while helping to develop the recently established LEAP (Low Energy Athlete Prevention) program.
Prior to her arrival at Middlebury, Wilkerson was an assistant coach at Texas A&M for three years. While at Texas A&M, she obtained her master's degree in Sports Management, and lectured on health and kinesiology.
Wilkerson was an All-American track athlete at Rice University '93 and a four-year member of the cross country and track teams. After her collegiate career, she was a U.S. Track & Field National Qualifier in the 10,000 meters in 1995. The following year, Wilkerson was a U.S. Olympic trials qualifier in the same event.