NASHVILLE --- HBCU Digest named Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice the 2016 HBCU Female Coach of the Year at a ceremony earlier this month at the University of the District of Columbia.
Cheeseborough-Guice, who leads the TSU men’s and women’s track and field programs, guided the women’s team to the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship. Following her team’s performance, she earned OVC Coach of the Year for the indoor season, marking the ninth time she has taken home OVC Coach of the Year honors in her career.
Cheeseborough-Guice coached a number of standout athletes during the season. Rising senior Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the triple jump. She earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America accolades for the triple jump during the indoor season and Honorable Mention All-America honors in the triple jump for the outdoor season. Recent graduate Clairwin Dameus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) secured USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors for the indoor long jump and pentathlon before taking home Honorable Mention recognition for the heptathlon for the outdoor season.
Winners of the various HBCU awards were selected by a panel of previous HBCU Award winners, presidents and chancellors, media members which cover HBCUs, alumni and students.
This year's finalists were selected from more than 600 submissions from colleges and individuals around the country, based upon media exposure and impact on institutional progress made during the 2015-16 academic year.