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Track Coach and Track Athlete Receive Top Honors

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Contact: Tammy Barney
(504) 286-5343

SUNO Track Coach and Track Athlete Receive Top Honors

New Orleans, LA – May 24, 2017 – Yhann Plummer, head track coach at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), and Jahnoy Thompson, a member of the SUNO Track Team, received top honors this week from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

In his 11th year as head coach, Plummer was named 2017 Coach of the Year in the South Region. He helped the Track Team place third at the Gulf Coast Championships, posting 18 event champions.

Thompson was named 2017 Athlete of the Year for the South Region. A sophomore from Manchester, Jamaica, Thompson is ranked third nationally at 400 meters (46.97) and fourth nationally at 200 meters (20.94). He won conference titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters, and anchored the winning 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams.

Award winners were determined by a vote of the USTFCCCA member coaches. Coach Plummer and Thompson will join other honorees at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships set this weekend, May 25-27, in Gulf Shores, AL.

About Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as an SREB Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Master’s College and University I, and as a SACSCOC Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the master’s degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs. For information, please visit the University’s Web site at

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