MHS track and field coach named High School Coach of the Year
By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Apr. 12, 2012
Coach Thayer Redman, who led the Manchester boys’ track and field team last year to its first state title since 1944, has been selected as a Doc McInerney High School Coach of the Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance. Redman will be honored at the 71st annual Gold Key Dinner on April 29 at 4 p.m., at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Redman has been involved with the Manchester High School boys’ track and field program for 17 years. He has been the head coach since 2000. He said one of the highlights of his career was when he led the Indians to their first state championship last year. It was the first time the Manchester High School Indians had been to the championships since World War II.
It was a close victory. The MHS boys' team won in 2011 by one point, 75-74, beating Danbury’s high school team and claiming the Class LL title. The competition went right down to the last event, a 4 x 4, 400-meter relay.
Redman has coached many high school athletes in his career and has seen star first-year track athletes shine successfully. "Redman’s Manchester teams are no strangers to success. Under his guidance, the Indians have finished runner-up in Class LL three times. They’ve also won 10 Central Connecticut Conference championships and have had 10 undefeated regular seasons,” according to a CT Sports Writers' Alliance press release.
Redman was also named Coach of the Year in 2007 by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. As Connecticut's candidate and one of eight finalists for the National High School Coach of the Year award in boys' track and field for 2011, he advanced to become the New England region’s candidate.
The Alliance press release listed some of Redman's background. An accomplished decathlete and football player when he attended high school at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, Redman later played both sports at the University of Maine. He transferred to Arizona State University in hopes of competing on the track team as a walk on, but broke his neck in a diving accident. While that ended his track career as an athlete, his love of the sport inspired him to coach others, the press release said.
Redman is well liked by his players and he has a winning attitude. On his team, everybody gets a chance to play. “Everybody makes the team. There are no cuts. In fact, we will pick up more athletes when softball and baseball ends,” said Redman.
Tickets to the 2012 Gold Key Dinner can be purchased by contacting either CSWA President George Albano of The (Norwalk) Hour at Truckin114@AOL.com, or Vice President and Dinner Chairman Bob Ehalt of The New Haven Register at Ehalt.Bob@sbcglobal.net. Tickets can also be obtained by mailing a check to Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance, P.O. Box 70, Unionville, CT 06085.