The Vilonia Board of Education acknowledged the accomplishments of a district employee during a recent meeting.
Coach Michael Stout was recognized by the group for being named as Arkansas’ U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Boys High School Track & Field Coach of the Year.
According to the USTFCCCA website, one boys coach and one girls coach from each state and Washington D.C. are selected by a “committee of experts” from across the U.S.
The committee looks at team performances throughout the outdoor track and field season, taking into consideration team score, placement at state championships, margins of victory, how they performed against rankings, individual championships and how they presented themselves against past years including possible consecutive titles, achieving records and more.
Stout has been coaching for 25 years, moving to Vilonia in 2006-2007 and taking on head coach in 2009.
“In only 16 seasons as a head track coach at Clarendon, Stamps/Lafayette County, and Vilonia, Coach Stout has led his teams to [eight] outdoor track state championships, [four] runner-up finishes and [one] Indoor State Championship,” Superintendent David Stephens said.
The four seasons without a first- or second-place finish, the team finished third – years 2005 and 2010 in Vilonia – or fourth – 2017 in Vilonia – and either third or fourth – 2006.
Stephens said based on these statistics:
• 50% of the time, Coach Stout’s teams win a state championship.
• 75% of the time, Coach Stout’s teams are first or second at the state level.
• 88% of the time, Coach Stout’s teams finish in the top 3 at the state level.
• 100% of the time, Coach Stout’s teams finish in the top four at the state level.
“We’re very proud of Coach Stout and his work with the boys’[s] track team,” the superintendent told the Log Cabin Democrat.
Other awards and recognitions Stout has received:
• USTFCCA State Coach of the Year 2018 at Vilonia.
• AHSCA Track Coach of the Year 2014, 2018 and 2019 at Vilonia.
• NFHS Southwest Coach of the Year 2018 at Vilonia.
• NFHS State Track Coach of the Year 2014, 2018 and 2019 at Vilonia.
• 5A State Boys Track Championship 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019 at Vilonia.
• 5A State Boys Indoor Championship 2019 at Vilonia.
• 5A State Boys Track Runner-up 2011, 2015 and 2016 at Vilonia.
• 2A State Boys Track Championship 2001 at Clarendon; 2003 and 2004 at Stamps/Lafayette County.
• 2A State Boys Track Runners-up 2002 at Stamps.
• 13-time conference track coach of the year.
• 13-time conference track championships.
• Senate Citation 2016 for Vilonia – was interim coach and made playoffs.
• Vilonia Chamber of Commerce School Employee of the Year in 2016.
Each of the state winners selected will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.