KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Head coach and Director of Cross Country/Distance Sean Carlson
announced the men’s and women’s cross country schedule for the 2023 campaign on Monday.
The calendar features four races during the regular season, beginning at home with the Tennessee
Cross Country Invitational on Friday, September 1. The home meet will run at the Cherokee
Farm Cross Country Course.
On September 15, the Vols and Lady Vols will run in the Gamecock Challenge. The race will
serve as a course preview with South Carolina slated to host the SEC Championships on Saturday,
Between those two races, Tennessee will split the squads with part of the team traveling to
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Crimson Classic on October 13, while another group heads to
Charlottesville, Virginia, for Pre-Nationals on October 14.
After SECs, UT will have select runners compete in the Hokie Open on November 3 in Blacksburg,
The NCAA South Regional Championships are scheduled for Nov. 10 in Gainesville, Florida,
with the NCAA National Championships coming the following weekend in Charlottesville on
Jacobs Tabbed USTFCCCA National Scholar Athlete of the Year
NEW ORLEANS — Tennessee was well represented in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross
Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday release of academic awards, headlined
by graduate student Dylan Jacobs being recognized as the 2023 Men’s Indoor National Scholar
Track Athlete of the Year.
Both UT men’s and women’s squads also received All-Academic Team recognition, while a
program record 22 Vols and Lady Vols received All-Academic Athlete honors for their efforts
on the track and in the classroom.
Jacobs is the first Vol to ever secure National Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors from the
USTFCCCA. The Orland Park, Illinois, native joined Sean Carlson’s distance roster last fall
and capped his collegiate career breaking four school records, establishing a pair of top-5 times
in collegiate history, winning three SEC titles and claiming Tennessee’s first indoor 5k national
title in 2023. His marks of 7:36.89 and 13:11.01 in the indoor 3k and 5k established SEC records
and rank No. 2 and 3 all-time, respectively.
The distance standout earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in Business Analytics
and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Management and Human Resources.
Jacobs recently announced his decision to turn pro and signed with On Running, and he will
continue to train in Knoxville under Carlson’s guidance.
For All-Academic Team honors, the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes on the institution’s
NCAA Squad List for indoor and outdoor track & field must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0
scale. The Lady Vols achieved a 3.44 team GPA, while the Vols posted a mark of 3.26, the
highest men’s team GPA in recorded history.
Tennessee’s record 22 All-Academic Athletes each maintained at least a cumulative GPA of
3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Athletic award criteria for the indoor season included ranking top 96 nationally
in any championship individual event or in the top 48 in any championship relay
event, while the outdoor athletic requirement was to rank top 48 on the NCAA East Region
Andrews Named Finalist for Jan Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award
Tennessee men’s golf assistant coach Bo Andrews has been named a finalist for the 2023 Jan
Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award presented by TaylorMade, the Golf Coaches
Association of America announced Thursday.
The award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that
has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
Andrews is one of five finalists for the award.
“Bo has been an invaluable asset since his arrival on Rocky Top,” head men’s golf coach
Brennan Webb said. “His passion for coaching and connecting with our players, coupled with
his relentless energy in recruiting have made a huge difference for our program.”
“With him being named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award it’s obvious that his impact has
been noticed by his peers as well.”
In his fifth season as assistant coach in 2022-23, Andrews helped guide the Vols to a program-
record-tying three team titles, and six top-two team finishes–which stood as the second-
most in a single season in program history.
During the 2022-23 season, Tennessee boasted a program-best 281.45 scoring average that
included 27 team rounds of par or better.
Additionally, Andrews helped oversee UT posting its best score in SEC Championship history—
a 14-under 826—to claim a first-place finish in stroke play and advance to the match play
Individually, Caleb Surratt became fifth Vol in history and first since 2005 to win the individual
SEC Championship after firing a 14-under 196. The true freshman’s performance was the
second-best 54-hole score and the lowest ever by any freshman in SEC Championship history.
Andrews also played a part in two Tennessee golfers earning postseason honors—Surratt was
named SEC Freshman of the Year and first-team All-SEC, while redshirt junior Bryce Lewis
was a second-team All-SEC selection. On top of their conference honors, the duo gained
PING All-Region honors from the GCAA.
Along with his SEC and All-Region honors, Surratt was named PING First Team All-America
selection—making him the first Vol in history to secure First Team honors.