Ventura College head track and field and men's cross country coach Tony Veney has been recognized by USA Track & Field. The Pirate mentor was awarded the Fred Wilt Coach/Educator of the Year Award by USATF for 2017. This award recognizes a coach that has a distinguished record, which includes sustained, exceptional performance and is presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Fred Wilt was an outstanding distance runner for Indiana University. He turned his energies to track and field publishing "How They Train", a yearly periodical outlining the training strategies of some of the world's finest track and field athletes. He would also start "Track Technique" one of the finest teaching and technical journals in the world.
Tony Veney has distinguished himself having taught I, II, and Level III Coaches Education courses since 1996. He has been awarded the USATF "Master of Coaching" Certificate and has served on one Olympic Festival Staff, two Olympic Games staffs, two Pan American Games staffs, and served as the 2001 Goodwill Games Women's Head Coach. In addition, Coach Veney was a clinician for USATF Junior Elite Women's Sprint/Hurdle Development for over 15 years. Through his continued dedication to the sport of track and field, Coach Veney exemplifies passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.