USC equestrian coach Boo Major has been named the SEC Coach of the Year, it was announced Friday. Major was voted Coach of the Year by her peers in the Southeastern Conference.
“This is a very humbling moment for me and I am honored to be named SEC Coach of the Year,” Major said. “While I am very proud to be this year’s winner, I owe all of our success first and foremost to our student-athletes who have committed themselves to excellence both in the classroom and in the competition arena.
“I also want to thank my assistant coaches Ruth Sorrel and Carol Gwin for their hard work, and to everybody in the athletics department for their help and support.”
Major, in her 16th season at South Carolina, led the Gamecocks to the inaugural SEC championship last month. The Gamecocks upset then-No. 2 Auburn, 10-8, to win the SEC title on March 30.
South Carolina advanced to the championship meet after knocking off then-No. 1 Georgia, 10-7, in the opening round March 29. It marked the first SEC championship win under athletics director Ray Tanner, the 11th SEC championship at South Carolina, and the seventh SEC championship by a women’s sport at South Carolina.
Major has led the Gamecocks to two NCEA National Championships (2005, 2007) and three straight NCEA Hunter Seat National Championships (2005-7). Before the SEC added an equestrian championship for the 2012-2013 season, Major guided Carolina to its first Southern Equestrian Championship in 2012.
The Gamecocks, ranked No. 1, travel to Waco, Texas, for the NCEA National Championships on Thursday through Saturday.
Scholar-Athlete, Equitation Over the Fences Rider, All-SEC: Kimberly McCormack;
Horsemanship Rider: Johnna Letchworth;
Equitation On The Flat Rider, All-SEC, All-Freshman: Samantha Smith;
Co-Freshman Horsemanship Rider, All-Freshman: Kelsey Urban;
All-SEC Team: Audrey Jewell (Reining); Amber Henter (Equitation Over Fences); Johnna Letchworth (Horsemanship); Katherine Schmidt (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat);
All-Freshman Team: Sarah Bouchard (Reining); Emily Reynolds (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat)