Seattle University women’s basketball head coach Joan Bonvicini is one of thirty finalists for Naismith Awards Women’s College Coach of the Year. Other notable names to make the list include Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, Kentucky’s Matthew Mitchell, and Washington’s Kevin McGuff. The list of 30 will be narrowed down to the top four finalists on Mar. 20, with the winner named on Apr. 9.

Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, founder of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy is awarded annually to the women’s and men’s college basketball players of the year.

In 1987, the Naismith Women’s and Men’s College Coach of the Year Awards were originally given to the coaches of the women’s and men’s NCAA Division I tournament champions. In 1989, the determination of the award winner was changed to a voting process by Atlanta Tipoff Club’s board of selectors, including leading basketball journalists, coaches, and administrators from across the country.

Bonvicini is one of the most successful coaches in women’s collegiate basketball history, as she is currently 11th on the NCAA Division I all-time wins list for women’s college basketball. She boasts a 662-361 career coaching record, coaching her 1000th career game earlier this season vs. Washington on Nov. 14. In February 2007, she became only the 18th coach in NCAA DI women’s basketball history to reach the 600-win mark. She brings this same level of excellence in her fourth year at Seattle U, as the Redhawks have led the Western Athletic Conference for the majority of the conference season. On their Drive for the Championship, SU will compete for their first WAC Championship next week, with a chance at their first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Catch the Redhawks in their final regular season home game on Saturday, Mar. 9 at 4 p.m. as they host the Idaho Vandals. They will also honor this year’s seniors – Brenda Adhiambo, Maggie McCarthy, and Daidra Brown – in their final home game in Redhawk uniform.

Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Top 30



Geno Auriemma


Kim Barnes Arico


Bob Boldon

Youngstown State

Matt Bollant


Brenda Frese


Stephanie Gaitley


Lindsay Gottlieb


Jim Jabir


Muffet McGraw

Notre Dame

Kevin McGuff


Kim Mulkey


Sue Semrau

Florida State

Dawn Staley

South Carolina

Jeff Walz


Coquese Washington

Penn State

Courtney Banghart


Tina Martin


Holly Warlick


Gary Blair

Texas A&M

Joan Bonvicini


Michelle Clark-Heard

Western Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell


Sylvia Hatchell

North Carolina

Tara VanDerveer


Bill Fennelly

Iowa St

Kevin Borseth

Green Bay

Tricia Collup


Andy Landers


Cori Close


Quentin Hillsman






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