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The top four finalists will be named on Mar. 20, with the winner named on Apr. 9.
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Bonvicini One of 30 Finalists for Naismith Coach of the Year
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  03/04/2013
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

Name

School

Geno Auriemma

Connecticut

Kim Barnes Arico

Michigan

Bob Boldon

Youngstown State

Matt Bollant

Illinois

Brenda Frese

Maryland

Stephanie Gaitley

Fordham

Lindsay Gottlieb

California

Jim Jabir

Dayton

Muffet McGraw

Notre Dame

Kevin McGuff

Washington

Kim Mulkey

Baylor

Sue Semrau

Florida State

Dawn Staley

South Carolina

Jeff Walz

Louisville

Coquese Washington

Penn State

Courtney Banghart

Princeton

Tina Martin

Delaware

Holly Warlick

Tennessee

Gary Blair

Texas A&M

Joan Bonvicini

Seattle

Michelle Clark-Heard

Western Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell

Kentucky

Sylvia Hatchell

North Carolina

Tara VanDerveer

Stanford

Bill Fennelly

Iowa St

Kevin Borseth

Green Bay

Tricia Collup

Toledo

Andy Landers

Georgia

Cori Close

UCLA

Quentin Hillsman

Syracuse

 

 

 

 

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