Seattle U's Bonvicini Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year
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. She boasts a 663-361 career record, coaching her 1000th career game earlier this season. In February 2007, she became only the 18th coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach the 600-win mark.
The complete list of finalists is below.
|Kim Barnes Arico||Michigan|
|Bob Boldon||Youngstown State|
|Muffet McGraw||Notre Dame|
|Sue Semrau||Florida State|
|Dawn Staley||South Carolina|
|Coquese Washington||Penn State|
|Gary Blair||Texas A&M|
|Joan Bonvicini||Seattle U|
|Michelle Clark-Heard||Western Kentucky|
|Sylvia Hatchell||North Carolina|
|Bill Fennelly||Iowa St.|
|Kevin Borseth||Green Bay|