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Seattle U's Bonvicini Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year
Courtesy: Seattle U
Seattle U women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini is one of 30 finalists for Naismith Awards Women’s College Coach of the Year. The list of 30 will be narrowed down to the top four finalists on March 20, with the winner named on April 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. 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.

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 U
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 
Basketball-W
WAC
Overall
Bakersfield
0-0
0-0
Chicago State
0-0
0-0
Grand Canyon
0-0
0-0
Missouri-Kansas City
0-0
0-0
New Mexico State
0-0
0-0
Seattle U
0-0
0-0
Texas-Pan American
0-0
0-0
Utah Valley
0-0
0-0
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CSU Bakersfield -
Chicago State -
Grand Canyon -
UMKC -
New Mexico State -
Seattle U -
UTPA -
Utah Valley -