March 27, 2013
WACO, Texas -
Kim Mulkey, last year's winner, is one of eight finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.
The eight regional award winners are:
Region 1 - Muffet McGraw, University of Notre Dame
Region 2 - Brenda Frese, University of Maryland
Region 3 - Holly Warlick, University of Tennessee
Region 4 - Tricia Cullop, University of Toledo
Region 5 - Kim Mulkey, Baylor University
Region 6 - Coquese Washington, Penn State University
Region 7 - Beth Burns, San Diego State University
Region 8 - Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University
Mulkey has guided the top-ranked Lady Bears to a 34-1 record and a berth in the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the fifth straight season.
The 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year will be named during the third annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 8, in New Orleans. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.
"The WBCA and its members congratulate these eight coaches on being named finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year Award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Each coach was selected by their peers and is deserving of this honor."
"We would like to congratulate these coaches for being named finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year Award," said Senior Vice President of Russell Athletic, Gary Barfield. "Each of these coaches embodies the team concept we model our business after, and we are pleased to honor them for a fantastic season."
RUSSELL ATHLETIC and the WBCA present the national coach of the year award annually in each of the five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 31st year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented this honor to an NCAA Division I head coach.