ATLANTA (March 12, 2013) -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on March 12 the six 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional Coaches of the Year, all of whom are finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year Award.
Included in the list is Our Lady of the Lake University Women's Head Basketball Coach Christopher Minner, who is serving his first year as head coach for the Saints. Minner joined the Saints' coaching staff as assistant coach in 2009, when the University began intercollegiate athletics in women's basketball. He remained in that position through the summer of 2012, when he was named interim head coach for the team. He finished the season guiding the team to its best record ever of 30-4 overall and 20-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Saints were co-champions of the conference's regular season and conference tournament runners-up. The team earned an automatic berth into the NAIA DI Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, where the Saints lost to Rogers State University 79-69 in the first round.
The nominees include:
• Region 1 - Shelley Jarrard, Westminster College
• Region 2 - George Wilson, College of the Ozarks
• Region 3 - Chris Minner, Our Lady of the Lake University
• Region 4 - Robyn Scherr-Wells, Roosevelt University
• Region 5 - Jeremy Lewis, Cumberland University
• Region 6 - Reed Sutton, Faulkner University
The 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NAIA 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 congratulates these coaches on being named finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year Award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Each of these coaches led their team to a distinguished season and were selected for this honor by their peers. On behalf of the WBCA and its members, I wish all five of these finalists the best of luck at the WBCA Award Show in New Orleans."
"We would like to congratulate these coaches for being named finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NAIA 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 29st year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented this honor to an NAIA head coach. For a list of past recipients, visit WBCA.org.
About RUSSELL ATHLETIC:
For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic, Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.
About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant