ATLANTA (February 21, 2018) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club today released the names of the 10 coaches in the running for the 2018 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year honor. From this list, the Naismith Awards master voting academy will select the four finalists, to be announced on March 14. The 2018 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year will be announced on March 31.

Fans will be able to support their favorite coach by visiting between March 19-30 to cast their ballot. The fan vote accounts for five percent of the overall final vote.

“This has been a remarkable college basketball season thus far, and these 10 semifinalists have proven themselves worthy of being considered for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

“Werner is thrilled to be presenting the semifinalists for the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year,” said Chris Filardi, vice president of marketing at WernerCo. “These coaches set an incredible example both on and off the court.”

Karen AstonTexasBig 12
Geno AuriemmaUCONNAAC
Kelly GravesOregonPac-12
Muffet McGrawNotre DameACC
Kim MulkeyBaylorBig 12
Robin PingetonMissouriSEC
Vic SchaeferMississippi StateSEC
Joni TaylorGeorgiaSEC
Jeff WalzLouisvilleACC
Amy WilliamsNebraskaBig Ten

Celebrating 50 Years of the Citizen Naismith Trophy

Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, which have become the most prestigious national honors in all of college basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy recognizes the top Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Players of the Year. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coaches of the Year, Boys’ and Girls’ High School Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year, Basketball Officials and Outstanding Contributors to the game. Celebrating its 50th year by honoring past winners, the Citizen Naismith Trophy was first presented to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1969. Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy in 1983.


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