Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Sixth Annual Coaches Clinic
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 01, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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McKale Memorial Center

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006

9:30 a.m.


Registration Fees

Early Registration                      $35

Late Registration                       $45


Contact Information

Please contact the Arizona women’s basketball office

With questions or concerns

Phone: (520) 621-4014

Fax: (520) 621-0851



Included in registration

Lunch and refreshments


Clinic Notebook and Speaker Notes




           8:30 ?- 9:30 a.m.            Registration ?- McKale Center, Hillenbrand Auditorium

                                                Continental breakfast and WELCOME


         9:30 ?- 10:20 a.m.            Coach Cassandra Yancy, Head Coach

                                                Chandler-Gilbert Community College

                                                Topic:  Transition Offense


        10:30 - 11:20 a.m.            Coach Todd Holthaus, Assistant Coach

                                                The University of Arizona

                                                Topic:  Post Drills


       11:30 ?- 12:20 p.m.            Coach Kevin Kiernan, Head Coach

                                                Troy High School (CA)

                                                Topic:  Pressure Defense       


         12:20 ?- 1:20 p.m.            LUNCH ?- Jim Click Hall of Champions Mezzanine


           1:30 ?- 2:20 p.m.            Coach Joan Bonvicini, Head Coach

                                                The University of Arizona

                                                Topic:  Man to Man Offensive Sets and Practice Drills


           2:30 ?- 3:20 p.m.            Coach Steve Botkin, Head Coach

                                                Sahuaro High School (Tucson)

                                                Topic: Man to Man Defense


                      3:30 p.m.            Practice and Scrimmage ?- McKale Center




Joan Bonvicini

Head Coach, UA Women’s Basketball

The winningest coach in Arizona women’s basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the program from obscurity into the national limelight. In 15 seasons, she has guided the Wildcats to eight postseason appearances, including a WNIT Championship. In 2004, the Wildcats won the Pac-10 regular-season title for the first time ever.  Bonvicini has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-Americans, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 22 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 14 Academic All-Pac-10 selections.  Bonvicini has three times been a finalist for the Naismith and Associated Press College Coach of the Year Awards. She was named to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  She was also the 1998 WBCA Region 8 and Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Bonvicini holds a 266-182 (.594) mark at Arizona and is 591-253 (.700) overall. She has a record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 appearances.


Todd Holthaus

Assistant Coach UA Women’s Basketball

Todd Holthaus is in his 2nd season on the Wildcat staff, where he is responsible for post player development, recruiting, scouting, floor work and assisting with the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp.  Holthaus came to Arizona after a highly successful stint as the girls’ varsity head coach at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson. He posted a career record of 160-64 (.714) in seven years at FWHS and led the Lady Cabs to seven consecutive state tournament appearances. Included in the run were two region championships, two conference championships and a region tournament title.   His on-court success did not go unrecognized, as Holthaus was named Class 5A Southern Region Coach of the Year by the southern region coaches in each of the last four seasons (2002-05). In addition, he earned Southern Arizona Coach of the Year honors from the Arizona Daily Star in 2005.  A 1995 graduate of Grand Canyon University, Holthaus was a Dean’s List student who earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.



Cassandra YANCY

Head Coach, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Coach Yancy is entering her 5th year as the head coach at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and boasts 18 years of coaching experience at the university, community college, and high school levels.  Prior to her head coaching position at Chandler-Gilbert, she served as an assistant coach of the Coyotes for 5 years.  Coach Yancy has also spent 4 years as the head coach of the Sports Ambassadors International as well as 9 years coaching the Arizona Elite AAU Club where she won a national championship in 1999.  A graduate of Northern Arizona University where she played her college ball, was a senior co-captain of the Lumberjacks and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees. 



Head Coach, Troy High School (Calif.)

Coach Kiernan enters his 11th season as head coach of the Troy Warriors.  Kiernan has compiled a 256-29 record, 9 straight undefeated league championships, and 3 state championships in 2003, 2005 and 2006.  Before taking over at Troy, Kiernan was the head coach at Cypress College.  In his 6 seasons at Cypress, Kiernan compiled a record of 110-79 and was the 1999 Orange Empire Conference Coach of the Year, and in 2003 was inducted in the Cypress College Hall of Fame.  Prior to Cypress College Kiernan was the head coach at La Quinta compiling a 112-24 record, 5 straight Garden Grove league titles and the 1990 CIF 4A championships.  Most recently Kiernan was named the 2006 Russell Athletic/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year and  served as the head coach at the WBCA High School All-American game in Boston, MA.



Head Coach, Sahuaro High School (Tucson, AZ)

Coach Botkin is entering his 6th season as the head coach at Sahuaro High School and 11th season as a varsity coach overall.  Prior to Sahuaro, Coach Botkin was the head women’s coach at Rincon/University High School.  He brings 19 years of coaching experience at the high school level.  Botkin has compiled a record of 212-89 (.704) as a varsity coach including 20 plus wins in 8 seasons and 9 straight State tournament appearances.  His teams have won 6 various holiday tournament titles.  Last year Botkin’s team went undefeated in region play, won a region title and a region tournament title.  His on-court success did not go unrecognized as Botkin was named the Kino Region coach of the year by the region coaches.  He was also a 1996 Arizona Daily Star coach of the year.  A 1995 Graduate of The University of Arizona, Botkin was a deans list student who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Physical Education/Health Related Sciences.

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