TUCSON, Ariz.- University of Arizona head women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini today received the National Association for Women (NOW) 2004 Woman of Courage Award at a banquet at the Arizona Inn. The award is given to a woman who makes significant contributions in the community and has influenced young lives through her involvement in community organizations and fundraising.
"Joan really is a woman of courage," Arizona Senior Woman Administrator Rocky LaRose said in presenting Bonvicini with the award. "She is helping the next generation by showing young girls that it is okay to be strong, confident, athletic and female."
Bonvicini has been involved in several community organizations in Tucson, including the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, the Tucson Centers for Women and Children, Leukemia and Lymphoma Association, the Girl Scouts of America and YMCA.
The winningest coach in Arizona women’s basketball history, Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to eight postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournament berths and a Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) Championship. Under her tutelage, Arizona has finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in eight of the last nine years, and last season won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history.
While at Arizona, Bonvicini has produced one All-American, three honorable mention All-Americans, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 19 All-Pac-10 honorees, 14 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and eight Academic All-Pac-10 selections.
Bonvicini herself has earned her share of laurels, having three times been a finalist for the Naismith College Coach of the Year Award and the Associated Press College Coach of the Year Award. She was also the 1998 WBCA Region 8 and Pac-10 Coach of the Year.