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Bonvicini Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year Award
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/27/2003
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Feb. 27, 2003

University of Arizona head women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini has been named as a finalist for the 2003 Naismith Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year Award. Bonvicini is one of 25 head coaches who have been nominated for this prestigious award, which is awarded annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

After recording her 200th win at Arizona earlier this season, Bonvicini holds a 210-137 record in 12 years with the Wildcats. She is 535-208 in 23 years as a collegiate head coach.

Bonvicini is joined on the finalists list by fellow Pac-10 coaches Tara VanDerveer from Stanford and June Daugherty from Washington. This marks the third time Bonvicini has been a finalist for the Naismith College Coach of the Year Award, as she was previously nominated in the 1999-2000 and 1997-98 seasons.

Ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll this week, Arizona is 18-7 overall and 11-5 in Pac-10 action. In the hunt for a second-place finish in the conference this year, the Wildcats face ninth-ranked Stanford at home on Thursday, Feb. 27, then they end regular season play against California on Saturday, Mar. 1.

The Naismith Awards program, now in its 35th year, honors the outstanding college basketball coaches in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of excellence in basketball. The winners of this year's Naismith Awards will be honored in Atlanta on April 11, 2003, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Finalists for the 2003 Naismith Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year Awards

Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
Melanie Balcomb, Vanderbilt
Gary Blair, Arkansas
Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
Kevin Borseth, Wisconsin-Green Bay
Pam Borton, Minnesota
Kurt Budke, Louisiana Tech
Jody Conradt, Texas
Kristy Curry, Purdue
June Daugherty, Washington
Sharon Fanning, Mississippi State
Mark French, UC Santa Barbara
Gail Goestenkors, Duke
Sue Gunter, Louisiana State
Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina
Cathy Inglese, Boston College
Andy Landers, Georgia
Deb Patterson, Kansas State
Harry Perretta, Villanova
Rene Portland, Penn State
Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech
Vivian Stringer, Rutgers
Pat Summitt, Tennessee
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
Susan Walvius, South Carolina

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