Friday, March 2, 2012

SBU: Crowley Just One of 10 Named to USBWA Coach of the Year Watch List

St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
March 1, 2012
USBWA Release

St. Bonaventure's Jim Crowley has been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's National Coach of the Year award watch list by members of the USBWA on Thursday.

Crowley, who was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year on Wednesday, has guided a team picked to finish sixth the league by his peers to a 27-2 record and perfect 14-0 mark in the A-10 for the first time in program history. The award was Crowley's second Coach of the Year award in the last four years. The Windsor, N.Y. native won the award in 2008-09, and has led SBU to 20 or more wins in each of the last four seasons.

Crowley – one of just 10 head coaches in the nation named to the list – led Bona to the school's first regular-season title in any sport this year. The No. 19/22 Bonnies have set records for wins, road victories (13) and conference triumphs, and are currently riding a program-best 16-game winning streak.

Joining Crowley on the watch list are a pair of coaches he opposed this year – Delaware's Tina Martin and Kim Barnes Arico of St. John's – in addition to Joanne P. McCallie of Duke, Baylor's Kim Mulkey, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw, Penn State's Coquese Washington, Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer.

The announcement of the winner will come at the annual USBWA breakfast at the NCAA Women's Final Four on Tuesday, April 3 in Denver. The event is open to all credentialed Final Four media with limited availability to others interested in attending the event.

Crowley and his Bonnies earned the No. 1 seed at this weekend's 2012 Buick A-10 Women's Basketball Championship. SBU will face either eighth-seeded La Salle or ninth-seeded Xavier in the Quarterfinals at Noon on Saturday from Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.

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