ATLANTA, Ga. -- Pittsburg State Head Women's Basketball Coach Lane Lord has been named the WBCA/Russell Athletic Region 6 Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday (March 19). Lord is one of only three regional coaches of the year to guide his team to the Elite Eight. Lord and the other regional coaches of the year will now advance to the ballot for national coach of the year.
Lord has guided the 2011-12 Gorillas to a historic 27-5 season and the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA-II Elite Eight. The team's 27 wins so far this season set the school record for most wins in a season. The team started the season on a program record 14-game win streak. The team has also set school records for blocked shots and rebounds in a season and are nearing the points record. The team earned its way to the Elite Eight by defeating three teams it had played for the third time in the season to win the South Central Regional. Lord was also named the MIAA Coach of the Year.
The other regional coaches of the year were: Meghan Burke Brown of Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, Conn.), Stan Swank of Edinboro University (Edinboro, Pa.), Dennis Cox of Clayton State University (Morrow, Ga.), Sue Ramsey of Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio), Kiley Hill of Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Ga.), Chris Kielsmeier of Wayne State College (Wayne, Neb.) and Charity Elliott of University of California-San Diego.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC and the WBCA present the National Coach of the Year award annually in each of the five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 30th year of this honor, which has been selected by the WBCA since 1983.
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About the WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. The WBCA is pleased to join the women's sports community in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which was passed by Congress on June 23, 1972, and provides females with equal opportunities in athletics in the U.S. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.
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