UD's Green earns 2017 WBCA Rookie Coach of the Year Award


ATLANTA – The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Friday that University of Dayton women's basketball head coach Shauna Green is the recipient of the 2017 Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award.

"Success in your first year as a head coach is generally a difficult feat. When a new head coach demonstrates a mastery of managing all aspects of a program, as well as producing success in competition, our coaching family pays respectful attention. The WBCA is proud to announce Shauna Green as the winner of the 2017 Spalding Maggie Dixon DI Rookie Coach of the Year award," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Shauna led her team to a remarkable season. We celebrate her effort and effectiveness on the basketball court as a teacher and equally applaud the extensive role she plays in impacting the lives of her student-athletes."

Green led the Flyers during the 2016-17 season to regular season and tournament titles in the Atlantic 10 while going 22-10 overall. Dayton advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Green in her first year at the helm of the program.

The Flyers made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons and swept both Atlantic 10 titles for the first time in program history. Dayton also finished 13th in the nation in defensive field goal percentage while having numerous individuals recognized on the A-10 All-Conference teams.

Green joins previous winners such as Jeff Walz of Louisville, Lisa Fortier of Gonzaga, and the Flyers' 2017 NCAA Tournament opponent this season, Holly Warlick from Tennessee.

The award honors a WBCA member NCAA Division I head coach who has led their team to a successful season during their first year at the helm. It is named in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, who in her inaugural season as Army head coach, led the Black Knights to the 2006 Patriot League title and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship tournament. Dixon, 29, died of an undiagnosed heart condition just weeks later on April 6, 2006.

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