By TIM BOOTH
(Guru's note: Updating with later, more detailed AP story)
By Mel Greenberg
Former Arizona and Long Beach coach Joan Bonvicini will be named the new women's coach at Seatte on Tuesday a source familiar with the hire independently confirmed to the Guru.
But here's the AP story (since updated in the following new version) that caused the Guru to check out the report:
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE — Joan Bonvicini, one of only 18 coaches in Division
I history with more than 600 victories, will be hired as the new
women’s basketball coach at Seattle University, a person
familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the
school had yet to announce the hiring. A news conference has
been scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Bonvicini will be inheriting a Seattle program about to
begin its first full season playing a Division I schedule as
part of the Redhawks transition back to the top level of college
It’s Bonvicini’s first job since being fired in March 2008
after 17 seasons at Arizona and a career record of 612-294.
Her time in Tucson started strong, helping lead the Wildcats
to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1996 and seven
overall with Arizona. But in her final three seasons, Bonvicini
struggled with a combined 29-63 record, while rival Arizona
State began its assent to being one of the top programs in the
She finished with a 287-223 record at Arizona.
Before going to Arizona, Bonvicini had her greatest success
at Long Beach State. She helped the 49ers become one of the top
powers on the West Coast, going to 10 straight NCAA tournaments
and a pair of Final Four appearances in 1987 and 1988.
That second Final Four was played in Tacoma, Wash. Now
Bonvicini will be returning to the Northwest trying to raise the
profile of the Redhawks program.
Seattle went 20-9 last season under Dan Kriley, playing a
mixed schedule of Division I, II and NAIA teams and picked up
victories over Division I schools San Jose State, Portland and
UC Davis. It was the Redhawks’ first 20-win season in 16 years.
Kriley was fired last month after going 77-59 in his five
seasons at Seattle. But with the program about to embark on a
full Division I schedule, the school decided to go after a
bigger name to help jump start the reclassification process.
In April, the school hired Washington assistant and former
UCLA star Cameron Dollar as its men’s basketball coach,
replacing Joe Callero who took the head job at Cal Poly.
Book on Yow to be published
This arrived via email earlier in the day on Monday.
Leader of the Pack: The Legacy of Legendary Coach Kay Yow
Six months after Hall of Fame Coach Kay Yow’s death, 35 of her former players joined together to keep her memory alive. Their contributions and memories have been collected in the inspirational book Leader of the Pack: The Legacy of Legendary Coach Kay Yow, written by Stephanie Zonars.
Endorsed by Coach Yow prior to her passing, Leader of the Pack chronicles her remarkable life through the eyes of Wolfpack women whose stories tell the lessons they learned from Yow. Each lesson ties to an inspirational story from the Bible, demonstrating how all that Coach Yow taught and modeled was rooted in timeless wisdom she garnered from her faith. A portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®.
Leader of the Pack gives women who face life’s toughest challenges hope and inspiration. Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic says, “Coach Yow continues to inspire us and always will. This collection of stories will add a huge dose of inspiration, motivation and hope to your life journey.”
No stranger to success on the court, Coach Yow amassed more than 700 wins en route to 20 NCAA Tournaments, 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances, and one trip to the Elite Eight and the Final Four. Yow coached the
USA to the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics and was inducted into numerous halls of fame including the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2007, she was awarded the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance.
Stephanie Zonars met Coach Yow in 1993 and in recent years became passionate about helping her legacy live on in written form as a remembrance to those who knew her and an inspiration to those who did not. She released Timeout: Moments with God for Winning in Life (2008) and is published in Chicken Soup for Soul: Basketball Edition (2009).
Leader of the Pack (ISBN: 978-0-9821652-4-9) retails for $15.99 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon and for sale online on August 17, 2009.
We'll back later with the Summer League semifinal results although we're in the office tonight (Monday).