ATLANTA – Husky head coach Mike Neighbors was honored Monday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The WBCA announced today the finalists for the 2014 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, which included Neighbors. The award honors a WBCA Division I head coach who has led his or her team to a successful season during his or her first year at the helm.
The other finalists for the award are Dan Burt of Duquesne, Bunky Harkleroad of Sacramento State, Billi Godsey of Iona and Megan Gebbia of American.
Neighbors has led the Huskies to a 20-13 record this season with the Dawgs still alive in the WNIT. Washington finished sixth in the Pac-12 with a 10-8 conference record that included wins over five teams that were ranked at some point during the season. The Dawgs biggest win came over then-No. 3 Stanford, ending the Cardinal’s 58-game road Pac-12 winning streak.
The winner will be honored during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.
“All of these coaches have done a terrific job making an immediate impact at their institution. They will continue to make a difference in the coaching ranks, as well as with the student-athletes they deal with day in and day out,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “I wish these coaches the best of luck at the WBCA Awards Show.”
"We are privileged to once again honor the memory of Maggie Dixon while recognizing the best rookie coach in Division I women’s basketball,” said Paul Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Spalding US. “Maggie will always be a shining example to so many who share a love for the game. Congratulations to this year's finalists for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year."
The Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year award is presented in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, former Army head coach, whose success during her inaugural year at the Army helm was remarkable. The Black Knights won the Patriot League title in 2006 and Dixon was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading Army to the NCAA Tournament for the first time at the NCAA Division I level. Coach Dixon passed away on April 6, 2006, just a few weeks following the Black Knights’ appearance in the NCAA Tournament.