JR Payne named candidate for Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year
The No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball team is poised to compete in the NCAA Tournament in what has been a good year for the Pac-12 Conference.
Buffs are back in the top 25 AP and might even host a March Madness game in Boulder. Colorado is 20-5 this year and plays Arizona State on Friday, and the Sun Devils have yet to win a Pac-12 game this year.
Thus head coach JR Payne was appointed end-of-season nominee for Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year.
The list included 15 coaches, as well as two other Pac-12 coaches: Lynn Roberts of Utah and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford.
Here are other candidates:
Geno Auriemma, UConn
Lisa Bluder, Iowa
Kenny Brooks, Virginia Tech
Denise Dillon, Villanova
Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga
Shona Green, Illinois
Nile Ivy, Our Lady
Add Lawson, Duke
Kevin McGuff, Ohio
Teri Moren, Indiana
Kim Mulkey, LSU
Don Staley, South Carolina
The Buffs have exceeded all expectations this year after finishing eighth in the Pac-12. With two weeks left in the regular season, Colorado is in third place and is in serious contention for the Pac-12 Tournament title.
Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year nominees will be reduced to 10 on March 8 and then reduced again to four on March 20. The winner will be announced during the Final Four on March 29th.
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