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Illinois hires Green Bay’s Bollant to improve women’s program

Matt Bollant (courtesy of Wisconsin Green Bay athletics)

Illinois, taking a cue from Big 10 rival Indiana, has brought in a new basketball coach to revive its women’s program.

Former coach Jolette Law was fired after a five season record of 69-93.

Replacing her is Wisconsin Green Bay’s Matt Bollant.

The 41-year-old Bollant was 141-19 in five seasons with the Phoenix who are members of the Horizon League and his teams made the NCAA Tournament four times.

Bollant also was the head coach at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, has an overall career record of 268-55.

With Green Bay, he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year three times and Kay Yow National Coach of the Year in 2011.

Since the 2007-2008 season, the Phoenix have dominated the Mid-major Horizon League:

2007- 2008, 1st 26-6, 17-1, WNIT

2008-2009,  1st 29-4, 18-0   NCAA

2009-2010,  1st 28-5, 15-3   NCAA

2010-2011,  1st 34-2, 18-0   NCAA Sweet 16

2011-2012,  1st 31-2,17-1     NCAA Sweet 16

 

Info compiled from Wisconsin Green Bay & Illinois athletics news

Ross hired to coach LA Sparks

 

Carol Ross (courtesy of WNBA)

The Los Angeles Sparks have hired Atlanta Dream assistant Carol Ross to replace Joe “Jellybean” Bryant as their new coach.

Bryant, who is the father of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, started his second stint as the Sparks head coach last summer replacing Jennifer Gillom who was fired.

Before becoming a coach in the WNBA, Ross spent 12 seasons coaching Florida, where one of her players was forward DeLisha Milton-Jones of the Sparks. She also spent four years at her alma mater Mississippi. Ross had a career record in 16 seasons at the Division I of 324-161, with 12 NCAA tournament appearances and two WNIT bids.

Ross spent the past three seasons with Atlanta, which reached the WNBA finals in 2010 and 2011.

 

Info compiled from Los Angeles Sparks, the WNBA, Radio & TV

Toledo’s Cullop chosen ‘Dispatch’ women’s coach of the year

 

The state of Ohio has several top notch women’s basketball coaches: Jim Jabir of Dayton, Jim Foster of Ohio State, Kevin McGuff, formerly of Xavier, Sue Ramsey of Ashland and Bob Lindsay of Kent State. But none of them won the Columbus Dispatch’s women’s basketball coach of the year.

The 2010-2011 honor goes to University of Toledo head coach Tricia Cullop.

Tricia Cullop (courtesy of Toledo athletics)

The Rockets third year head coach helped turn a downtrodden program around and thus, was voted the Dispatch Women’s Ohio-College Basketball Coach of the Year by her fellow coaches.

Toledo lost in the MAC tournament semifinal round to Eastern Michigan 61-55 and felt they would not get a postseason bid.

Although the Rockets won the MAC regular season championship, ending Bowling Green’s run of titles at six straight, the team knew that postseason bids are not a shoo-in.

They received a WNIT bid instead of the coveted NCAA bid.

The Rockets rebounded quickly and proceded to win six straight games and capture the WNIT championship. Their final win was 76-68 over Southern California before a Mid-American Conference record crowd of 7,301 in Savage Arena.

That title was the first postseason basketball title by a men’s or women’s team in MAC history.

Toledo won 29 games this season and it was a far cry from their five straight losing seasons before Cullop was hired away from the Evansville Aces three years ago.

Cullop says she is successful as a head coach because she played and learned from one of the best in the game, Lin Dunn while at Purdue from 1990 to 1993. She played in three NCAA Tournaments and won a Big Ten title. She was voted to be captain as a senior.

 

compiled from Radio, TV & University of Toledo news

Wright State selects Morehead State’s Bradbury to coach women’s basketball

Courtesy of Wright State Athletics

Michael Bradbury (WSU photo)

Michael Bradbury, head women’s basketball coach at Morehead State University, was named as the sixth head women’s basketball coach at Wright State last week.

Bradbury, who led the Eagles to a 50-44 record over the last three seasons, posted a 22-11 slate this past season, including a bid to the post season Women’s Basketball Invitational. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Xavier and Cincinnati.

Bradbury was an integral part in signing the nation’s top-ranked player at Xavier in 2006-07. While at Cincinnati, he helped sign three top 25 classes. In each of his last ten seasons as an assistant coach, his teams qualified for postseason play. In all, 12 of the 17 teams he has been involved with have made postseason appearances, and nearly every team has posted a .500 record or better.

He spent five seasons at Xavier, and all five resulted in postseason appearances, including two NCAA tournament berths. In his first season at Xavier, in 2002-03, the Musketeers went 20-10 overall and advanced the NCAA Tournament first round after posting a 12-19 record the season before. In 2006-07, Bradbury helped lead XU to a 26-8 record and another NCAA Tournament berth. In between, his teams made three consecutive WNIT appearances, including a quarterfinal game in2004-05. In his five seasons, Xavier was 106-50 (.679 winning percentage).

Prior to his time at Xavier, Bradbury was a top assistant coach and the primary recruiter for crosstown school Cincinnati for six years, where he helped the Bearcats to two NCAA Tournament berths and a 127-57 record (.690 winning percentage). His Cincinnati career culminated in the 2001-02 squad going 27-5 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round. He also helped guide the 1998-99 team to a 22-9 record and a first-round game. Bradbury’s time at UC resulted in three WNIT appearances as well.

Bradbury went to Cincinnati after one season at Virginia Commonwealth University and one East Tennessee State. At ETSU, his 1995 team took sixth place in the WNIT and compiled a 21-9 record. His coaching career began at Chattanooga, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in recreation. He spent the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons as a student assistant coach before his first full-time assistant coaching assignment came in 1993-94. The 1991-92 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga team also advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round.

Cal women beats Illinois State; advances to WNIT Finals vs. Miami Fla.

compiled from WNIT and Triple Crown Sports

SEMI-FINALS

CALIFORNIA 61  ILLINOIS STATE 45

The California Lady Bears advance into the WNIT championship game Saturday at 2 p.m. EST against Miami, Florida at home. The Bears were led by Freshman Talia Caldwell who had 12 rebounds against Illinois State. This is the 3rd five game winning streak this season for 23-13 Cal. They were 11-7 in the Pacific 10 Conference. It takes 6 wins to be the WNIT Champion.

Talia Caldwell California (Cal)

Miami has beaten FGCU, 70-57; Florida 77-64; NC A&T 84-77; Providence 73-65; Michigan 76-59.   California has beaten UC-Davis 74-69 in overtime; Utah 64-54; Oregon 71-57; BYU 76-50 and Illinois State 61-45.


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