March 26, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced the eight 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coaches of the Year Wednesday. Head Coach Ryun Williams received the award for Region 7, and is a candidate for the national coach of the year award announced on April 7.
Williams led the Rams from 11-19 (.367) in his first season at Colorado State to 25-8 (.758) this year. That improvement ranks as the third-best turnaround in the country, when factoring increase in winning percentage among teams with at least 20 wins this season.
Tasked with refining what has been nearly a decade of sub-par results, Williams brought eight new faces to the Rams’ 2013-14 roster in his second season at the helm. The team quickly realized it had an irrefutable chemistry, which resulted in eight- and 10-game win streaks, totaling 17 wins in 18 games, skyrocketing them to the top of the Mountain West standings and their first regular-season championship in 12 years.
The Rams, who were picked to finish seventh in Mountain West preseason poll, more than doubled their win total from last season, producing the best record in 13 years, and the third-most victories in program history.
The team earned a program-record 10 all-conference awards to six players, in addition to a MW Coach of the Year nod for the second-year coach. The Rams also received their first postseason invitation in 10 years, with a trip to the WNIT.
2014 Regional Coaches of the Year:
- Region 1 – Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
- Region 2 – Muffet McGraw, University of Notre Dame
- Region 3 – Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina, Columbia
- Region 4 – Jennifer Roos, Bowling Green State University
- Region 5 – Kim Mulkey, Baylor University
- Region 6 – Curt Miller, Indiana University
- Region 7 – Ryun Williams, Colorado State University
- Region 8 – Scott Rueck, Oregon State University
The regional winners were selected by their D-I peers. A selection committee of coaches from each region will determine the national winner. The 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year (the Pat Summitt Trophy) will be awarded at the WBCA Awards Show on April 7, at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
This is the second regional coaching honor for Colorado State. Former head coach Greg Williams won the award in 1996 after leading his team to the program’s first-ever conference championship and postseason berth with a 26-5 record.
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
CSU Athletics has international flavor
In the 2014-15 season, Colorado State athletics had 20 international student athletes coming to...
Newton to receive prestigious NCAA postgrad...
Colorado State women's basketball senior AJ Newton was awarded with a $7,500 Ethnic Minority and ...
Mestdagh, Wells to forgo senior seasons at CSU
Colorado State women's basketball head coach Ryun Williams announced Monday that Hanne Mestdagh...
A great year to be a CSU Ram
The 2014-15 season has been a great year to be a CSU Ram. CSU's four revenue sports posted a 81.3...
CSU women's hoops to host three summer camps
The Colorado State women's basketball program will host a Team Camp and two individual youth...
Women's basketball recap: CSU closes...
In the first round of the WNIT, the Colorado State women's basketball team fell short against in-...
Game notes: CSU welcomes in-state rival...
Colorado State (23-7) opens Round 1 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament vs. Northern...
CSU women's hoops to host Northern Colorado...
The Women's National Invitation Tournament bracket was released late Monday night. Colorado State...