Heidi VanDerveer Receives WBCA West Region Coach of the Year
ATLANTA — University of California San Diego women’s basketball head coach Heidi VanDerveer has been named Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) West Region Coach of the Year, the association recently announced.
VanDerveer was one of eight finalists for WBCA National Coach of the Year, which was awarded to Drury University’s Molly Miller. The seventh-year Triton head coach has received the regional accolade for the second year in a row.
UC San Diego (30-1) is coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, winning an all-time best 30-consecutive games to begin the year.
The Tritons won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season championship for the fourth-straight season and earned the CCAA Tournament title for the second time in program history. VanDerveer received CCAA Coach of the Year honors for the fourth season in a row, as the UC San Diego reached the NCAA West Region Semifinals for the second-consecutive season.
UC San Diego was ranked No. 2 in the WBCA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for seven-consecutive weeks en route to becoming the first CCAA program to finish the regular season undefeated. Dating back to the previous season, the Tritons reached streaks of 36-consecutive regular-season victories, 32-straight CCAA regular-season wins, 26-consecutive regular-season victories away from home and 19-straight wins at RIMAC Arena.
In the process, junior forward Mikayla Williams earned WBCA All-America First-Team accolades, as well as being named CCAA Player of the Year and CCAA Tournament MVP. Senior guard Joleen Yang joined Williams on the All-CCAA First Team, while guard Brianna Claros was named CCAA Freshman of the Year.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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