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March 7, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke’s Joanne P. McCallie has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in a vote of the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel, while the league’s 12 head coaches have selected Maryland’s Brenda Frese for the same honor. The awards were announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
McCallie led the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 27-2 overall record and a 17-1 mark in ACC regular-season play. The 17 regular-season conference wins are an ACC record. The conference coach of the year honor is McCallie’s seventh overall and her third ACC honor (2010, 2012, 2013) since taking over at Duke prior to the 2007-08 season. Duke, which has claimed at least a share of the ACC regular-season title for four straight years and the outright title each of the last two years, will enter this week’s ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Despite losing several key players to injury early on, Frese led Maryland to a 23-6 overall record, a 14-4 ACC mark and a No. 2 ACC Tournament seed. The Terrapins posted at least 20 wins under Frese’s watch for the ninth consecutive season and will enter the ACC Tournament ranked 10th nationally. Maryland defeated four fellow Top-25 ranked teams and posted a 13-1 record at the Comcast Center. The Terrpains enter postseason play with an RPI of 10 and designs on reaching the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in 10 seasons.
This marks the first season that the ACC’s head coaches have voted on an ACC Coach of the Year Award.
The 36th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament tips off at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 7, and will conclude with a 2 p.m. championship contest on Sunday, March 10. The title game will be televised on ESPN2. All 10 games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN). The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.