Jan. 6, 2009
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners for the 2009 WBCA Superlatives, with California Golden Bears head coach Joanne Boyle earning the Rising Star award.
Joanne Boyle, the 2007-08 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year, has guided the California women's basketball program to the distinction of being one of the top-10 teams in the country in her four seasons at the helm.
Boyle has amassed a 79-30 record in three years in Berkeley, giving her the best winning percentage (.724) of any of the eight women's basketball coaches in school history and a six-year career record of 146-59 (.712). Under Boyle's direction, Cal has registered three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (2006-08) for the first time and consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins for only the second time in school history. In 2008, Cal also advanced to the final of the Pac-10 Tournament for the first time.
Boyle's 2007-08 Cal team carved its place in the national spotlight and in the school record books. The Bears set Cal records for wins in a season (27-7), winning percentage (.794), Pac-10 victories (15-3) and Pac-10 finish (2nd), and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993.
Nominations for the WBCA Superlatives were submitted through an online survey form. The top vote-getters for each superlative were then voted on through a balloting process, with the top vote-getter for each category being named the winner.
Most Inspirational: Kay Yow (N.C. State) Most Likely to get a Technical Foul: Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) Best Pep Band: Tennessee Rising Star: Joanne Boyle (California, Berkley) Best Coaching Combo: Geno Auriemma/Chris Dailey (Connecticut) Most Entertaining on the Sideline: Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) Most Intense on the Court but Laidback off the Court: Pat Summitt (Tennessee) Best Tradition: Tennessee Best WBCA Pink ZoneTM Event: N.C. State Best Away Locker Room: Arizona State