Kay Yow Award

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Kay Yow Award
Kay Yow
Awarded forthe nation's top women's coach in NCAA Division I basketball who also displays great character off the court
CountryUnited States
Presented byCollegeinsider.com
First awarded2010
Currently held byTeri Moren
Teri Moren, current winner.

The Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award is an award given annually to the women's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition who displays great character both on and off the court. The award was established in 2010 and is named for legendary women's head coach Kay Yow, who coached at NC State from 1975 to 2009 before succumbing to stage 4 breast cancer. Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 but still continued to coach until the illness forced her to take a medical leave of absence in early 2009. Yow accumulated over 700 wins as a head coach, and also led the United States women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988.[1]


The award is presented to the coach who has exhibited great personal character both as a coach and as a person. A committee of 26 members, ranging from women's basketball analysts, former and current head coaches, and Yow's three siblings (sisters Deborah and Susan, and brother Ronnie), chooses the winner among a field of finalists.[2]


* Awarded the Naismith College Coach of the Year the same season
Coach (X) Denotes the number of times the coach has been awarded the Kay Yow Award
Year Coach School Record Postseason result Reference
2009–10 Connie Yori* Nebraska 32–2 NCAA Sweet 16 [3]
2010–11 Matt Bollant Green Bay 34–2 NCAA Sweet 16 [4]
2011–12 Karl Smesko Florida Gulf Coast 29–3 NCAA first round [5]
2012–13 Katie Abrahamson-Henderson Albany 27–4 NCAA First round [6]
2013–14 David Six Hampton 28–4 NCAA First round [7]
2014–15 Tricia Fabbri Quinnipiac 31–4 NCAA First round [7]
2015–16 Brian Boyer Arkansas State 27–6 WNIT Second round [7]
2016–17 Maureen Magarity New Hampshire 26–6 WNIT First round [7]
2017–18 Sue Guevara Central Michigan 30–5 NCAA Sweet 16 [8]
2018–19 Kellie Harper Missouri State 25–10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen [9]
2019–20 Brian Giorgis Marist 26–4 Canceled [10]
2020–21 Jarrod Olson California Baptist 26–1 WNIT Quarterfinal [11]
2021–22 Dawn Plitzuweit South Dakota 29–6 NCAA Sweet Sixteen [12]
2022–23 Teri Moren Indiana 28–4 NCAA Second Round [13]

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  • "Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award". CollegeInsider.com. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  1. ^ "Inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame – Kay Yow". Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Kay Yow Award". CollegeInsider.com. 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  3. ^ Associated Press (6 April 2010). "Nebraska's Connie Yori wins first Kay Yow Award". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Green Bay women's basketball head coach Matt Bollant named Coach of the Year". Horizon League. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ "FGCU's Karl Smesko Next on Friday's A-Sun Insider". Atlantic Sun Conference. 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Albany Katie Abrahamson-Henderson | Kay Yow Award | CollegeInsider.com   |   College Basketball Awards   |   CollegeInsider.com". www.kayyowaward.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  7. ^ a b c d "The Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award   |   College Basketball Awards   |   CollegeInsider.com". www.kayyowaward.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  8. ^ CMUChippewas.com, Andy Sneddon. "CMU's Guevara named 'Kay Yow National Coach of the Year'". The Morning Sun. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  9. ^ "Kellie Harper Named Kay Yow Coach Of The Year". KTTS. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  10. ^ "Marist's Giorgis Named Kay Yow Coach Of The Year". Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Jarrod Olson Named College Insider Kay Yow National Coach of the Year". CBU Athletics. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  12. ^ "The Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award | College Basketball Awards | CollegeInsider.com". www.kayyowaward.com. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  13. ^ "Indiana's Teri Moren is the recipient of the 2023 Kay Yow Award…". www.kayyowaward.com. Retrieved April 8, 2023.

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