Campbellsville University's Ginger Colvin honored with the 2016 Carol Eckman Award

Campbellsville University's Ginger Colvin honored with the 2016 Carol Eckman Award

ATLANTA (February 29, 2016) – Ginger Colvin, head coach at Campbellsville University, is the winner of the 2016 Carol Eckman Award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.

The Carol Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA member coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose.  The award is named in honor of the late Carol Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach, who is considered the “Mother of the Women’s Collegiate Basketball Championship.”  Eckman organized the first women’s basketball championship at West Chester in 1969, and continued to garner recognition and support for the women’s game until her death from cancer in 1985.

"I am delighted to present Ginger Colvin with the Carol Eckman Award,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Ginger is an accomplished coach and teacher whose unmatched dedication to her student-athletes has enriched their collegiate experience as well as prepared them for future success in life.  A shining example over her nine years as head coach, she embodies the spirit of the late Carol Eckman and has left her fingerprints on the game of women’s basketball.

Colvin is in her ninth season as head coach for Campbellsville University where she has accumulated a record of 241-64. Since taking over, Colvin has made a tremendous impact leading the Lady Tigers to three 30-win seasons, five Mid-South Conference titles, eight NAIA National Tournament appearances including four in the quarterfinals and runner-up in 2015.

Additionally, Colvin was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year four times and a finalist for the WBCA National Coach of the Year in 2010.

After finishing her playing career at Campbellsville in 1991, Colvin served as a part-time assistant for 12 years at her alma mater. In 2003, the Tompkinsville, Kentucky, native moved to full-time assistant and four years later became the second head coach in program history.

Campbellsville currently sits in second place in the Mid-South Conference standings with a 10-4 record, and fifth in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Lady Tigers ended the regular season with a 23-6 mark overall.

Now in its 30th year, the Carol Eckman Award has recognized the following individuals in women’s basketball: Lisa Bluder, University of Iowa (2015); Jane Albright, University of Nevada (2014); Jan Ross, University of Oklahoma (2013); Sue Ramsey, Ashland University (2012); Joanne Boyle, University of California (2011); Kevin Cook, Gallaudet University (2010); Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame University (2009); Doug Bruno, DePaul University (2008); Theresa Grentz, University of Illinois (2007); Gail Goestenkors, Duke University (2006); Bonnie Henrickson, University of Kansas (2005); Deirdre Kane, West Chester University (2004); Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University (2003); Barbara Stevens, Bentley College (2002); Juliene Simpson, East Stroudsburg University (2001); Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard University (2000); Susan Summons, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Community College (1999); Kay James, University of Southern Mississippi (1998); Amy Ruley, North Dakota State University (1997); Dr. Joann Rutherford, University of Missouri (1996); Ceal Barry, University of Colorado (1995); the late Sue Gunter, Louisiana State University (1994); C. Vivian Stringer, University of Iowa (1993); Dr. Jill Hutchison, Illinois State University (1992); Marian Washington, University of Kansas (1991); Maryalyce Jeremiah, Cal State Fullerton (1990); Linda Hill-MacDonald, University of Minnesota (1989); the late Kay Yow, North Carolina State University (1988); Jody Conradt, University of Texas (1987), and Laura Mapp, Bridgewater College (1986).

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Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.