ATLANTA (March 7, 2018) — Chad Killinger of Moberly Area Community College has been named the 2018 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the WBCA announced today.
Killinger will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach, during the 2018 WBCA Convention, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Columbus, Ohio.
"The WBCA is proud to name Chad Killinger as the 2018 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "Killinger was selected as the winner by his peers after leading his team to an exceptional season. The WBCA recognizes and applauds his leadership example that can be seen in his student-athletes, institution and community.”
Killinger is in his seventh season as the head coach at Moberly. He has led the Greyhounds to an undefeated 31-0 record and a No. 4 ranking in the latest NJCAA national poll. Moberly is leading the way on both ends of the court nationally with the 13th-ranked offense at 80.8 points per game and the third-ranked defense, only allowing 44.6 points per game.
The Greyhounds won this year’s NJCAA Region 16 Championship, their first under Killinger. He has amassed a 115-70 overall record during his time at Moberly, with five top 3 finishes in NJCAA Region 16. He has guided Moberly to five consecutive winning seasons and has helped 32 student-athletes move on to the four-year level. The seventh-year head coach was named Co-Coach of the Year in NJCAA Region 16 in the 2013-14 season.
"The United States Marine Corps proudly recognizes Moberly Area Community College’s Chad Killinger for his contributions and leadership to the Greyhounds and women’s basketball," said Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell, National Director, Marketing and Communication, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. "Coach Killinger exemplifies the willingness to engage and determination to win of all Marines."
The 2018 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year is selected by a committee of coaches. This year’s finalists, who were nominated and selected by their peers, are:
· Andrew Morong, Central Maine Community College
· Tim Parrinello, Monroe Community College
· Jeff Allen, Collin County Community College
· Gerald Ewing, Trinity Valley Community College
· Leasa Ailshie, Jacksonville College
· Betsy Specketer, Salt Lake Community College
Visit www.wbca.org/recognize/ to see a list of past recipients.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.