ATLANTA (March 15, 2017) — Kirkwood Community College head coach Kim Muhl is the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Junior/Community College Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.
Muhl will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year in each of the WBCA’s six membership divisions, during the 2017 WBCA Convention, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Dallas.
"The WBCA is proud to name Kim Muhl as the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Junior/Community College National Coach of the Year," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "Kim 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.”
In 28 years as head coach of the Eagles, Muhl has recorded 22 consecutive 20-win season. He has also tallied 23 regional finals appearances, 16 national tournament berths, and six national titles. This season Muhl led the squad to an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular-season title after finishing undefeated, 30-0.
Mulh is a 14-time National Junior College Athletic Association Region XI Coach of the Year and also received the WBCA Russell Athletic Junior/Community College Coach of the Year award in 2007. In 2011, he was inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
“The Marine Corps proudly recognizes Kim Muhl for his exemplary leadership and dedication to the young women of the Kirkwood Community College Eagles,” said Lieutenant Colonel Brian Proctor, assistant chief of staff, diversity, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. “Muhl demonstrates the core values upheld by those who hold the title Marine. The Marine Corps is honored to celebrate his fighting spirit, determination and excellence both as coach and mentor of the next generation of leaders.”
The junior/community college national coach of the year is selected by a committee of coaches. This year’s finalists were:
- Kevin Lynum, Northwest Kansas Technical College
- Kim Muhl, Kirkwood Community College
- Cayla Petree, South Plains 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.