Smith College’s Lynn Hersey named 2023 WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (March 16, 2023) — Smith College head coach Lynn Hersey has been named the 2023 WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Hersey will receive the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the national coaches of the year in each of the WBCA’s six membership divisions.

“The WBCA is proud to announce Lynn Hersey as the 2023 recipient of the Pat Summitt Trophy presented to the WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. “We also congratulate the other head coaches who were selected by their peers as finalists for this prestigious award.

"Lynn was chosen for this honor after leading her team to an exceptional season. The WBCA recognizes and applauds her leadership example that can be seen in her student-athletes, institution and community.”

The WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year is selected by a committee of coaches. This year’s finalists were:



Meg Barber

New York University

Bill Broderick

Christopher Newport University

Jenna Cosgrove

Rhode Island College

Michelle Ferenz

Whitman College

Juli Fulks

Transylvania University

Lynn Hersey

Smith College

Mark Huelsman

Ohio Northern University

Laurie Kelly

Gustavus Adolphus College

Olivia Lett

Millikin University

Heather Macy

Greensboro College

Benjamin O’Brien

University of Scranton

Jill Pace

Tufts University

Jessica Turner

Skidmore College

Visit to see a list of past recipients of the award.

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 for more details about the association.

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