South Georgia Tech’s James Frey named 2021 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (April 27, 2021) — South Georgia Technical College head coach James Frey has been named the 2021 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Frey 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 James Frey as the 2021 recipient of the Pat Summitt Trophy presented to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College 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.

"James was chosen for this honor 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 his ninth season as head coach of the Lady Jets, Frey directed South Georgia Tech to a 22-4 record, the NJCAA Region XVII Championship, the NJCAA Southeast District Championship. The Lady Jets ended their season with an opening-round loss in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. Frey was named head coach at South Georgia Tech in June 2012. He took the position with 20 years of coaching experience, serving as a recruiter and assistant coach at College of Coastal Georgia.  

“The United States Marines Corps extends its congratulations to the 2021 winners of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Awards,” said Colonel Heather J. Cotoia (Commanding Officer, 4th Marine Corps District). “This award is a testament to your dedication and commitment to your profession and the young Americans under your charge. Again, congratulations on your achievements this season, and on your selection as the WBCA National Coaches of the Year.”

The United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year is selected by a committee of coaches. This year’s finalists were:



Benjamin Conrad

Johnson County Community College (KS)

James Frey

South Georgia Technical College

Taylor Harris

Miles Community College (MT)

Scott Hyland

Hill College (TX)

Cameron Turner

Eastern Arizona College

Visit 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 for more details about the association.

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