WBCA announces NAIA honorees for 2023-24 season

ATLANTA (March 19, 2024) – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today the NAIA award winners for the 2023-24 season.

Coach of the Year

For the second straight year, Campbellsville University head coach Ginger Colvin is the 2024 WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year. Colvin will receive the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the coaches of the year in each of the WBCA’s membership divisions.

“The WBCA is proud to once again announce Ginger Colvin as the recipient of the Pat Summitt Trophy presented to the WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. "Ginger, who also won this honor in 2023, was chosen after leading her team to another exceptional season. The WBCA recognizes and applauds her leadership example that can be seen in her student-athletes, institution and community.”

This year’s finalists for WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year were:



Jessie Biggs

Indiana Institute of Technology

Ginger Colvin

Campbellsville University

Shawn Reed

Tabor College

Rachelle Sayers

Carroll College

Jeff Soderquist

John Brown University

Candace Walker

Saint Thomas University

Player of the Year

Ella Collier of Marian University repeats as WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2024 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team. Collier also received the honor in 2023.

The WBCA presents the Player of the Year award annually to the top player in five of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, and III, NAIA, two-year college and high school). The Wade Trophy is presented to the best player in NCAA Division I.

"The WBCA is pleased to once again name Ella Collier as the WBCA NAIA Player of the Year,” said Donehew. “She is most deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA applauds Ella for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game during the 2023-24 season.”

Coaches’ All-America

Here are the 2024 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-Americans:



Melissa Akullu

Vanguard University

Grace Beyer

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy

Sandra Cannady

Loyola University

Ella Collier

Marian University

Erika Foy

Indiana Institute of Technology

Lauren Lee

Campbellsville University

Nicole McDermott

Clarke University

Jamie Pickens

Carroll College

Allie Stone

University of Pikeville 

Kaitlynn Wilks

Campbellsville University

“We congratulate the members of the 2024 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team,” said Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate their teams and themselves to an elite level of competition. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have also lifted the women’s game.”

Here are the student-athletes who received 2024 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America honorable mention:



Madaline Boyle

Campbellsville University

Kiara Brown

Menlo College

Jessica Carrothers

Indiana University Northwest

Kaylee Clark

Williams Baptist University

Korynn Clason

Sterling College

Brooke Dial

Waldorf University

Lilli Frasure

Indiana Wesleyan University

Jaycie Jenkins

Milligan University

Ella Larsen

Grand View University

Ashlee Maldonado

University of Providence

Madie McCoy

Tabor College

Teionni McDaniel

Georgetown College

Kassie Monday

University of the Cumberlands

Alyvia Owens

Tabor College

Jordan Reid

Indiana Wesleyan University

LaMyah Ricks

Kansas Wesleyan University

Lauren Rowley

William Carey University

Tarrah Stephens

John Brown University

Jordan Sweeney

University of Montana - Western

Taylor Thomas

Loyola University

The WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year, Player of the Year and Coaches’ All-America team are selected by the WBCA NAIA Awards Committee from coaches and student-athletes who are nominated by WBCA member coaches.

Visit WBCA.org to see a list of past recipients of each award.

About the WBCA 
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. Founded in 1981, 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 WBCA.org for more details about the association.

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