Awards at a Glance

Fall Awards - 2016

Name of Award Description of Award Who's Eligible to Recieve it? Who can Submit Nominations?

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Allstate WBCA Good Works Team Composed of college women's basketball student-athletes who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.  Women's basketball student-athletes at an NCAA or NAIA member institution who are academically a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student for that season. Any WBCA member head coach at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA or JC/CC level may nominate only one player from their institution. 

September 12

October 21

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. 
Carol Eckman Award Presented to an active head or assistant coach who best demonstrates the character of the late Carol Eckman.  Any active WBCA head or assistant coach at the NCAA DI, DII DIII; NAIA or JC/CC level.  Any WBCA member head and/or assistant coach at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA or JC/CC level. 

September 12

October 21

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. 
Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship The $1,000 scholarship award is presented to one senior player who intends to pursue a career in law. Any applicant is only eligible to win one scholarship award.  Any senior player who intends to pursue a career in law.  Any WBCA member head coach at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII or NAIA level can nominate any player on his/her team who meets the criteria. 

September 12

October 21

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. 
Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award Recognizes those individuals who have maintained a professional life-long commitment of service to the game of women’s basketball.  Former coaches, former players or others (i.e. corporate sponsors, media, administrators, referees, educators, managers) who meet criteria.  Former coaches, former players or others (i.e. corporate sponsors, media, administrators, referees, educators, managers) who meet criteria. 

September 12

October 21

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. 
Mel Greenberg Media Award Recognizes a media person who has displayed a commitment to women’s basketball and to advancing the role of the media in promoting the women’s game.  Former coaches, former players or others (i.e. corporate sponsors, media, administrators, referees, educators, managers) who meet criteria.  Any WBCA member head and/or assistant coach at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, JC/CC or high school level. 

September 12

October 21

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. 
WBCA Administrator of the Year Presented annually to an administrator, athletic director, associate or assistant athletic director, or senior woman administrator who has promoted women’s basketball in a positive manner through clinics, speaking engagements, books, articles, research and/or special promotions at the local, regional and/or national levels, and who has served as a professional role model to student-athletes.  Former coaches, former players or others (i.e. corporate sponsors, media, administrators, referees, educators, managers) who meet criteria.  Any WBCA member head and/or assistant coach at any level. 

September 12

October 21

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. 

Spring Awards - 2017

Name of Award Description of Award Who's Eligible to Recieve it? Who can Submit Nominations?

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MaxPreps/WBCA Player of the Week Award Each week, the WBCA and MaxPreps will select one player from each of nine regions for the MaxPreps/WBCA Player of the Week award. Winners will be selected based upon stats submitted to MaxPreps by their coaches. Student-athletes at the high school level. High school coaches must enter the athlete's game stats into MaxPreps by Sunday evening. High school coaches may obtain an access code to enter stats for their teams at maxpreps.com/cl. At this time, coaches do not need to be a member of the WBCA.

November 28

March 5

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
NCAA/WBCA Coaches' Trophy Awarded annually to the NCAA Division I women's basketball team that finishes first in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches Poll. Valued at $30,000, the luminous trophy is made of handcrafted Waterford Crystal in the shape of a basketball and sits atop a large black acrylic base. The NCAA Division I women's basketball team that finishes first in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches Poll There is not a nomination process for this award.

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No. The NCAA Division I women's basketball team that finishes first in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches Poll is named as the winner. N/A N/A
Russell Athletic Together We R team Award Honors a team that has overcome unforeseen barriers during the current season and finishes the year with accomplishments that have exceeded their expectations.  Any WBCA member at the collegiate and high school level is eligible to submit a description of the extraordinary circumstances for their team.  Any WBCA member at the collegiate and high school level.  January 23

February 10

A selection committee will determine the recipient, but WBCA members and fans will get to vote on YouTube by “liking” the video submitted by the finalist they feel is most deserving of the award. These votes will be tallied and counted as 1 vote.  TBD TBD
Spalding Maggie Dixon DI Rookie Coach of the Year This award is named in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, former Army head coach, whose success during her inaugural year at the Black Knights' helm was remarkable. Dixon was named 2006 Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading Army to the conference title and its first-ever NCAA DI tournament appearance. Dixon passed away on April 6, 2006, just a few weeks following the Black Knights' appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  Any WBCA member NCAA DI head coach who is in their rookie season is eligible. A head coach whose institution has transitioned to NCAA DI will not qualify for this award if it is not their first year as a head coach at that institution. A head coach/assistant coach who has coached at the professional level and then returns to the collegiate level IS NOT eligible for this award. There is no formal nomination process. All NCAA DI conference communications directors are contacted and asked to submit to the WBCA the names, awards and other relevant news regarding all rookie coaches within their respective conferences.

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No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
United States Marine Corps/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year Award Presented annually to a head coach in NCAA DI, DII and DIII, NAIA, JC/CC, and high school divisions, who best fulfills the award criteria.  Any high school head coach. They do not have to be a WBCA member.  Only WBCA member head coaches are allowed to nominate at the high school level. You may only nominate within your division. 

January 23

February 10

No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA DI National Coach of the Year Award Presented annually to a head coach in NCAA DI, DII and DIII, NAIA, JC/CC, and high school divisions, who best fulfills the award criteria.  Any WBCA member NCAA DI head coach.  Any WBCA member head and/or assistant coach at the NCAA DI level. 

January 23

February 22

Yes, but only WBCA member head coaches are allowed to vote only for coaches within their region/division.  February 23

March 6

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United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA DII and DIII, NAIA and JC/CC National Coach of the Year Award Presented annually to a head coach in NCAA DI, DII and DIII, NAIA, JC/CC, and high school divisions, who best fulfills the award criteria.  Any WBCA member head coach in each of the collegiate divisions: NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA and JC/CC.  Any WBCA member head and/or assistant coach at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA or JC/CC level. You may only nominate within your division.  January 23 February 10 Yes, but only WBCA member head coaches are allowed to vote only for coaches within their region/division.  February 13 February 22 5 p.m. ET
Wade Trophy Awarded annually to the best college women's basketball player in the country who not only excels athletically, but serves as a positive role model both on and off the court.  All academically eligible NCAA DI players (sophomore, junior or senior) who are members of the WBCA NCAA DI Coaches' All-America Team are candidates for The Wade Trophy. Freshmen are not eligible for The Wade Trophy. There is no formal nomination process. The Wade Trophy Committee compiles a list of "Wade Watch" candidates based on the criteria above at the beginning of the basketball season. The committee may add more candidates to the list during the season. N/A N/A No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner. The winner must be a part of the WBCA Coaches' All-America NCAA DI Team. N/A N/A
WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award- NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, JC/CC and High School Presented annually to the WBCA National Assistant Coach of the Year in each of the six membership divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, junior/community college and high school who demonstrate a professional manner/attitude, involvement in community service, professional organization involvement, committment to the student-athlete and on court coaching success. Any assistant coach who is a WBCA member "in good standing." Any WBCA member coach head coach may nominate up to one (1) assistant coach from their institution. January 23 February 10 No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
WBCA Coaches' All-America Team-NCAA DI The team is chosen to honor the 10 best NCAA DI players.  All academically eligible collegiate women’s basketball players are elegible.  Any WBCA member head coach at the NCAA DI level can nominate up to 3 players on their team who meet the criteria.  January 23 February 22 Yes. WBCA member head coaches in each region vote online at WBCA.org. Voters rank in order their top picks.  February 23 March 6 Noon ET
WBCA Coaches' All-America Team-NCAA DII and DIII, NAIA and JC/CC Each team is chosen to honor the 10 best players in the respective division.  All academically eligible collegiate women’s basketball players are elegible.  Any WBCA member head coach at the NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA or JC/CC level can nominate up to 3 players on their team who meet the criteria.  January 23 February 10 Yes. WBCA member head coaches in each region will vote online at WBCA.org. Voters will rank, in order, their top picks.  February 12 February 22 5 p.m. ET
WBCA Coaches' All-America Team-High School One of the most prestigious and highest honors for a high school girls basketball player.  Only high school seniors are eligible. Fifth-year seniors are not eligible.  Any WBCA member head coach at the high school level.  January 23 February 10 No. The selection committee will conduct a series of conference calls to discuss and review all nominees. The team will be selected at the end of February.  N/A N/A
WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year Honors the best defensive player in NCAA Division I women's basketball.   The defensive player of the year in each NCAA DI conference is eligible for the award. A conference that does not select a defensive player of the year may nominate one player to represent the conference. Each conference communications director submits to the WBCA office the name of their defensive player of the year or nominee along with the statistics and other information listed in the criteria. N/A N/A No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
WBCA Player of the Year-NCAA Division II, III, NAIA, JC/CC and High School Presented annually to the best player in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Junior/Community College and High School divisions. (Note: The Wade Trophy is presented to the best player in NCAA Division I.)  All members of the Coaches' All-America teams in each of the five divisions are candidates for Player of the Year honors in their respective divisions. Coaches who nominate their player(s) for the All-America Team are considered candidates for this award. N/A N/A No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
WBCA President's Award Presented to an individual who the President of the WBCA believes has contributed a great deal to the game of women's basketball. This award is not necessarily presented annually.   Anyone who has made a significant contribution to the game of women's basketball in the opinion of the WBCA President is eligible to be considered for this award. There is no formal nomination process. The President of the WBCA gathers information on potential candidates for review. N/A N/A No. The President of the WBCA selects the winner.  N/A N/A
WBCA Thirty Under 30 Award by Marriott  Recognized annually the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 recipients. This recognition was created to honor thirty of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game. Any head coach or assistant coach who is age 30 and under prior to April 1st of the current season and a WBCA member "in good standing." Any WBCA member head coach or assistant coach may nominate themselves or their peers for this recognition. January 23 February 10 No. The selection committee will review all nominees and select the winner.  N/A N/A
WBCA Victory Club Presented to each WBCA member head coach who achieves a career win record of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more, in 100-victory increments. Wins on the same level, but not different levels can be combined.  All WBCA member head coaches at any level.  A WBCA member head coach must nominate him/herself. In 2011 this nomination allows assistant coaches to submit their head coach’s nomination information. This is due to inscription that will be on the individual award plaques.  January 23 March 22 No. Everyone who submits information based on the award criteria by the deadline will receive an award recognizing his/her achievement.  N/A N/A

Summer Awards - 2017

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WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls  Recognizes outstanding academic performance by teams in NCAA DI, DII and DIII, NAIA, and JC/CC divisions.  All collegiate divisions are elegible.  Any WBCA member head coach at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA or JC/CC level can nominate his/her team for this award. 

May 15

June 23

No. The WBCA will receive nominations and determine the top 25 teams in each division based on team GPA.   N/A N/A