Pat Summitt Trophy presented to the
United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year
Named in honor of college basketball's all-time winningest coach, the Pat Summitt Trophy is presented annually to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National 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. The criteria in order of priority are:
□ Team success during current season
□ Team improvement from previous season
□ Fulfillment of team potential
□ Professional manner and attitude of coach
All six United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coaches of the Year are presented with The Pat Summitt Trophy during the WBCA Convention.
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■ Eligibility. Any collegiate head coach who is a WBCA member "in good standing."
■ Nominations - Any WBCA member collegiate coach (head or assistant) may nominate an eligible head coach.
■ Member Voting - Voting takes place by region in NCAA DI, NCAA DII, NCAA DIII and NAIA membership divisions. Ballots containing the names of all eligible nominees in each division are posted online. Member head coaches may vote only for nominees within their respective divisions and regions. The coach who receives the most votes in each region is the United States Marine Corps/WBCA Regional Coach of the Year in that region and automatically becomes a finalist for the Pat Summitt Trophy. There is no regional voting in the Junior/Community College division.
■ Final Selection - A selection committee in each division chooses the WBCA National Coach of the Year from the pool of Regional Coaches of the Year. NCAA DIII also includes its national semifinal coaches in the pool of nominees. All nominees are considered for the award in the junior/community college division.
High School Division
■ Eligibility. Any high school head coach, regardless of whether they are a WBCA member.
■ Nominations - Any member high school coach (head or assistant) may nominate any high school head coach.
■ Member Voting - None.
■ Selection - All eligible nominees are divided by region among selection committee members. On its first conference call the committee discusses each nominee and selects the United States Marine Corps/WBCA Regional Coaches of the Year. On the final conference call, each committee member reviews with the group their respective Regional Coach of the Year. Following the call, the committee votes for the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year from the pool of Regional Coaches of the Year.