WBCA announces finalists for 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year award; MC’s Travillian named Regional Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (March 14, 2013) – The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the eight 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division III Regional Coaches of the Year, all of whom are finalists for the 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year Award.

They are: 

  • Region 1 – Carla Berube, Tufts University
  • Region 2 – James Seward, State University College at New Paltz
  • Region 3 – Karin Harvey, Montclair State University
  • Region 4 – Renee DeVarney, Swarthmore College
  • Region 5 – Darrin Travillian, Maryville College
  • Region 6 – Michele Durand, Ohio Northern University
  • Region 7 – Tim Bernero, Carthage College
  • Region 8 – Juli Fulks, Lewis & Clark College

Joining them as at-large finalists for National Coach of the Year honors are G.P Gromacki, Amherst College; Patricia Manning, Williams College; Kris Huffman, DePauw University and Keri Carollo, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater whose teams reached the 2013 NCAA® Division III Women's Final Four®.

The 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year will be named during the third annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 8, in New Orleans.  This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.

Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian just finished his third season at the helm of the Scots' program going 24-5 on the season while earning a share of the USA South Athletic Conference regular season title with a 16-2 league record. He guided MC to their 19th NCAA post-season appearance for women's basketball while developing the program's 8th All-American in Janell Menard.

This two-time Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year has developed a dozen all-conference performers while directing numerous academic all-conference honorees on a trio of squads that won the league regular season conference title on three occasions, claimed the 2011-2012 GSAC Conference tournament title, and has been ranked as high as third by the NCAA in the South Region and No.22 nationally.

In only three seasons, Travillian's .795 winning percentage ranks him first in MC women's basketball 29 year history. His 66 wins are third within the program's all-time list.

"Congratulations to these coaches on being named finalists for this year's RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division III Coach of the Year Award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.  "The finalists were selected by their peers and have proved themselves deserving of the honor after leading their team to a tremendous season." 

"We would like to congratulate these coaches for being named finalists for the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division III Coach of the Year Award," said Senior Vice President of Russell Athletic, Gary Barfield. "Each of these coaches embodies the team concept we model our business after, and we are pleased to honor them for a fantastic season."


RUSSELL ATHLETIC and the WBCA present the national coach of the year award annually in each of the five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 31st year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented this honor to an NCAA Division III head coach.  For a list of past recipients, visit WBCA.org.


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About the WBCA:

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.