ATLANTA - Nancy Fahey, head coach at Washington University in St. Louis, is the 2011 WBCA National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced. This is the 29th year of this honor, which has been selected by the WBCA since 1983.

Fahey, who has a 595-105 record in 25 years at Washington, is the only coach in NCAA Division III history to win five national championships, including a stretch of four consecutive crowns from 1998 through 2001. Fahey continues pursuit of her sixth national title when the defending national champion Bears (24-5) make their record 10th appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals in Bloomington, Ill.

Since Fahey's arrival in 1986, Washington has enjoyed its finest 25 seasons. In each of the past 24 years, the Bears have won at least 19 games and have made 23 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. In addition to her 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2010 national championship teams, Washington placed fourth in 1991, and finished second in 1994, 2007 and 2009.

Fahey also was selected NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year by the WBCA in 2000.

Fahey came to Washington from Johnsburg High School in McHenry, Ill., where she guided the Skyhawks to two regional championships, a sectional final and two 20-win seasons. As a player, Fahey was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Wisconsin. She started two years at point guard for the Badgers, and served as captain her senior season. Fahey graduated with honors from Wisconsin in 1981.