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Atlanta Tipoff Club | February 21, 2021

15 coaches named to Werner Ladder Naismith Trophy Women's Coach of the Year late-season watch list

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The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today 15 women's basketball coaches on the late season watch list for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women's Coach of the Year award. 

The Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC lead in conference representation with three coaches each on the list. 

The 2021 list includes Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and Adia Barnes (Arizona), both of whom were finalists in 2020. Staley won the 2020 award. 

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Other previous winners on the list are UConn's Geno Auriemma and Stanford's Tara Vanderveer. Auriemma's won the award 8 times, with his most recent win in 2017. Vanderveer previously won in 2011 and 1990.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club will release a list of 10 national semi-finalists on March 3. The list will shorten to Four finalists on March 18.

The winner will be announced on April 3. 

Name School Conference
Geno Auriemma UConn BIG EAST
Adia Barnes Arizona Pac-12
Kim Barnes Arico Michigan Big Ten
Gary Blair Texas A&M SEC
Mike Carey WVU Big 12
Cori Close UCLA Pac-12
Jose Fernandez USF AAC
Brenda Frese Maryland Big Ten
Kellie Harper Tennessee SEC
Aaron Johnston South Dakota State Summit
Kevin McGuff Ohio State Big Ten
Wes Moore NC State ACC
Dawn Staley South Carolina SEC
Tara VanDerveer Stanford Pac-12
Jeff Walz Louisville ACC

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