March 14, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. - Holy Cross women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons has been named as a 2006 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club Award recipient, as announced by WBCA organization officials on Tuesday afternoon. The RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club Award is presented to each WBCA member head coach who achieves career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more, in 100 victory increments. Gibbons made his way onto the prestigious list with a 70-53 win over Army on January 12, 2005. For his career, Gibbons is 429-197 (.685).
The award list is made up of successful women's basketball coaches around the country, and is headed by Tennessee's Pat Summitt, who has amassed more than 900 career wins.
Gibbons, who will be beginning his 22nd season at the helm of the Holy Cross women's basketball program, is the winningest coach in Holy Cross basketball history and the second winningest coach in Holy Cross Athletics history, behind former baseball coach Jack Barry (616-150). Gibbons has led the Crusaders to 10 Patriot League Championships in the last 16 years and 12 postseason appearances (11 NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT) in his 21 years as head coach.
In 2003, Gibbons was inducted into the New England College Basketball Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island. He currently ranks 34th on the list of winningest active Division I coaches (by percent) and 36th by number of wins, according to the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Record Book.
Each of the accomplished coaches will be recognized during the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA National Coach of the Year Luncheon presented by AstraZeneca at 12:00 p.m. (ET) in the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom in Boston, Mass. This event is part of the 2006 WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. This year the WBCA celebrates it's Silver Anniversary, marking 25 years of existence.