ST. LOUIS – Nevada head women’s basketball coach Jane Albright was honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) with the Kay Yow “Heart of Coach Award” at the Women’s Final Four in St. Louis on Sunday, April 5.
Albright, who just completed her 25th year of collegiate coaching, was recognized for her work with FCA during her collegiate coaching career. The award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career.
The award is named after former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow who was presented with the inaugural Kay Yow “Heart of a Coach Award” at the Final Four in 2008. Yow passed away on January 24, 2009 after battling breast cancer since 1987.
"Receiving this award is truly special to me,” Albright said. “Kay Yow was my mentor and friend. I will continue to coach in the way she believed in and I am grateful to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for deeming me worthy of such recognition. The award unites the Wolfpack with the Wolf Pack, and Kay would enjoy that.”
Albright, who just completed her first year at Nevada, led Nevada to its first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent beating then #7/8 and national runner-up Louisville, 85-82. She also led the Pack to its first-ever appearance in the final game of the WAC Tournament and recorded her 400th career win during the season.
Off the court, Albright has made a dramatic impact on countless student-athletes and coaches. She is a long-time volunteer for FCA and other ministries, speaking at banquets, Huddle Groups and retreats. In 2001, she was inducted into FCA’s Hall of Champions and was a member of the FCA National Board of Trustees from 2002-2008.