ATLANTA, Ga. – Nevada head women’s basketball coach Jane Albright has been selected to receive the 2014 Carol Eckman Award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Monday.
“I am very humbled to be the recipient of this meaningful award,” Albright said. “There are so many great people in women’s basketball who have worked to advance this game and I am thankful to have been a part of it. I have been blessed with countless relationships over my 37-year career and am thankful for each of them and the joy they have brought to my life.”
The Carol Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA member coach who exemplifies Eckman's spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose. The award is named in honor of the late Carol Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach, who is considered the "Mother of the Women's Collegiate Basketball Championship." Eckman organized the first women's basketball championship at West Chester in 1969 and continued to garner recognition and support for the women's game until her death from cancer in 1985.
"Congratulations to longtime friend Jane Albright on being selected as the Carol Eckman Award recipient; you personify all the wonderful qualities of the late Carol Eckman," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Your commitment to women's basketball has been exceptional. You have done an astounding job in encouraging young women to have a deeper appreciation for the game and you have done it ethically in every way."
With stops at Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Wichita State and now Nevada, Albright is in the midst of her 30th overall season, and is closing in on 500 wins in her career. Over the years she has guided her teams to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and five Women’s National Invitational Tournaments (WNIT). Albright ranks as the winningest coach in school history at both Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
Following her first year at Nevada, Albright was honored by the WBCA with the Kay Yow "Heart of a Coach" award, exemplifying her biblical principles over the course of her career. The award is presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which Albright currently serves on the local Board of Directors.
During her tenure with the Wolf Pack, Albright established herself early on as the winningest first-year coach in Nevada history. She also led the Pack to a school-record 22 wins in the 2010-11 season. Additionally, Albright coached Nevada’s first-ever WNBA draft pick in Tahnee Robinson ’11.
Albright will be formally recognized at this year’s WBCA Awards Show. The fourth annual event will be held April 7 at 5:30 p.m. CT in Nashville, Tenn. as part of the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.