Gaels' Wilson wins national coaching award

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Dave Wilson of Queen’s University has been named coach of the year in U Sports women’s basketball.


The announcement was made Wednesday night at the U Sports women’s basketball awards ceremony in Victoria, site of this year’s championship tournament.

Wilson is the first Queen’s coach to win the Peter Ennis Award since the trophy was first presented following the 1977-78 season.

In his 35th year as head coach, Wilson led the Gaels to an 18-1 regular-season record and a silver medal in the Ontario University Athletics championship tournament, hosted by Queen’s last weekend.

Wilson’s Gaels, who were ranked as high as No. 3 in the country at one point, were one of the best defensive teams in the country, averaging a national-best 12.4 steals per game while limiting opponents to a 23.5 per cent shooting success from 3-point range — the second-best mark in the country.

A four-time recipient of the OUA coach-of-the-year award, Wilson has 352 career victories heading into the championship tournament, which tips off Thursday.

“Queen’s University is extremely proud of Dave Wilson and the contributions he has made to the University andn women’s basketball,” said Jeff Downie, Queen’s acting executive director, Athletics and Recreation, said in a release. “Dave continues to push his program and players to be at their best not only on the court but in the classroom as well. The entire coaching staff and players are a source of great pride and inspiration for all at Queen’s.”

The other nominees for coach of the year were Guillaume Giroux of Laval, Tanya McKay of Winnipeg and Scott Munro of Saint Mary’s.

The Gaels, seeded No. 3 in the eight-team national championship, play No. 6 Cape Breton at 3 p.m. EST Thursday.

A victory would put the Gaels into a semifinal game Saturday against the winner of Thursday’s quarter-final between No. 2 Saskatchewan and No. 7 Laval.

A loss Thursday would relegate the Gaels to a consolation quarter-final game Friday against the loser of the Saskatchewan-Laval game.

– The Whig-Standard