Columbia, Mo. - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today the 2017 Assistant Coaches of the Year in all six WBCA membership divisions. For his efforts this past season, Columbia College women's assistant basketball coach, Taylor Possail, was named this year's 2017 WBCA NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year. The WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year award is presented to one associate head coach or assistant coach in each membership division who demonstrates commitment to their pro... [read more]
Columbia, Mo. - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today the 2017 Assistant Coaches of the Year in all six WBCA membership divisions. For his efforts this past season, Columbia College women's assistant basketball coach, Taylor Possail, was named this year's 2017 WBCA NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year.
The WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year award is presented to one associate head coach or assistant coach in each membership division who demonstrates commitment to their program, their student-athletes and their head coach; their impact coaching on court; their mentorship and impact on other coaches; and their professional manner and attitude.
"The role of an assistant coach is vital in reinforcing a positive student-athlete environment with encouragement, excellence, structure, security, support and integrity. The WBCA is proud to honor these individuals as our assistant coaches of the year in their respective divisions of membership," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each coach was selected by vote of their peers, and the WBCA celebrates and applauds their lasting commitment to use our game as a platform to positively impact their student-athletes, institutions and communities."
In three seasons with the Cougars, Possail has gathered a 75-23 record. This year's 26-6 record punched Columbia's ticket into the NAIA National Tournament. Possail has helped coach three NAIA All-American award winners, seven All-Conference players, 14 AMC Academic All-Conference players and four NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
"Taylor is a tremendous asset to our team and our school. He works tirelessly to meet the demands of our program while continuing to grow his own skill set as a coach," said Columbia College head coach Jessica Keller. "Taylor's influence can be found in all of the success that our team has experienced on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. I am forever thankful that he and his fiance chose to invest in Columbia College, and for all of the sacrifices they continue to make for our team. I cannot think of a better assistant, friend, or more deserving recipient of this award."
Not only has Possail's hard work caught the attention of the head coach, his players also recognize the time and commitment he has given to this program. "To play for Coach P is awesome," said Columbia College sophomore forward and second team all-conference selection Morgan Brandt. "He brings so much energy and enthusiasm to each practice which makes every day fun. He's the type of coach who is always cracking jokes and making us girls laugh. Coach P is very deserving of this award and I am very happy for him that all his hard work paid off."
The Assistant Coach of the Year award originated in 2016 and is presented annually. Visit https://wbca.org/recognize to see a list of past recipients of the award.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.
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