WHoopDirt.com 2020-21 NCAA D1 Coach of the Year presented by Pivot Analysis

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2021

University of Arizona Head Women’s Basketball Coach Adia Barnes has been named as the WHoopDirt.com NCAA D1 Coach of the Year presented by Pivot Analysis for the 2020-21 college basketball season. Barnes qualified for the award by being named as the WHoopDirt.com/Pivot Analysis Coach of the Week for Week 2 of the season.

Coach Barnes led Arizona on a historic run this season, culminating in the program’s first-ever National Championship Game appearance. The Wildcats went 21-6 (13-4 Pac-12) on the season, surpassing the 20-win mark for the third time in Barnes’ five seasons with the program. Arizona was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation this year – the highest ranking in school history – and was rewarded with its first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2005 season, though it would have qualified had there been an NCAA Tournament last year.

Arizona advanced past the Sweet 16 for the first time ever this season. The Wildcats’ win over UConn in the Final Four marked the first time the program had ever beaten a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They almost replicated the feat just two days later, coming up a basket shy of a National Championship victory over No. 1 Stanford.

In her five seasons leading her alma mater, Coach Barnes has amassed 89 wins, the most of any coach through their first five seasons in program history. This year, Barnes was named a finalist for the WBCA Coach of the Year award, and a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award. She holds a career record of 89-66 (.574).

The complete list of previous Coach of the Year winners as well as this year’s Coach of the Week recipients can be found below.

2019-20 WHoopDirt.com / Pivot Analysis Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

  • 2020-21: Adia Barnes – University of Arizona
  • 2019-20: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina

Division II

Division III



  • 2020-21: TBA
  • 2019-20: Cayla Petree – South Plains College (TX)

2020-21 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Mike Carey – West Virginia University
NCAA DII: Nate Vogel – Texas A&M International University
NCAA DIII: No week 1 winner awarded
NAIA: Jessie Biggs – Indiana Institute of Technology
JUCO: No week 1 winner awarded

Week 2

NCAA DI: Adia Barnes – University of Arizona
NCAA DII: Jason Williams – Belmont Abbey College (NC)
NCAA DIII: Blake Arbogast – East Texas Baptist University
NAIA: Krista Van Hauen – St. Ambrose University (IA)
JUCO: No week 2 winner awarded

Week 3

NCAA DI: Amy Vachon – University of Maine
NCAA DII: Lora Westling – Western Colorado University
NCAA DIII: Polly Thomason – University of Texas Dallas
NAIA: Megan Leuzinger – Evangel University (MO)
JUCO: No week 3 winner awarded

Week 4

NCAA DI: Aaron Johnston – South Dakota State University
NCAA DII: Tanya Haave – Metropolitan State University of Denver
NCAA DIII: No week 4 winner awarded
NAIA: Ginger High Colvin – Campbellsville University (KY)
JUCO: No week 4 winner awarded

Week 5

NCAA DI: Tara VanDerveer – Stanford University
NCAA DII: No winner – mandatory DII winter break
NCAA DIII: No week 5 winner awarded
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University (KY)
JUCO: No week 5 winner awarded

Week 6

NCAA DI: Kyra Elzy – University of Kentucky
NCAA DII: No week 6 winner awarded
NCAA DIII: Cassi Rozanski – LeTourneau University (TX)
NAIA: Grady Morrell – Webber International University (FL)
JUCO: No week 6 winner awarded

Week 7

NCAA DI: Seton Sobolewski – Idaho State University
NCAA DII: Carrie Eighney  – University of Nebraska Kearney
NCAA DIII: No week 7 winner awarded
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University (IA)
JUCO: No week 7 winner awarded

Week 8

NCAA DI: Bill Fennelly  – Iowa State University
NCAA DII: Meagan Price – Tusculum University (TN)
NCAA DIII: Rodney Rogan – Rhodes College (TN)
NAIA: Jamie Sale – Morningside College (IA)
JUCO: No week 7 winner awarded

Week 9

NCAA DI: Jeff Walz – University of Louisville
NCAA DII: Kim Stephens – Glenville State College (WVa)
NCAA DIII: Katherine Menendez – Colorado College
NAIA: Katie Gearlds – Marian University (IN)
JUCO: Chad Gibney – Western Nebraska CC

Week 10

NCAA DI: Lisa Fortier – Gonzaga University
NCAA DII: Kari Hoffman – Cedarville University (OH)
NCAA DIII: Beth Andrews – John Carroll University (OH)
NAIA: Kellie Kennedy – Loyola University – New Orleans
JUCO: Mercedes Corona – Arkansas State University Mid-South

Week 11

NCAA DI: Jarrod Olson – Cal Baptist University
NCAA DII: Toby Winn – Emporia State University (KS)
NCAA DIII: Brian Morehouse – Hope College (MI)
NAIA: Ericka Stuckman – University of Mobile (AL)
JUCO: Karrie Redeker – Illinois Central College

Week 12

NCAA DI: Geno Auriemma – UConn
NCAA DII: Jasmina Perazic – Georgian Court University (NJ)
NCAA DIII: Kent Madsen – Wheaton College (IL)
NAIA: K.C. Bassett – Sterling College (KS)
JUCO: Jim Turgeon – Independence College (KS)

Week 13

NCAA DI: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson – Central Florida
NCAA DII: Emma Andrews – Cameron University (OK)
NCAA DIII: Darrin Travillian – Maryville College (TN)
NAIA: Kirsten Moore – Westmont College (CA)
JUCO: Mike Russell – Snow College (UT)

Week 14

NCAA DI: Ronald Hughey – University of Houston
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University
NCAA DIII: Karin Harvey – Montclair State University (NJ)
NAIA: Tim Hays – Southeastern University (FL)
JUCO: Greg Franklin – Chipola College (FL)

Week 15

NCAA DI: Mark Kellogg – Stephen F. Austin
NCAA DII: Buffie Burson – University of North Georgia
NCAA DIII: Brian Niemuth – Simpson College (IA)
NAIA: Tracy Stewart-Lange – Lyon College (AR)
JUCO: Missy Bilderback – Jones College (MS)

Week 16

NCAA DI: Gerald Mattinson – University of Wyoming
NCAA DII: Kevin Clifford – Roberts Wesleyan College (NY)
NCAA DIII: Travis Ponton – Bryn Athyn College (PA)
NAIA: Amanda Short – Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)
JUCO: Taylor Harris – Miles CC (MT)

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