WBCA Names Shibles Coach of the Year, Kelly Named All-American

Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com
Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com

SALEM, Va. – Bowdoin College head coach Adrienne Shibles was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year and senior guard Abby Kelly was named First Team WBCA All-American in awards announced at the national championship banquet Thursday evening at Roanoke College.

Shibles was named the  2019 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Polar Bears to just the second perfect regular season in school history and second "Final Four" appearance in a row. Bowdoin was ranked number on in the D3hoops.com and WBCA Division III polls for the majority of the season and, in January, became the winningest head coach in program history. The Polar Bears tied a school record for wins in 2018-19 and enter the Final Four with a 30-1 mark. Shibles has posted an overall record of 253-64 at Bowdoin (.798).

Already named the 2018-19 NESCAC, D3hoops.com Northeast Region and NEWBA Coach of the Year, Shibles is the eighth Bowdoin coach to earn a National Coach of the Year award, joining Nicky Pearson (field hockey, 2007, '08, '10, '13), Sidney Watson (men's ice hockey, 1971, '78), Terry Meagher (men's ice hockey 1986, '89), John Cullen (women's soccer, 1992), Michele Amidon (women's ice hockey, 2003), Stefanie Pemper (women's basketball, 2004) and Conor Smith (men's tennis, 2016). 

Shibles will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year in each of the WBCA's six membership divisions, during the 2019 WBCA Convention, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Abby Kelly (Bombay, N.Y.) capped a sensational senior campaign to become Bowdoin's sixth First Team WBCA All-American, joining Amy Harper (1985), Lora Trenkle (2004), Eileen Flaherty (2006, '07), Shannon Brady (2015) and Kate Kerrigan (2018). The NESCAC and D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year, Kelly leads Bowdoin at 14.8 points per game, ranking in the top ten in the NESCAC in points, three-pointers, field goal percentage and steals. She saw double-figures in 27 of 31 games and surpassed 1,000-point mark on Jan. 19 vs. Colby. Entering the national semifinals, her 1,224 points rank seventh at Bowdoin and her 139 three-pointers are fifth in program history.

Bowdoin will face St. Thomas in the NCAA semifinals on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m.