Former conference foes meet again
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Six sports set records and 11 improve their scores from last year.
Jane Albright, Danika Sharp, Terilyn Moe and Mimi Mungedi talk to the media following the Wolf Pack's win over Cal State Fullerton.
Jane Albright, Danika Sharp and Arielle Wideman talk to the media following the Wolf Pack's loss to San Francisco State.
Jane Albright, Amanda Johnson, Kate Kevorken and Kayla Williams talk to the media following the Wolf Pack's won over Louisiana Tech on March 3, 2012.
Jane Albright, Kate Kevorken and Kayla Williams talk to the media following the Wolf Pack's win over New Mexico State.
Jane Albright, Channelle Brennan and Kayla Williams talk to the media following the Wolf pack's loss to Fresno State.
Nevada vs. Fresno State - MW Championships semifinal
Jane Albright is in the midst of her sixth season as head coach of the Nevada women's basketball team, and her 30th overall season. During her tenure at Nevada, Albright has experienced a few personal milestones, but has led the Wolf Pack to even more.
After a couple of rebuilding seasons, Albright's 2013-14 Wolf Pack posted an 18-win campaign and compiled 12 victories in the Mountain West, setting a program record for most conference wins in a single-season. The team also set a program record for free throws made (529) and free throws attempted (760), among registering its highest scoring average (71.5 ppg) since the 1985-86 season.
Thanks to an 8-2 run in the final 10 games of the regular season, the Pack secured the No. 3 seed for the Mountain West Championships, and reached the semifinals round of the tournament. Albright coached three members of the 2013-14 squad to all-conference honors, including the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Mimi Mungedi. Following the season, Albright received the 2014 Carol Eckman Award presented by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) at the NCAA Women's Final Four. The 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.
She became the program's all-time winningest first-year head coach finishing the 2008-09 season with an 18-14 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Pack made the program's first-ever appearance in the final of the WAC Tournament after tying the program record for highest-seed earned in the tournament with a No. 3 seed. The Pack also recorded a program-best start to conference play, opening 7-0. Albright led the team to a defeat of No. 7 Louisville to win the championship of the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic in Reno, the program's first-ever defeat of a nationally-ranked opponent.
Additionally during her first year at Nevada, she coached the WAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, the WAC Defensive Player of the Year, an All-WAC first team honoree, the Ruth Russell Award winner for the top, senior, female student-athlete at Nevada, five academic All-WAC honorees and a regional finalist for the NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches' All-America team. After the season, Albright was honored at the Final Four by the WBCA with the Kay Yow "Heart of a Coach Award" which is presented annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career.
Her second year at the helm had a similar feel to her first season. She coached a young squad in 2009-10 to an 18-14 overall, 10-6 WAC record and a third place league finish. Nevada once again earned the third seed for the WAC Tournament and an automatic bid to face Wyoming in the WNIT, only the second postseason appearance in the Pack's history.
In 2010-11, Albright guided Nevada to its first 20-win season in program history, finishing 22-11. The 2010-11 squad accomplished the feat with benchmark wins over NC State and San Diego State at the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic, followed by home wins over Arizona, BYU and Louisiana Tech. Albright's strong coaching earned the team a postseason WNIT bid in which the team defeated St. Mary's to record its first-ever WNIT victory. The 2010-11 team set program records for points (2,228) and rebounds (1,364) in a single-season, as well.
She picked up her 400th career win on Nov. 28, 2008 when Nevada defeated Northern Iowa and is just 13 victories shy of 500. Albright's 90 victories at the helm of Nevada ranks her second all-time in the Wolf Pack record books. During her six-year tenure at Nevada, Albright has coached three all-conference Defensive Player of the Years, four All-WAC first team selections, a WAC Newcomer of the Year, two all-conference second team honorees, two All-Mountain West honorable mentions and a regional finalist for the NCAA Division I State Farm All-America Team.
As the team's performance has steadily improved over the last few seasons, Nevada's attendance has as well. The Wolf Pack has averaged over 1,000 fans per game the last six seasons and its inaugural matchup against Grand Canyon in 2013 set a school record with 4,307 fans packing Lawlor Events Center. A majority of the top-10 crowds ever to attend a Nevada home game have occurred since 2009. In the six years before Albright's arrival, Nevada averaged just 730 fans per game at home. While she has shown a tremendous amount of success on the court, Albright is also dedicated to developing the character of her student-athletes as people off the court.
Jane Albright's coaching philosophy centers around a three-sided effort to make each student-athlete's experience at Nevada one that will leave a lasting impression long after graduation. A student-athlete's development must first focus on themselves as a person, second as a student and third as an athlete. A big part of this development is based on not only a commitment to oneself, but in reaching out to serve the community as well. The women's basketball team is one of the most active of the Wolf Pack teams in supporting the community. In 2009-10 alone, the Nevada women's basketball team logged more than 530 hours of community service.
Immediately prior to her tenure at Nevada, Albright served as the head coach at Wichita State for five seasons. While at Wichita, Albright signed and coached the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. Her teams ranked in the top-60 nationally in attendance and turned in the top-two single-game crowds in the MVC in her final two seasons. They also excelled in the classroom and the community, turning in the second-highest team GPA in school history and averaging over 450 hours of community service per year.
Perhaps what Albright is best known for is the tremendous success she had in turning around the program at the University of Wisconsin. The winningest coach in Badger history with a 161-107 record (.600) from 1994-2003, Albright led Wisconsin to seven postseason appearances in nine seasons, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In 1998-99 her team finished as the WNIT runner-up, and followed that up by winning the WNIT title the very next season. Prior to her arrival in Madison, the program had experienced losing seasons in nine of the previous 10 seasons. Albright led the Badgers to eight consecutive winning seasons, including four 20-win campaigns. Her squads averaged 19.2 wins per year in those eight seasons, including three years with 21 victories, which matched the school record for single-season wins. Wisconsin had won 20 games in a season just twice prior to her arrival. Albright was responsible for six of the best 10 seasons in Wisconsin history, and she is also credited with helping Wisconsin rank in the top-10 in home attendance nationally in every year from 1995-2003.
Albright led her first Badger team to a 20-9 record and was named the 1995 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for her efforts. The team set the school record for winning percentage with a 21-8 record in 1995-96. She led the Badgers to a 16-1 start and the highest national ranking in school history in 2001-02 (No. 5 in the Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches' poll). She also coached 41 Academic All-Big Ten selections in her nine years at Wisconsin, the most of any school during that period.
Albright's first collegiate head coaching job came at Northern Illinois where she served at the helm of the women's basketball program for 10 seasons. The winningest coach in Northern Illinois history with a 188-110 record from 1984-94, Albright's Huskie squads turned in five 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament bids.
Northern Illinois also won three conference championships and had three runner-up finishes during her tenure. In addition to her collegiate success, Albright served as the head coach of USA Basketball's gold medal-winning Jones Cup team in 1996. She was an assistant coach on USA Basketball's Junior National team in 1992 and led the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival South team to a gold medal.
Albright began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant for Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee from 1981-83. She assisted with UT's first NCAA Final Four team in 1982. After Tennessee, she spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati in 1983-84 before earning her first opportunity as a head coach.
Albright's Honors & Accomplishments:
What They Are Saying About Jane Albright:
- Pat Summitt - Former Head Women's Basketball Coach - University of Tennessee
- Beth Bass - Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
- Deb Patterson - Former Head Women's Basketball Coach - Kansas State University
- Sue Semrau - Head Women's Basketball Coach - Florida State University