Sunday Supplement Surprise!
On her personal blog, ESPN.com sportswriter Mechelle Voepel discloses today that her vote for Coach of the Year goes to . . . drumroll please . . . Brenda Frese! Here's Mechelle's explanation:
Yes, [Coach Frese] has two great players in Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver. But she also has incorporated a freshman and a junior-college transfer as starters, replacing stars Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper.
Frese’s team doesn’t have a lot of depth, and she’s had to nurture, teach and encourage younger players. The Terps tied for the regular-season ACC title with Florida State and then won the ACC tournament. They have locked up an NCAA No. 1 seed. Did many people expect that from them when the season started?
As Mechelle reminds her readers, she had ranked the Terps Number 12 (!) in her preseason poll. With Maryland having far exceeded Mechelle's expectations for this season, Mechelle (quite sensibly) credits Coach B! Mechelle Voepel watches a lot of basketball, and there are many great coaches for whom she could have voted, so this is high praise coming from Mechelle. Congratulations, Coach B!
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