Arizona Basketball

Former UA coach Bonvicini named as finalist for Women’s Basketball Hall

Former Arizona women’s basketball head coach Joan Bonvicini has been named one of the 12 finalists for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The six-member class of 2017 will be announced on Feb. 12, 2017.

Former UA coach Joan Bonvicini on Women’s Hoops Hall finalist list.

Bonvicini had 701 career victories (287 at Arizona) and was the 17th coach to do so in her 37-year career. She had a career record of 701-421 (62.5 percent). Bonvicini is Arizona’s winningest head coach as she led the Wildcats to eight 20-win seasons and led Arizona to a shared Pac-10 title in 2004. In her 12 years at Arizona, she led Arizona to seven postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournament berths.

Away from Arizona, Bonvicini was named the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball coach of the year while at Long Beach State in 1981. During that season, she led Long Beach State to a 27-7 record. In her 17 seasons at Long Beach State, Bonvicini had a record of 325-71 as head coach from 1779 to 1991.

Additionally, she led Team USA to a silver medal in the Jones Cup in 1982 and a bronze medal in the 1993 World University Games. Bonvicini was the head coach for both teams.

This information was provided by the University of Arizona Sports Communication Office.

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