Times West Virginian
West Virginia women’s basketball Mike Carey has finally beaten Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma.
It wasn’t on the court, but Carey will take it, earning runner up honors as the Associated Press Women’s Coach of the Year.
Carey was beaten out for the honor by Notre Dame Coach Muffett McGraw, who coached Notre Dame to the NCAA Finals which were played Tuesday night against Auriemma’s Huskies in a battle of unbeaten.
But he has beaten McGraw before three times.
It’s Auriemma who he never could beat, going 0-14 against the Huskies before leaving the Big East. WVU, in fact, stands 1-24 against UConn, the only victory coming in the first meeting between the two teams in 1982.
McGraw won the award with 17 votes while Carey finished second with eight, two ahead of Auriemma.
Carey led the Mountaineers to a school record 30 victories this season while sharing the Big 12 regular season championship with Baylor. His team was defeated by Baylor in the Big 12 Conference Tournament final and then upset as a No. 2 seed in the Louisville Regional of the NCAA Tournament when blowing a lead late and losing to LSU on the Tigers’ home court in Baton Rouge, La.
It was WVU’s fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I was really proud of the way the team pulled together, and the season that we had,” coach Carey said. “It always feels good to know that your hard work is recognized, but at the end of the day, it is our players who deserve the credit.”
Carey holds a 562-248 all-time coaching record, including a 274-146 record at the helm of WVU’s program since taking over a troubled program in 2002. He holds the highest winning percentage (65.2%) in women’s basketball program history at WVU and reached 200 wins the fastest.