Ryun Williams named WBCA regional coach of the year

Head Coach Ryun Williams instructing Freshman gaurd Caitlin Duffy (33) at practice in Moby Arena on Tuesday. The Rams prepare to take on Colorado tomorrow at Boulder.
Head Coach Ryun Williams instructing Freshman gaurd Caitlin Duffy (33) at practice in Moby Arena.

Turns out, being named the Mountain West Coach of the Year wasn’t the end of it.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday that Colorado State head coach Ryun Williams had been named Region 7 Coach of the Year.

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Williams is among seven others who are all now in the running for the Pat Summitt Trophy, the award given to the national coach of the year which will be announced April 7.

In just his second year at the helm of the CSU women’s basketball program, Williams improved an 11-19 record posted in his first campaign into a 25-8 finish in the 2013-14 season. That turnaround ranks third-best in the country in term of winning percentage among 20-plus win teams.

Their successful season led the Rams to the WNIT, their first postseason appearance in 10 years.

Finalists for 2014 Pat Summitt Trophy:

Region 1: Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut

Region 2: Muffett McGraw, University of Notre Dame

Region 3: Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina-Columbia

Region 4: Jennifer Roos, Bowling Green State University

Region 5: Kim Mulkey, Baylor University

Region 6: Curt Miller, Indiana University

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Region 7: Ryun Williams, Colorado State University

Region 8: Scott Rueck, Oregon State University