American University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Megan Gebbia has been named a finalist for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, the WBCA announced on Monday.
Gebbia became the winningest first year head coach in program history during the 2013-2014 campaign. She led American to a 22-10 mark and its first-ever postseason at-large berth, with the Eagles earning a bid to the WNIT. American finished tied for second in the Patriot League regular season, registering a 14-4 mark in conference play and advancing to the conference semifinals.
Gebbia made an immediate impact on the Eagles’ play, taking over a team that ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense a year ago to fifth in the nation this season. She helped develop three All-Patriot League selections, including Jen Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman who earned their first career All-Conference honors. American had 11 players ranked in the top 10 in the conference’s statistical categories and seven ranking in the top five, including Michelle Holmes who set a new program record for single-season field goal percentage (.643).
Gebbia is one of five finalists for the honor. The Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year award is presented in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, former Army head coach, whose success during her inaugural year at the Army helm was remarkable. The Black Knights won the Patriot League title in 2006 and Dixon was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading Army to the NCAA Tournament for the first time at the NCAA Division I level. Coach Dixon passed away on April 6, 2006, just a few weeks following the Black Knights’ appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award will be presented during the 2014 WBCA Awards Show on Monday, Apr. 7 in Nashville, Tenn.