Maryland's Brenda Frese Named AP Women's Coach of the Year
By admin - March 31, 2021

Maryland’s coach Brenda Frese has done it again with The Associated Press honoring her with the AP women’s basketball coach of the year for the second time. It’s an exciting time for women’s basketball and this just goes to show the sky’s the limit. Here are the highlights: 

  • Frese beat out the top picks Tara VanDerveer and Wes Moore by getting 8 votes from the national media panel.  
  • Frese previously won AP coach of the year during her tenure at Minnesota. She mentions that it’s a special moment for her and she won’t forget it. 
  • Furthermore, she says during the pandemic it felt like more of a triumph because “No one had Maryland doing anything after the graduation and losses of all five starters last year.”
  • Frese felt honored to be one amongst just a few other elite coaches who have won this award multiple times, such as Geno Auriemma, Muffet McGraw, and Kim Mulkey.
  • The moment was even sweeter when her father Bill, who’s 89 and battle prostate cancer, was the one to present the news to her of the achievement. She said not only was there no better way than her father giving her the news but the fact her family was on the Zoom check-in completely blew her away. 
  • This season was an escape from the reality her family was facing going through everything.
  • One of the standout memories of the year was giving her father the whole net after winning the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. It was the first time Bill was able to travel due to the pandemic, which made the day even more special.