May 12, 2010
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches has named Lamar standout point guard Jenna Plumley as its Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Lady Cardinals head coach Larry Tidwell as its Division I Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
Plumley and Tidwell will be honored Saturday during the association's annual clinic in San Antonio. The association is the largest state basketball association in the nation, with an enrollment of more than 4,500 members. Tidwell is scheduled to be one of the featured speakers at the clinic.
Plumley, who was named the Southland Conference's Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, was among the national leaders in 3-pointers, assists and steals.
"You would have to look across the entire country to find a player who had a better year than Jenna," Tidwell said. "To be ranked in the Top 25 in three NCAA stat categories is an amazing year, and to lead our team to a Southland Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance speaks volumes of her work ethic and passion to be the absolute best."
Tidwell guided the Lady Cardinals to a 26-8 record this season, the second-most wins in school history. In his three years at Lamar, Tidwell has posted a 65-32 record. Tidwell has had a winning record in each of his three campaigns at Lamar. Prior to his arrival, Lamar had not had a winning record since the 1994-95 season.
"To be recognized by your peers across the state of Texas is very humbling," Tidwell said. "And to be honored by an organization that I truly believe in, have been active in and continue to support makes it even more meaningful to our team, our coaching staff, myself and Lamar University."