Joni Taylor Named Women’s Basketball Newcomer Coach of the Year

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Joni Taylor Named Women’s Basketball Newcomer Coach of the Year

Joni Taylor
Joni Taylor
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Georgia Lady Bulldog head coach Joni Taylor added to her 2015-16 accolades by earning the AAE Women’s Basketball Newcomer Coach of the Year Award, the AAE announced on Sunday.
Taylor was honored in Indianapolis during the AAE’s membership meeting, which is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
The latest honor adds to a long list of accomplishment’s for Georgia’s first-year head coach. Taylor was named the 2016 Maggie Dixon NCAA National Rookie Coach of the Year, was selected as the 2016 Whack Hyder Georgia College Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and was recently honored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as a 2016 Celebration of Women Honoree.

“I am surrounded by such great people who all helped make this past season a success at the University of Georgia,” Taylor said. “It truly is an honor to be named the Newcomer Coach of The Year by such a prestigious organization like the Advocates for Athletic Equity. I cannot thank them enough for this award and all they do for our great game.”

Taylor led the Lady Bulldogs to a 20-win season that was highlighted by five wins against ranked opponents and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Among the 64-team tournament field, Taylor was the only first-year head coach to lead her team to the ‘Big Dance.’
More About Advocates for Athletic Equity (AAE)
Advocates for Athletic Equity’s mission is to advocate and promote ethnic minority coaches for positions of leadership at all levels of sport.
Through events, programming, professional development, mentoring and networking the AAE will work to increase the number of ethnic minority head coaches in the coaching industry and strive to make a difference for its membership and for future generations who want to pursue careers in coaching.

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