New Bowling Green State University women's basketball coach Robyn Fralick
has been named the Columbus Dispatch Ohio Women's Basketball Coach of the Year. Fralick earns the honor for the third-straight season. Phrased another way, Fralick has been named the Dispatch's Ohio Coach of the Year in every year that she has been a head coach.
Fralick, the architect of the two greatest offensive seasons in NCAA Division II women's basketball history, came to BGSU earlier this month after 10 seasons at Ashland University, the last three as head coach.
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Fralick has a head-coaching record of 104-3, for an incredible winning percentage of .972. The Eagles won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2016-17 before returning to the national championship game and earning a runner-up finish in '17-18. Fralick's winning percentage is the best in NCAA history at any level (minimum of 100 games coached).
According to the Dispatch article, coaches across the state were asked to vote for three coaches, but one coach wrote "Fralick really is the only choice" on the nomination ballot.
Fralick was named the 2018 United States Marine Corps/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
Ashland finished the 2017-18 season with a 36-1 record. The Eagles scored 3,644 points this season, the highest single-season total in the history of NCAA women's basketball, regardless of division. AU won 73 consecutive games, the longest streak in NCAA Division II history, before a loss in the national title game.
The Eagles posted a perfect 20-0 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for the second-straight season. Fralick earned GLIAC Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2017-18.
The success of the 2017-18 season came on the heels of a 2016-17 campaign that was one of the most impressive in women's basketball history. The '16-17 season saw Fralick guide Ashland to the first 37-0 record in the history of Division II women's basketball, and the program's second national championship. Ashland scored the most points in a season in D-II women's hoops history at 3,456, a record broken by the 2017-18 Eagles.
After the season, Fralick was named Coach of the Year by the WBCA, the NCAA Division II Basketball Bulletin and the GLIAC. And, of course, she was voted the Columbus Dispatch Ohio C-O-Y
In 2015-16, Fralick's first year at the helm, Ashland went 31-2, hosted the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional tournament, and won the GLIAC Tournament, GLIAC regular season and GLIAC South Division championships. AU finished the season ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 coaches' poll. Fralick earned both GLIAC and Columbus Dispatch Ohio Women's Basketball Coach of the Year honors for her efforts as a rookie head coach.
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