Arlington, VA - After nearly 27 seasons and 548 victories (and
counting), Marymount head women's basketball coach and athletic
director, Bill Finney, announced his plans to retire in August.
Finney, whose teams have averaged more than 20 wins per year for
each of his 27 seasons with the NCAA Division IIII school, will
end his coaching some time in the next one or two months, depending
how deep his team plays in the post-season. The Saints currently
are posting a 23-1 record and are ranked nationally #7 in two national
Finney, who was one of the founders of the Capital Athletic Conference
in 1990, saw his teams dominate the early years of the conference.
In fact, the Saints won the first seven CAC titles and have won
10 of the 19 championships in women's basketball.
He is a four-time conference coach of the year, a one-time regional
coach of the year and coming into the 2009-10 season, is ranked
38th among all active NCAA coaches (Divisions I, II and III) in
number of victories with 525. His winning percentage is .733. Among
Division III coaches, he was in tenth place coming into this season
for victories among active coaches, and 11 th place among all DIII
Finney has led his teams to 15 NCAA post-season tournaments, including
in 2009 and 2008. His highest finish was a Final Four in 2002. In
addition to that there was one other Elite 8 finish and six other
Sweet 16 finishes in the Saints' appearances.
Marymount University President James E. Bundschuh says, "Bill
Finney is an incredibly effective athletic director and coach. But
even more important, he is an outstanding mentor, role model, and
inspiration for our student-athletes. Bill cares deeply about each
individual's growth and success in athletics, in academics, and
in the attainment of personal character."
He has coached one National Player of the Year in Cori Carson and
ten first team and honorable mention All Americans. And his teams
have been as solid in the classroom as they have been on the court.
The grade point average for his teams has been above a 3.0 for each
of the past 12 consecutive semesters.
Back in the early 90s, Finney's teams played a "run and gun"
style where the goal was to get a shot off in 10 seconds or less.
The 1993 and 1994 teams each won National Scoring Titles - with
the highest points-per-game average among Division III schools.
The 1993 team hit for 92.4 points per contest and the 1994 team
averaged 89.4 points per game. And the 1993 team still holds the
NCAA Division III record for the most consecutive games with at
least 100 points, which is five games.
Now the focus is more on defense. This current team is holding
its opponents to 46.8 points per game - third best in the nation
and more than seven points better than any previous MU team.
His players and teams can be found among the NCAA record book, including
a 48-game home winning streak which is seventh among DIII schools
and as the 13 th highest winning percentage team (.733) and one
of only three players with multiple "triple-doubles" -
Cori Carson in 1997 (points, rebounds and blocks).
Finney was the driving force for the Marymount Athletics Hall of
Fame which began in 2006. Six of his former players have been inducted
thus far including Debbie Clise, '88; Jessica Turgon, '97; Mary
Gardiner, '85; Karen Still, '94; Candice Brown, '02; and, Marlene
Finney has always prided himself as a teacher of the game. He gains
a lot of satisfaction in seeing his former players follow him into
coaching. Currently, he has two players who are head coaches at
Division III programs - Candice Brown at Vassar College and Ashlee
Courter at Franklin & Marshall College.
Both of his assistants this year, CK Calhoun and Stephanie Witko,
are former players and two others are assisting at other programs
- Randi Jones at Eastern Mennonite and Carolyn Riley, as a grad
assistant at VCU. Many others have had their hands in coaching youth,
high school and college programs.
He also has been the director of athletics since 1989 where he
oversees 12 sports (six men and six women's teams). During his tenure
he has overseen the introduction of women's lacrosse, men's golf,
and men and women's cross country to the campus.
The school will begin an immediate national search for his replacements
at both positions, according to Chris Domes, the vice president
for student development and enrollment management at the Arlington