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The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) selected Hofstra University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey as the recipient of the inaugural Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Award. This distinguished award honors a first-year WBCA Division I head coach who has led his or her team to a successful season.
“I am honored to receive an award that carries the name of such a wonderful human being and coach,” commented Kilburn-Steveskey. “Maggie Dixon touched so many people during her life, and to be the inaugural winner of the Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Award, I am truly humbled.”
“It is exciting to see fresh faces take the reins of a program and lead the team to a successful first season,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “We look forward to the continued impact that [Krista Kilburn-Steveskey] will have on the world of women’s basketball.”
Kilburn-Steveskey took over the Hofstra squad that returned four starters and was coming off its first-ever Division I postseason appearance. Hofstra finished 2005-06 with the second-most wins in school history. The 2006-07 squad took that success even further, finishing the year with a 26-8 record and advancing to the WNIT Quarterfinals with wins over Seton Hall and South Carolina. The team set records (Division I era only) for wins in a season, road wins (13), conference wins (13) and home wins (12).
In arguably the greatest season in school history, Kilburn-Steveskey guided Hofstra to wins over teams from the Big 10 (Michigan State), Big East (Seton Hall) and Southeastern (South Carolina) conferences. In addition, the Pride’s stunning win over then-#17 Michigan State was Hofstra’s first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
Kilburn-Steveskey posted the best record of any true first-year head coach and had the third-best record among coaches in their first year at their current institutions, as she follows Dave Magarity of Army (23 years at Marist) and Sharon Versyp of Purdue (former head coach at Indiana and Maine).
The Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Award is in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, former Army head coach, whose success during her inaugural year at the Army helm was remarkable. The Black Knights won the Patriot League title in 2006, and Dixon was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading Army to the NCAA Tournament for the first time at the NCAA Division I level. Coach Dixon passed away on April 6, 2006, just a few weeks after her team’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament.