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Ross James Named South Region Coach of the Year by D3Hoops

Ross James Named South Region Coach of the Year by D3Hoops

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- After leading Mary Baldwin to the quarterfinal round of the USA South tournament, Head Basketball Coach Ross James has been selected South Region Coach of the Year, which was announced on Monday.

The Fighting Squirrels finished their season with a 17-10 record, including a 10-6 mark in league play. The 17 wins are tied for the second-most in school history and the 10 conference victories are the most since MBU joined the USA South. The team excelled to a 15-win turnaround from a season ago. 

"I would like to thank for the honor," said James. "The Mary Baldwin University Athletic Department, the women's basketball support staff and the players all share in this award. I am grateful to receive this honor."

James added to his year-end awards after garnering USA South Coach of the Year laurels for the first time in program history. He also coached first-year player Leah Calhoun to Rookie of the Year honors from the conference - also a first in program history. 

In his second season as head coach, James turned around a team that went 2-23 in the 2017-2018 season to finishing fourth in the USA South and winning the program's first ever conference tournament game, which was a 114-108 victory against N.C. Wesleyan.

James is the first member of a USA South institution to garner the accolade from for women's basketball since 2011.