Fortner Named National Coach of the Year

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn head coach Nell Fortner was named the 2009 Basketball Times Magazine National Coach of the Year in its May issue.

The coaching honor is another in a long list of accomplishments for the 2008-09 season. She was also named the SEC Coach of the Year, Russell Athletic/WBCA Region III Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Naismith and WBCA Coach of the Year awards.

"I'm very honored. This award is just a reflection on a great season by our team," said Fortner. "That is the thing that makes me the most proud, is how these kids worked hard to win the SEC and have the kind of year we had."

Fortner, who just completed her fifth season at Auburn, led her team to a 30-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers also won the regular-season Southeastern Conference title, the team's first in 20 years, and finished runner-up in the SEC Tournament.

The team finished ranked 13th in the nation in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll as it capped off its first 30-win season since 1989. The 30 wins are also the fourth-most in school history.

In five seasons at Auburn, Fortner has a 101-57 record and has made the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons. A 1982 Texas graduate, Fortner has a 71-29 record, which is the best three-year span in Auburn women's basketball in 18 years.

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