Softball: Wahine dominate all-WAC team

Stacy Porter, Melissa Coogan and Bob Coolen lead Hawaii on the all-WAC team.

HONOLULU - University of Hawai`i head softball coach Bob Coolen was named today the Western Athletic Conference's Coach of the Year and his players Stacey Porter and Melissa Coogan earned top billing as well as selected by the league's head coaches. Coolen, in his 12th season, led the Rainbow Wahine to a 37-18 overall mark and its first-ever WAC title posting a 17-3 league record. Player of the Year honors went to first baseman Porter, a junior, while she garnered her third-straight first team recognition. It was the third-straight season UH has had a player win the coveted player of the year award. Kate Judd was honored in both of the last two seasons. Right-handed pitcher Coogan, a sophomore, was the co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing the distinction with Fresno State's All-American Jamie Southern. Coogan posted an overall record of 29-9 while going 14-1 in the league. UH placed four players on the first team and another three on the second. Besides Coogan and Porter, other members earning first-team honors were sophomore outfielder Tracie Uchima and senior third baseman Trisha Ramos. Uchima batted .295 overall and .370 in 20 WAC games. Ramos, who came on strong late in the season, hit .291 overall and .379 in the conference. Three other Rainbow Wahine were named to the second team, including two-time WAC player of the year Judd. She started off the season slow at the plate, but really picked it up down the stretch finishing the season at .321 and .339 in the WAC. Denise Dahlberg, who was a first team selection last year in the outfield as a freshman, earned second team honors behind the plate in 2003. Designated player April Crowell earned her first WAC honor on the second team as a utility player. She batted .275 in the league. She ended the regular season with a season-high 11 home runs

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