Philadelphia, Pa. - With a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season title and conference championship on the 2016-17 season, along with the programs first NCAA DII Tournament win in history. Head Coach Jackie Hartzell of the University of the Sciences women's basketball team was named Philadelphia Coaches Conference Collegiate Coach of the Year.
"The Philadelphia Coaches Conference is an annual collaborative event hosted by Drexel University's Sport Coaching Leadership program and organized "for coaches by coaches" in an effort to bring together aspiring coaches of all levels and in a variety of sports for the purpose of professional development and growth through a series of educational sessions led by a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable coaches."
After starting the season off on a six-game winning streak followed up later with two separate 10-game winnings streaks during the season. Coach Hartzell and the University of the Sciences women's basketball team earned the Devils Athletic Department award for Women's Team Coach of the Year, along with Team of the Year. Coach Hartzell's squad compiled a 27-6 record overall with a 16-3 mark in CACC play, including a CACC regular season and conference tournament championship. The Devils made their way to the NCAA DII tournament for the first time in 10 years, taking down national power Bentley University in the opening round, 73-66. As a unit, the Devils averaged 62.3 points per game finishing the season as the number one defensive team in the nation. Shooting just over 40 percent from the field, the Devils pulled down an average of 34 rebounds a game with just over 13.1 assists per game. The team effort did not keep the individual awards from presenting themselves to the Devils, as Alex Thomas and Sarah Abbonizio earned All-CACC honors.