Sheila McInerney Named 2005 PWSA Coach of the Year

Feb. 4, 2006

Phoenix, Ariz. - Arizona State women's tennis head coach Sheila McInerney has been named the 2005 recipient of the Phoenix Women's Sports Association's 2005 University Female Coach of the Year award, as announced by Betsy Bombeck and Jodi Powers of the PWSA's Awards Committee.

McInerney was selected as the award recipient in recognition of her 22 years as head coach of the Sun Devils, as well as her coaching performances for USA Tennis and medal-winning teams in the International Goodwill Games and the US Pan American Games. During her tenure at ASU, McInerney has led the Sun Devils to the NCAA tournament an unprecedented eighteen consecutive times and has seen her teams finish in the top ten of the national rankings 13 times. McInerney has led eight different Sun Devil teams to the NCAA Quarterfinals and 18 teams to the NCAA Sweet 16. So far, she has led the Sun Devils to a 3-0 record in 2006 and number 14 national ranking.

The PWSA will be honoring McInerney on February 11 at the Third Annual PWSA Celebration of Girls' and Women's Sports Awards Dinner. The dinner caps off the PWSA's Girls and Women in Sports Week celebration, which from February 2 to February 11. Also featured at the dinner will be three-time Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, a member of the 1996 U.S. gold medal team.

The PWSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls and women find their power through sports. The all-volunteer organization is modeled after the Women's Sports Foundation, which was founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King. The PWSA is designed to raise awareness of the importance of girls and women in sports and to reach out to underserved girls and women to give them opportunities to participate in sports.

McInerney and the No. 14-ranked Sun Devil women's team return to the courts on February 10, 11, and 12 for three matches at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz, against Montana State, Denver, and Cal Poly, respectively. The three matches are also designated as featured events in ASU's Girls and Women in Sports Week.

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