Tobias, Wilcox Honored By Pac-10

Nov. 20, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State Head Coach Dan Tobias was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and junior midfielder Nicole Wilcox was named to the conference's second team Wednesday.

Tobias, who guided the Cougars to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years this season, has led WSU to 44 wins in five seasons, the program's best five-year span since 1989-93. In 2002, Washington State recorded all-time bests in conference wins with five, consecutive conference wins with four, and best conference finish at third.

'I'm honored and it means that other coaches in the conference think we have a very good team,' Tobias said. 'It's team recognition, and that's what's most important. This shows that we have a good team and a hard-working coaching staff. Curtis McAlister and Lisa Oyen are two of the best assistants in the country.'

Wilcox transferred to WSU from Iowa State and excelled in the 'Conference of Champions' immediately. The Battle Ground, Wash., native racked up 24 points on eight goals and eight assists. Wilcox led the team with 26 shots on goal and was an integral part of the team's run to the postseason.

'This was Nicole's first year and she did a tremendous job. She adds an attacking-minded element to our team. She worked hard to be a good flank player and was recognized for her efforts,' Tobias said. 'She has tremendous desire and determination to improve.'

Wilcox is the sixth Cougar to be named first or second team All-Pac-10 since 1995.

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