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Women’s basketball coach wins advocacy award

Joni Taylor, head coach of the women’s basketball team, recently added to her 2015-2016 accolades by earning the Advocates for Athletic Equity Women’s Basketball Newcomer Coach of the Year Award.

The latest honor adds to a long list of accomplishment’s for UGA’s first-year head coach. Taylor was named the 2016 Maggie Dixon NCAA National Rookie Coach of the Year, was selected as the 2016 Whack Hyder Georgia College Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and was recently honored by the Atlanta alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as a 2016 Celebration of Women Honoree.

Taylor led the women’s basketball team to a 20-win season that was highlighted by five wins against ranked opponents and a return trip to the NCAA tournament. Among the 64-team tournament field, Taylor was the only first-year head coach to lead her team to the “Big Dance.”