USF’s Jose Fernandez Named to WBCA Board of Directors

Fernandez continues his extensive involvement with the WBCA. 

TAMPA (Oct. 21, 2021) – University of South Florida head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors for the 2021-22 membership year.

“I’m honored to serve the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in this capacity,” said Fernandez.  I respect and support the work that executive director Danielle Donahew and president Cori Close, and the board, is doing for the growth and equity of our game.”

No stranger to being involved with the WBCA, Fernandez was appointed by the board to succeed incoming vice-president, and North Carolina head coach, Cortney Banghart as NCAA Division I Director at Large. Banghart will succeed UCLA head coach Cori Close as the WBCA’s president in July 2023.

Fernandez, who is entering his 22nd year at the helm of the Bulls, previously served as the president of the WBCA’s BIG EAST and American Athletic Conference coaches advisory board – and was a WBCA Conference Captain in the BIG EAST and The American – was the chair of the WBCA All American Committee, and served on the committee for the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year award. He has also served on the WBCA Coach of the Year committee and was a Top 25 voter in both the BIG EAST and The American.

South Florida, who was recently chosen to finish atop the American Athletic Conference this season in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll, and is ranked No. 21 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25, tips off the 2021-22 campaign with back-to-back home games against Texas Rio Grande Valley and Alabama State on Tues., Nov. 9, and Thur., Nov. 11, respectively, before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn. to face Tennessee on Nov. 15 in the AAC/SEC Challenge.

Click here for South Florida’s complete season schedule.

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USF has recorded its best season in program history during the 2020-21 campaign, all while navigating the unpredictable COVID-19 landscape. In doing so, the Bulls won their first-ever conference regular-season and tournament titles, and posted their highest ranking in the Associated Press Top25 poll, reaching as high as No. 12.

USF has made 16 postseason tournament appearances and had seven NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 21 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to nine 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship, and won more than 380 games. For his efforts on the sideline during the 2020-21 season, Fernandez was named a finalist for the WBCA and semifinalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards. He was also tabbed the 2021 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Also, during the 2020-21 campaign, the Bulls had five players recognized by The American for impressive seasons, including Elisa Pinzan (Most Improved Player, All-Conference Second Team), Maria Alvarez (Co-Sixth Player of the Year), Bethy Mununga (All-Conference First Team), Elena Tsineke (All-Conference First Team), and Sydni Harvey (All-Conference Third Team).

In addition, Harvey was named the American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament Team, while Mununga and Tsineke were also All-Tournament selections.


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