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Griffith named Coach of the Year by the Asian Coaches Association

NEW YORK —Columbia’s Megan Griffith was named the CBB Analytics Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year by the Asian Coaches Association. Griffith received the award at the Association’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Conference, presented by AllAthelte, held Thursday at the Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis.

Griffith coached the Lions to their winningest season in program history, going 25-7 overall with a 12-2 Ivy League record. Columbia broke several team records and achieved many program firsts throughout the season, including starting the season 5-0, losing an ACC opponent on the road (Clemson), victory of a record eight-game program, the start of the Ivy League 7–0, entering and winning his first post-season game in 36 years, entering his first Ivy League tournament, qualifying for the tournament championship game and advancing to the quarterfinals of her first Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Columbia’s run to the WNIT Quarterfinals is the deepest of any team in Ivy League history.

In winning 25 games, Columbia beat the program’s previous mark of 21-6, achieved by the 1985-86 Hall of Fame team that won the AIWA New York State Championship that year and s qualified for the NCAA Div. III Regional. The most winning division of the program. The I and Ivy League seasons prior to this year were in 2009-10, when the Lions went 18-10 and 9-5 in the Ivy League.

Griffith has coached two players to All-Ivy League honors this season. Junior Kaitlyn Davis was voted first-team All-Ivy by league coaches, while sophomore Hsu Abbey was named a second-team All-Ivy. It’s only the fourth time since the Lions officially joined the league in 1986-87 that Columbia has placed two players on one of two All-Ivy teams — both of those occasions have been under Griffith’s watch.

Founded in 2011 by current President Mike Magpayo, the Asian Coaches Association strives to give Asian coaches and coaches of Asian descent a network in the world of college basketball coaching. Magpayo, who was a men’s assistant at Columbia when he and others came up with the idea for the organization, is now the men’s head coach at UC Riverside.

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