Jennifer Roos, who led Bowling Green State University to the Mid-American Conference regular-season championship in women’s basketball, has been named the league’s coach of the year.
The conference office announced the honor Tuesday, the same day that BGSU announced that men’s basketball coach Louis Orr’s contract would not be renewed after seven seasons.
Roos’ Falcons, who are 27-3, are ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll and seeded first for the MAC tournament after winning the East Division championship.
Roos shared credit for the award on her Twitter account, @BGSUHoops, writing: “Any award that this program receives is a TEAM award! This program is: team, alums, staff, & fans. #BGSU.”
Roos’ squad gained the top seed for this week’s MAC tournament with a 17-1 regular-season record in conference play. The Falcons have a bye into the semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and will play at noon Friday. The tournament championship game, with the MAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line, is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.
Both of Roos’ senior starters, forward Alexis Rogers (14.9 points, 8.2 rebounds) and Jillian Halfhill (13.3 points) were named to the All-MAC first team.
Roos is in her second season as the program’s head coach after 11 years as an assistant to Curt Miller, who left BGSU last year to take the head-coaching position at Indiana. She had the title of associate head coach for her last nine years as an assistant.
Last year’s Falcons reached the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament and finished with a 24-11 record. This year’s squad is guaranteed a trip to the postseason, making for the 10th straight year BGSU has reached either the NCAA tournament or the WNIT.
Also announced by the MAC Tuesday were Central Michigan’s Crystal Bradford as player of the year and Eastern Michigan’s Cha Sweeney as freshman of the year. On Monday, Bradford was recognized as defensive player of the year and teammate Taylor Johnson was named Sixth Player of the Year.
Orr coached his final game for Bowling Green Monday night in a 54-51 loss at Northern Illinois in the first round of the MAC tournament. The Falcons finished 12-20 overall and 6-12 in the MAC.
Orr’s seven-year record at BGSU was 101-121 overall, including a 54-60 mark in MAC play. The Falcons won the East Division and played in the National Invitational Tournament in 2008-09, with Orr being named the conference coach of the year. The 2011-12 club played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2012.
BGSU went a combined 41-55 in Orr’s final three seasons.
“We want to thank Coach Orr for his dedication to BGSU and his leadership in developing men of character in the Falcon basketball program,” athletic director Chris Kingston said. “I want to personally thank Coach Orr for his professionalism and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
After Monday night’s game, Orr said: “I’m thankful for the opportunities that Bowling Green State University has given me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach a group of great guys over the last seven years that I have been here. I’m thankful for the community, for those, whatever their feelings were about me, I’m thankful for them going to the games and supporting these young guys.
“We all want more. I want more. I want these guys to experience more success, more wins. They work hard. I want them to experience more championships. I wish I could have more on that end. I appreciate these guys. They could have gave up, but they never did and they are a resilient group. I wish them the best.”
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