Athletics

Stedman Named WBCA/D3hoops.com All-American; Gromacki National Coach of the Year

GP and Steds WBCA
Head coach G.P. Gromacki and sophomore Caroline Stedman earned
two of the WBCA's biggest awards this evening.

BLOOMINGTON, IL – This evening, at the championship banquet at the 2010 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four, the top-ranked Amherst College Lord Jeffs (31-0) earned another pair of season’s end awards from the WBCA. The largest organization in women’s hoops named Amherst sophomore Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) the second All-American in program history, before tabbing head coach G.P. Gromacki the National Coach of the Year for Division III. The following day, D3hoops.com named Stedman a Second Team All-American.

For Stedman, this evening’s award is the culmination of one of the most decorated seasons any player in program history has ever had. In addition to earning All-NESCAC First Team honors, Stedman was named the NESCAC Player of the Year. Following the conference’s most prestigious honor, Stedman was named First Team All-Region or All-District by the WBCA, D3hoops.com and the ECAC, with the latter two organizations naming her their Regional Player of the Year. Stedman is just the second All-American in program history, following teammate and junior co-captain Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT), who earned All-American status just one year ago.

Gromacki’s post-season award resume has been just as impressive this year. Gromacki was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year, earning at least a share of the conference award for the second time in three seasons (Co-Coach of the Year, 2008). After earning the NESCAC’s top coaching honor, Gromacki was named both the D3hoops.com Northeast and WBCA District 1 Coach of the Year. This is the first national Coach of the Year honor of Gromacki’s career, in which he has posted a 250-45 record, including an 87-7 mark at Amherst in three seasons. In each of his three years at Amherst, D3hoops.com has named the Amherst skipper the Northeast Regional Coach of the Year.

Amherst Athletic Director Suzanne Coffey, who has traveled to the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University with the team for the Final Four had the highest praise for both player and coach. Following the banquet, Coffey said, “I am so proud of coach Gromacki, who in less than three years has transformed Amherst into a national powerhouse that once again is in the Final Four.” Coffey added that “on a team known around Division III for its balance on, and off the court, it is great to see the WBCA recognize Caroline on behalf of the program.”

Gromacki was also quick to compliment Stedman following this evening's award ceremony. Gromacki said, "I have not coached a more deserving player. Caroline does it all for our team, and I am truly glad to see her get recognized on the national level."

Stedman, Gromacki and the rest of the Lord Jeffs will open play in the 2010 Final Four tomorrow evening against Washington University in St. Louis at 6 p.m. (EST).