Jane Albright

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Jane Albright
Jane Albright in 2016.jpg
Albright in 2016.
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Biographical details
Born (1955-05-26) May 26, 1955 (age 61)
Graham, North Carolina
Playing career
1973–1977 Appalachian State
Position(s) Forward[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1981 Spartanburg HS
1981–1983 Tennessee (grad. asst.)
1983–1984 Cincinnati (asst.)
1984–1994 Northern Illinois
1994–2003 Wisconsin
2003–2008 Wichita State
2008–2017 Nevada
Head coaching record
Overall 512–477
Tournaments 4–9 (NCAA)
10–3 (WNIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards
  • Carol Eckman Award (2014)[2]
  • Big Ten Coach of the Year (1995)
  • Mid-Continent Coach of the Year (1993)
  • North Star Coach of the Year (1989)

Jane Gibson Albright[3] (born May 26, 1955)[4] is an American women's college basketball coach who is the former head coach at Nevada. Albright was previously head coach at Northern Illinois from 1984 to 1994, Wisconsin from 1994 to 2003, and Wichita State from 2003 to 2008. She announced her retirement from Nevada on March 1, 2017,[5] effective at the end of the season.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Graham, North Carolina, Albright graduated from Graham High School in 1973 and Appalachian State University in 1977 cum laude with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. At Appalachian State, Albright played basketball and volleyball.[6][7]

Albright is a cousin of Andy Albright President & CEO of National Agents Alliance.

Coaching career[edit]

Albright began her career as the girls' varsity basketball coach at Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1977. The team went 3–18 in Albright's first year, then improved to 11–10 in 1978–79, 16–13 in 1979–80, and 20–7 in 1980–81 and made the playoffs in 1980 and 1981.[8]

From 1981 to 1983, Albright was a graduate assistant at Tennessee under Pat Summitt. Albright then was an assistant coach at Cincinnati for the 1983–84 season.[9]

From 1994 to 2002, she coached at the University of Wisconsin where she compiled a 161–107 record. In her final season Wisconsin went 7–21, before she resigned.[10]

She was coach at Wichita State University from 2003 to 2007, where she went 48–95.[11][4]

USA Basketball[edit]

Albright served as the assistant coach for the team representing the United States at the World University Games held in Buffalo, New York in July 1993. The USA team defeated teams from Israel, Taiwan, the Ukraine, and Russia. They were defeated by Cuba 88–80 and by China 75–73. The USA team defeated Lithuania 83–73 to earn the bronze medal.[12]

In 1996, Albright was head coach of a U.S. squad of players chosen after the Olympic team that won the gold medal in the William Jones Cup.[13]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northern Illinois Huskies (Mid-American Conference) (1984–1986)
1984–85 Northern Illinois 15–13 11–7
1985–86 Northern Illinois 8–19 6–12
Northern Illinois Huskies (NCAA Division I independent) (1986–1987)
1986–87 Northern Illinois 11–16
Northern Illinois Huskies (North Star Conference) (1987–1992)
1987–88 Northern Illinois 14–14 6–4 4th
1988–89 Northern Illinois 23–7 12–2 2nd
1989–90 Northern Illinois 26–5 12–0 1st NCAA Second Round
1990–91 Northern Illinois 25–10 12–2 2nd
1991–92 Northern Illinois 18–14 8–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
Northern Illinois Huskies (Mid-Continent Conference) (1992–1994)
1992–93 Northern Illinois 24–6 15–1 1st NCAA First Round
1993–94 Northern Illinois 24–6 18–0 1st NCAA First Round
Northern Illinois: 188–110
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1994–2003)
1994–95 Wisconsin 20–9 11–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
1995–96 Wisconsin 21–8 12–4 3rd NCAA Second Round
1996–97 Wisconsin 16–11 8–8 T–6th
1997–98 Wisconsin 21–10 9–7 6th NCAA First Round
1998–99 Wisconsin 18–14 9–7 T–4th WNIT Runners-Up
1999–00 Wisconsin 21–12 8–8 T–5th WNIT Champions
2000–01 Wisconsin 18–10 12–4 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2001–02 Wisconsin 19–12 8–8 T–5th NCAA First Round
2002–03 Wisconsin 7–21 5–11 8th
Wisconsin: 161–107
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (2003–2008)
2003–04 Wichita State 10–18 5–11 T–7th
2004–05 Wichita State 5–22 2–16 9th
2005–06 Wichita State 15–13 8–10 5th
2006–07 Wichita State 9–20 4–14 9th
2007–08 Wichita State 9–22 3–15 10th
Wichita State: 48–95
Nevada Wolf Pack (Western Athletic Conference) (2008–2012)
2008–09 Nevada 18–14 10–6 T–3rd
2009–10 Nevada 17–16 10–6 3rd WNIT First Round
2010–11 Nevada 22–11 9–7 4th WNIT Second Round
2011–12 Nevada 7–23 3–11 T–7th
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Nevada 9–23 2–14 9th
2013–14 Nevada 18–13 12–6 T–3rd
2014–15 Nevada 9–21 5–13 T–9th
2015–16 Nevada 5–24 4–14 10th
2016–17 Nevada 11–19 5–13 10th
Nevada: 115–165 60–90
Total: 512–477

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ghant, Pat. "Women's basketball goes big time." The Rhododendron, 1977, vol. 55, p. 164.
  2. ^ "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  3. ^ The Rhododendron. Appalachian State University, 1977, vol. 55, p. 237.
  4. ^ a b "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 29 Sep 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pack's Jane Albright announces retirement after 33 seasons". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  6. ^ "News about our local and area students". Burlington Daily Times-News. June 12, 1973. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jane Albright". University of Wisconsin-Madison. Archived from the original on March 5, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Lady Vikings' Albright Takes Tennessee Post." Spartanburg Herald, May 12, 1981, p. B3.
  9. ^ "Jane Albright". University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Albright takes over Shockers after quitting Wisconsin". ESPN. April 11, 2003. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jane Albright". Wichita State. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Sixteenth World University Games – 1993". USA Basketball. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jane Albright, Head Women's Basketball Coach (Fourth Season)". Wichita State University. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2017.