The all-time winningest coach in USF women’s basketball history, Jose Fernandez, was named the American Athletic Conference Coach Of The Year for the first time in his career on Saturday morning.
In his 18th season at the helm, Fernandez has led the program to its sixth-straight 20-plus win season and on the verge of a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
All together, Fernandez has guided USF to nine 20-win seasons, two WNIT final fours, the 2009 WNIT Championship and has won more than 300 games.
Under his leadership, the Bulls are closing in on the most wins in program history this season and are in position to become just the third team ever to reach 25 wins.
Fernandez, a Miami native, was hired by USF in 2000 and has since made 13 total postseason appearances, including a berth in five NCAA Tournaments, completely changing the culture of women’s basketball at USF.
The second-seeded Bulls will play in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU against either SMU or ECU.