Carmen  Dolfo
 Carmen Dolfo
Head Coach

26th season


WWU Announces 2015-16 Athletics Awards Winners

Awards for Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year announced at annual student-athlete gathering


Gandy grows skills at Western


Vikings are Sports Tours International Team of the Month for March


WWU falls to No.1 UAA, 71-58, in GNAC tourney title contest

Late first-half drought ends season for Vikings


WWU defeats Seattle Pacific in overtime, 72-67, in GNAC semifinal

Colard scores career-high 34 as Vikings rally from 14 points down


WBB - WWU vs. UAA (2-23-17)

Photos from WWU's 75-72 loss in double overtime against No. 2 Alaska Anchorage. Game played at Whatcom Pavilion.


WWU 71, Simon Fraser 65

In a battle of ranked teams, #17 WWU used a 4th quarter rally to defeat #25 Simon Fraser 71-65 at Whatcom Pavilion.


WWU vs. Saint Martin's

Photos from WWU's 67-53 win over Saint Martin's on Jan. 12, 2017 in Bellingham. Photos by Radley Muller & Jake Tull.


WWU vs. Seattle Pacific

Photos from WWU's 71-53 win over nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific on 1/14/17 in Bellingham.


In her 26th season as head coach at WWU, who has directed the Vikings to 14 NCAA II West Regional appearances. The dean of Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches, she is an historic figure in WWU Athletics, already having mentored 13 All-Americans and 56 conference all-stars during her tenure.

Dolfo, who is in her 21st year as WWU’s senior women’s administrator, is the first person and one of just two overall to represent WWU in national tournament competition as a player, assistant coach and head coach in any sport, being a part of 673 victories in those three roles.

Dolfo owns a career record of 535-201 (.727), putting her amongst the elite amongst active and all-time Division II coaches. She has led the Vikings to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 15 of 18 seasons, including trips to the Elite Eight in 1999-2000 and 2012-13.

Here is where Coach Dolfo ranks amongst in the NCAA in several categories:

  • Winningest Active Coaches (All-Divisions): 46th (535-201/.727)
  • Winningest Active Coaches (Division II): 10th (by wins), 17th (by pct.)
  • Winningest All-Time Coaches (Division II): 20th (by wins), 23rd (by pct.)
  • Most 20-Win Seasons (Division II): T10th (19)

Last season she became the winningest head coach in WWU history when she registered her 519th career win on December 3, 2015 vs. the University of Alaska. Dolfo passed former WWU men's coach Brad Jackson as the all-time leader in coaching victories in school history. 

In 2014-15, Dolfo became the first four-year college woman’s coach in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to record 500 victories at one university in those states (71-50 win over Southern Indiana on 12/19/14). 

Dolfo became WWU’s head coach in 1990 after four seasons as an assistant. She has directed the Vikings to 19 20-win seasons, ninth all-time among NCAA II coaches, and 22 post-season appearances.

Milestone Victories:
#1 - 11/16/90 (67-54 vs. Chico State - Los Angeles)

#100 - 12/1/95 (80-57 vs. Whitworth)
#200 - 12/3/00 (76-59 vs. Alaska Anchorage)
#300 - 2/24/05 (2/24/05 at Central Washington)
#400 - 11/20/10 (58-24 vs. San Francisco State - Seattle)
#500 - 12/19/14 (71-50 vs. Southern Indiana - Las Vegas)
#519 - 12/3/15 (90-59 vs. Alaska) - becomes all-time winningest coach in WWU history

In 2012-13, Dolfo was named CaptainU Division II National Coach of the Year as WWU posted a 29-4 record and reached the semifinals of the NCAA II Elite Eight, won GNAC regular- season and tournament titles and the West Regional championship.

In 1999-2000, Dolfo guided the Vikings to a 27-4 ledger and the national semifinals, winning Pacific West Conference and West Regional championships. Besides those two regional titles, Dolfo directed WWU to the regional finals in 2002, regional semifinals in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2012; and the first round at regionals in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Selected to the Vikings' all-time basketball team for the school's first 100 years, Dolfo was named Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA II West Region Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013, GNAC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006, 2011and 2013; Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 2000 and Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference (PNWAC) Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

In 1995-96, Dolfo directed WWU to the NAIA Division I National Tournament quarterfinals and in 1997-98 to a first round national appearance.

Dolfo came to WWU in 1984 after spending two seasons competing at Biola University, and played two years of basketball for the Vikings, earning NAIA All-America honors as a senior, averaging 16.8 points a game on a team that reached the national quarterfinals.

She also lettered three years at WWU as a setter in volleyball.

In her four years of basketball, Dolfo scored 1,757 points and grabbed 896 rebounds.

Dolfo then became an assistant coach under legendary coach Lynda Goodrich from 1986 to 1990. The Vikings had a 95-28 record (.778) in that time, and again reached the NAIA quarterfinals in 1989.

Dolfo has served two three-year terms on the WBCA Board of Directors. She has served on the Kodak All-American Selection Committee as well as the WBCA national rating committee and the West Region rating committee.

Dolfo grew up in Penticton, B.C., where she led Penticton High School to the provincial championship as a senior. She earned a bachelor’s degree from WWU in 1986 and a master’s in student personnel administration in 1996. Dolfo and husband John Garrison have two daughters, Kennedy and Aspen, and one son, John Grey.