Carmen Dolfo
 Carmen Dolfo
Position:
Head Coach


12/19/2014

Dolfo gets No.500 as WWU defeats Southern Indiana, 71-50

Colard scores 20 as Vikings snap USI's eight-game win streak

12/18/2014

WWU falls 64-63 to No.4 West Texas A&M at South Point Classic

Vikings see three potential game-winning shots miss in final 24 seconds

12/17/2014

WWU at South Point Holiday Hoops Classic

Vikings face No.4 West Texas A&M and Southern Indiana

12/14/2014

WWU wins exhibition, 75-64, at NCAA I Portland State

Katie Colard scores game-high 26 points for victorious Vikings

12/09/2014

WWU travels to Portland State for exhibition game Sunday

Vikings then at Las Vegas for two contests at South Point

360-650-7374, carmen.dolfo@wwu.edu

Beginning her 24th season as head coach at WWU is Carmen Dolfo, who has directed the Vikings to six straight NCAA II West Regional appearances and 14 overall. The dean of Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches, she is an historic figure in WWU Athletics, already having mentored 13 All-Americans and 50 conference all-stars during her tenure.

Dolfo, who is in her 19th 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 612 victories in those three roles.

Dolfo's career record of 494-183 puts her No.11 among active NCAA II coaches in victories and her winning percentage of 73.0 ranks No.10. She is No.22 in winning percentage among NCAA II coaches all-time and No.25 in wins.

Dolfo needs six more victories to become the first four-year college coach in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to reach 500 at one four-year university in those states.

Dolfo became WWU's head coach in 1990 after four seasons as an assistant. She has directed the Vikings to 17 20-win seasons, ninth all-time among NCAA II coaches, and 21 post-season appearances.

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 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.

The 49-year old 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 14 and Aspen 12, and son John Grey 10.

In 24th season as head coach and 19th year as senior women's administrator ... 2013 CaptainU Division II National Coach of the Year ... Has directed Vikings to six straight NCAA II West Regional appearances and 14 overall ... Dean of Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches ... Has mentored 13 All-Americans and 50 conference all-stars ... First person in any sport and one of just two overall to represent WWU in national tournament competition as player, assistant coach and head coach, being part of 612 WWU victories in those three roles ... Has served two three-year terms on Women's Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors ... Has served on Kodak All-American Selection Committee as well as WBCA National rating committee and West Region rating committee ... Is winningest coach in school history with record of 494-183 ... Needs six more victories to become first four-year college coach in state of Washington and Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to reach 500 at one four-year university in those states ... Ranks No.11 among active NCAA II coaches in victories and winning percentage of 72.5 is No.10 ... Ranks No.22 in winning percentage among NCAA II coaches all-time and No.25 in wins ... Has directed Vikings to 17 20-win seasons, ninth all-time among NCAA II coaches, and 21 post-season appearances ... Directed WWU to 29-4 record in 2012-13, winning GNAC regular- season and tournament titles, West Regional championship and reaching NCAA II final four; and to 27-4 ledger in 1999-2000, winning Pacific West Conference and West Regional titles and reaching semifinals at NCAA II Elite Eight ... Besides those two regional titles, guided WWU to NCAA II West Regional final in 2002, regional semifinals in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2012; and first round at regionals in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 ... Also directed Vikings to NAIA Division I National Tournament quarterfinals in 1995-96 and first round in 1997-98 ... Selected to WWU's ' all-time basketball team for school's first 100 years ... Named WBCA 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 ... Top assistant at WWU for four years (1986-90), the Vikings having a 95-28 (77.2 percent) record during that stretch and reaching NAIA national quarterfinals in 1989 ... Received bachelor's degree in physical education in 1986 and master's degree in student personnel administration in 1999, both from WWU ... Named to three All-American teams in 1985-86 as well as earning NAIA National all-tournament (second-team) and District 1 co-Player of the Year honors, leading Vikings to national quarterfinals ... Scored 1,757 points and grabbed 896 rebounds during four-year career, playing first two seasons at Biola University CA ... Coached by Lynda Goodrich at Western and Betty Norman at Biola, both NAIA National Hall of Famers and 400-game winners ... Also lettered three years as setter in volleyball at WWU ... All-Province selection as prep, leading Penticton High School to British Columbia championship ... Served six years as member of NAIA Kodak All-America Selection Committee ... 49 years old ... She and husband John Garrison, who played basketball at Eastern Washington University, have two daughters, Kennedy 14 and Aspen 12, and son John Grey 10.