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Carmen Dolfo

Carmen  Dolfo
Position:
Head Coach

Year:
26 seasons

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

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Recently completed her 26th season as head coach at WWU, guiding the Vikings to a 26-6 record in 2016-17 and a 2nd-place finish in the GNAC with an 18-2 mark. She has guided the Vikings to 16 NCAA II West Regional appearances. The dean of Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches, she is an historic figure in WWU Athletics, having mentored 14 All-Americans and 59 conference all-stars during her tenure.

Dolfo, who is approaching her 22nd 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 699 victories in those three roles.

Dolfo owns a career record of 561-207 (.730), putting her amongst the elite active and all-time Division II coaches. She has led the Vikings to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 16 of 19 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, with rankings from prior to the start of the 2016-17 season:

  • Winningest Active Coaches (All-Divisions): 46th (561-207/.730)
  • 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 (20)

In 2016-17 the Vikings recorded another 20-win season, the 20th during Dolfo's tenure, going 26-6 and advancing to the semifinal of the NCAA II West Regional. The Vikings were led by first-team All-American Taylor Peacocke, who became the third player in WWU history to earn GNAC Player of the Year honors. The Vikings had a 17-game wining streak from Dec, 19-Feb. 16, the 4th-longest winning streak in program history. WWU advanced to the GNAC Tournament championship game, falling to Alaska Anchorage. 

During the 2015-16 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.

Dolfo's 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
#550 - 1/21/17 (63-59 vs. MSU Billings)


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, 2011 and 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.

Here is a look at Doflo's Year-by-Year record as the head coach of the Vikings:

DOLFO’S CAREER COACHING RECORD

Year

W

L

Pct.

1991

21

7

.750

1992

20

12

.625

1993

14

15

.483

1994

20

9

.690

1995

21

8

.724

1996

26

7

.788

1997

18

8

.692

1998

21

9

.700

1999

23

7

.767

2000

27

4

.871

2001

21

8

.724

2002

24

5

.828

2003

22

6

.786

2004

Did Not Coach

2005

24

5

.828

2006

27

2

.931

2007

18

10

.643

2008

9

21

.300

2009

19

9

.679

2010

23

5

.821

2011

26

4

.867

2012

22

8

.733

2013

29

4

.879

2014

19

10

.655

2015

21

9

.700

2016

20

9

.690

2017

26

6

.813

Total

561

207

.730

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