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Beginning her 22nd season as the winningest coach in school history, Carmen Dolfo is an historic figure in Western athletics and is one of the top coaches in NCAA Division II.
Dolfo is the first person and one of just two overall to represent Western in national tournament competition as a player, assistant coach and head coach in any sport, being a part of 564 WWU victories in those three roles. She has coached 12 All-Americans and 46 conference all-stars during her tenure.
Dolfo's career record of 446-169 puts her No.18 among active NCAA II coaches in victories and her winning percentage of 72.5 ranks No.12. She ranks No.24 in winning percentage among NCAA II coaches all-time and No.35 in wins.
Dolfo became Western's head coach in 1990 after four seasons as an assistant coach. She has directed the Vikings to 16 20-win seasons (ranks seventh among active NCAA II coaches and 17th overall)and 20 post-season appearances, Western reaching the semifinals of the Elite Eight in 2000.
Western has also won four conference championships during Dolfo's tenure. Dolfo was Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006 and 2011, and has also won Coach of the Year honors four other times, being the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA II West Region Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Dolfo came to Western 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, when she averaged 16.8 points a game. She also lettered three years at Western as a setter in volleyball. In her four years of basketball, Dolfo scored 1,757 points and grabbed 896 rebounds.
After her playing career, which concluded with the Vikings reaching the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament in 1986, Dolfo was an assistant coach under 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 is in the first year of a second three-year term 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 47-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 Western in 1986 and a master's in student personnel administration from Western in 1996. Dolfo and husband John Garrison have two daughters, Kennedy 12 and Aspen 10, and son John Grey 8.
In 22nd season as head coach and 17th year as senior women's administrator ... First person in any sport and one of just two overall to represent Western in national tournament competition as player, assistant coach and head coach, being part of 564 WWU victories in those three roles ... In second year of second three-year term 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 446-169 record ... Has coached 12 All-Americans and 46 conference all-stars ... Ranks No.18 among active NCAA II coaches in victories and winning percentage of 72.5 is No.12 ... Ranks No.24 in winning percentage among NCAA II coaches all-time and No.35 in wins ... Has directed the Vikings to 16 20-win seasons and 20 post-season appearances ... Directed Western to 27-4 ledger in 1999-2000, winning Pacific West Conference and West Region titles and reaching semifinals at NCAA II National Championships, the school's highest national finish ... Besides final four appearance, guided Western to NCAA II West Regional semifinals in 1999, 2001 and 2006, and first round in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2011; and to NAIA Division I National Tournament quarterfinals in 1996 and first round in 1998 ... Selected to Vikings' all-time basketball team for school's first 100 years ... Named WBCA NCAA II West Region Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006 and 2011; 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 Western for four years (1986-90), the Vikings having a 95-28 (77.2 percent) record during that stretch ... Received bachelor's degree in physical education in 1986 and master's degree in student personnel administration in 1999, both from Western ... 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 ... Scored 1,757 points and grabbed 896 rebounds during her 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 Western ... 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 ... 47 years old ... She and husband John Garrison, who played basketball at Eastern Washington University, have two daughters, Kennedy 12 and Aspen 10, and son John Grey 8.
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