Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba has been named “Big South Coach of the Year.” The former NCAA and WNBA star and St. Croix native was named the Highlanders head coach in 2008.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the other coaches in such a respectful way, especially as I am the youngest coach in the league,” said Ngongba, who has spent the last couple of years rebuilding a program historically viewed as a conference powerhouse.
Ngongba led the Highlanders to an 11-5 league record and the number two seed in the post-season tournament, which was the team’s highest since 2008.
Radford’s 11 wins during the 2010-11 conference season marked the most regular-season league wins the Highlanders have recorded since the 1993-94 season, when Radford finished 12-4. It was a season filled with events like beating Liberty at home, a feat that had not been accomplished in 15 years.
“I am really happy that Taj was selected as Big South Coach of the Year,” said Athletic Director Robert Lineburg. “We performed very well in conference play this season, and Taj was certainly deserving of this award. Our women’s basketball program is making a lot of progress, and I am confident this program will be competing for championships on a consistent basis.”