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April 7, 2020

Jeff Evans, Western Washington University Director of Athletic Communications
Western Washington Athletics
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WWU Women's Basketball Coach Carmen Dolfo Recognized for 600th Career Victory

Western Washington University head women’s basketball coach Carmen Dolfo has been recognized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as part of the 2020 Victory Club.

Dolfo was among a select list of recipients honored for achieving a milestone coaching victory during the 2019-20 season. On January 11, the Bellingham Vikings defeated Seattle Pacific University 73-60 for the 600th victory in Dolfo’s 29-year head coaching career, all at Western.

Carmen Dolfo Recognized By Wbca For 600th Career Victory

At the time of the victory, research showed Dolfo became the 36th active women's basketball head coach across all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 600-win mark and the 73rd all-time in NCAA history. Among NCAA II head coaches, she was the 8th active and 17th all-time to join the 600-win club.

The Vikings finished the 2019-20 season with a 22-9 record, advancing to the championship game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament, and was selected to play in the NCAA Division II Championships for the 17th time in 22 seasons competing at the NCAA level. The West Regional scheduled to be played in Honolulu, Hawai'i was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dolfo now has a career record of 612-245 in her 29 seasons leading the Vikings, with 21 seasons with 20 or more wins. She is WWU’s all-time leader in coaching victories across all sports.

She will be awarded a plaque from the WBCA for her 600th career victory that will join a crowded shelf featuring her several previous coaching accolades.

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About WWU Basketball

One of the premier basketball programs in NCAA Division II, recording a 20-win season in eight of the last 12 seasons, and 35 times in the 49-year history of the program. WWU has 21 seasons of 20 or more wins under head coach Carmen Dolfo, who is the winningest coach of any sport at WWU and ranks among Division II active and all-time coaching leaders in wins with 612, win percentage and 20-win seasons. The Vikings have reached the NCAA II Tournament in 16 of 21 seasons at the Division II level with two trips to the Final Four. The program has 1,044 all-time wins in the 48-year history of the program, and according to available records, is one of just 16 women’s college basketball team across all divisions and levels to reach the milestone.

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