Maryland's Brenda Frese was named one of 10 semifinalists Friday for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year.
Frese's No. 4 Terps earned a share of the Big Ten regular-season title for the third straight year, but she was not named the conference's Coach of the Year. Instead, Michigan's Kim Barnes Arico was honored Monday by the league's coaches and media after leading the Wolverines to their highest finish in conference play in six years.
Arico, however, was not among the Atlanta Tipoff Club's 10 national semifinalists. Joining Frese were seven other coaches with teams ranked in the top 12 this week, including Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer.
Frese was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year and United States Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading Minnesota to a 14-win turnaround in her first season.
The four finalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year will be announced March 15.