(CINCINNATI, Ohio) – The Cincinnati USA Women's Sports Association announced its college award winners today, April 29, 2019. Thomas More had three award winners, Madison Temple for women's basketball, and Andrea Gahan for last season's achievements in softball, winning the College Sportswoman of the Year for their respected sport. Also receiving an award is women's basketball Head Coach Jeff Hans, who was named the college Coach of the Year. The winners will be honored at the Cincinnati Women's Sports Association will hold its 26th annual Cincinnati Women's Sports Association annual awards ceremony at the University of Cincinnati Champions Club on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. Winners will be honored on the field at the FC Cincinnati home match immediately after the reception.
The College Sportswoman of the Year Award is presented to a woman playing at a local college who demonstrates superior athletic achievement. Other considerations will be academic standards, community involvement, and outstanding leadership qualities. Six nominees from all sports will be chosen. These nominees will be given special recognition at the event as the top athlete in their sport. One winner will be announced that evening as the college sportswoman of the year
The Coach of the Year Award is judged by his/her coaching success as well as his/her status as a role model for athletes, community involvement, participation in coaching associations and other related professional organizations, and general pursuit of excellence as a coach and mentor. Two coaches will be selected as winners of Coach of the year from these three categories: college, high school or other (i.e. Youth, open, AAU coach).
In the 2018 season, Gahan set the season record for most home runs hit in a single season with 16. She recorded 68 hits, off 154 at bats for 42 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, and 53 RBI's. In the field, Gahan recorded 340 put outs and finished the season with a .980 fielding percentage.
Temple was named the D3Hoops.com and WBCA National Player of the Year, named a Google Cloud Academic All-American, and was the Josten's Trophy receipent. On the court, she became the program's all-time leading scorer, reached her career 2,000th point, and became the all-time leader in assists. Temple finished the season with a .603 field-goal percentage, a .438 3-point field-goal percentage, and a .890 free-throw percentage.
Hans led his 2018-19 team to be crowned National Champions with a perfect 33-0 season. He and the team took on 12 different top-25 ranked teams, two of them being home games, and the last five being in the NCAA Championship Tournament. Hans was named D3Hoops.com National Coach of the Year.