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Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Ave.
Kansas City KS 66112

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April 14, 2014

Pat Summitt Trophy recipient to be announced at Women’s Final Four in Nashville 

Kansas City Kansas Community College Coach Valerie Stambersky is one of three finalists for National WBCA Basketball Coach of the Year.

Named in honor of legendary Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, the inaugural Pat Summit Trophy will presented at the Fourth Annual WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Awards Show to be held during the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 7.

Trenia Tillis Jones of Tyler Junior College and 2009 Coach of the Year Ned Mircetic of Ventura College are the other finalists for the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA Community College Coach of the Year award which will be announced in the Broadway Ballroom of the Omni Nashville Hotel.

“I’m a little lost for words; it’s a great honor,” said Stambersky. “My assistant, Shaun Burki, told me I had been nominated and I laughed. But then I received an e-mail informing me I was a finalist and was totally shocked.” Stambersky will be accompanied by her husband, Damian Stambersky, and their two children, 6-year-old son Taylor and 4-year-old daughter, Tyler, at the Women’s Final Four. 

“In her 15 years at KCKCC, Coach Stambersky has done things the right way,” says Burki. “She’s certainly helped me grow as a coach and as a person and I hope that all of her hard work and passion will come to fruition and she’ll win the national coach of the year award I believe she rightly deserves.” 

In addition to her coaching duties, Stambersky is the assistant athletic director. Those responsibilities include maintaining the college’s athletic website and campus wide communications. 

The winningest coach in KCKCC history with 183 victories, Stambersky’s 2013-14 team recorded a career best 24-8 record with six of the eight losses to teams ranked in the top four nationally. Three of the losses came to Highland, which lost in overtime in the national championship game; two to Johnson County, which finished No. 2 in the national rankings; and one to North Iowa, which was No. 1 in the final rankings.

The Blue Devils gave national runnerup Highland a huge scare in the semifinals of the Region VI tournament before a late comeback fell short in a 62-58 loss at Highland. “Another minute and I think we could have got it into overtime,” said Burki.  

The 24 wins are the most since KCKCC finished fifth in the nation with a 35-2 record in 1997. Averaging 74.8 points, the Lady Blue Devils were also the highest scoring team since 1997 while holding opponents to 59.7 points per contest. Balance was a key to the success with nine players averaging 6.2 or more points a game.

With only three sophomores and the only returning starter (Samantha Hurst) lost for the season in the 11th game of the year, the Blue Devils were still 14-1  in December and despite being without their top two scorers for the first five games of January, they still won four of five. Seven of this year’s top nine scorers and rebounders will return next season.
 “The WBCA congratulates these coaches on being named finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy present to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA Junior/Community Coach of the Year,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “Each coach helped lead their team to an outstanding season and was selected by their peers to be candidates for this honor. On behalf of the WBCA and its members, I wish all of the finalists the best of luck at the WBCA Awards Show in Nashville.”

This is the first year the award will bear Summitt’s name and is the only national coach of the year award to do so. The winningest basketball coach (men’s or women’s) in NCAA Division I history with 1,098 career victories, Summitt stepped down as head coach in April 2012 after leading the Lady Vols to eight NCAA Division I national championships. She was named Division I national coach of the year three times.

Russell Athletic and the WBCA annually recognizes six national coaches of the year – NCAA Division I, II and II, NAIA, junior-community college and high school. It is the 32nd year that the WBCA has honored the junior/community college coach of the year. The late Kurt Budke, who got his coaching start at KCKCC, was the 1995 Coach of the Year while at Trinity Valley.

KCKCC's Harbert Earns All-American Honorable Mention
March 24, 2014

While one of the biggest thieves in the Jayhawk Conference, Kansas City Kansas Community College freshman Cassidy Harbert’s passion for giving rather than receiving has earned her honorable mention on the 2014 Community College All-America Team chosen by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Harbert is one of just three players from the Jayhawk Conference earning WBCA honors. She was joined on the honorable mention list by sophomore guards Timeka O’Neal and Sameia Kendall, who led Johnson County to a 30-2 record and No. 2 national ranking. No Jayhawk player was named to the 10-member All-America team.

A 5-6 point guard from Wichita Northwest, Harbert led the Jayhawk Conference in assists this past season with 6.32 a game and was third in steals with 3.42 per contest. Her 197 assists are the most ever by a Lady Blue Devil freshman and second only to the 207 recorded by All-American Aneta Kausaite in 1995-96.

In addition, Harbert was third in scoring with a 9.7-point average, the Blue Devils’ leader in 3-point field goal percentage (.446), second in rebounding (6.9) and third among the leaders in overall field goal percentage (.432).  Harbert’s season was highlighted by one triple double – 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists – against Westminster and she just missed triple doubles by one assist in one game and two assists or two rebounds in two others among her eight double doubles. 

“Very, very deserving,” said KCKCC Coach Valerie Stambersky. “She did everything for us, led fast breaks, got the ball up the floor, rebounded and scored. A player who played with an edge, something that’s hard to coach. Either you have it or you don’t and she did.”

The All-American selection was particularly gratifying to the KCKCC coaching staff after Jayhawk Conference coaches ignored Harbert on the all-conference team. She did receive honorable mention on the All-Region VI team. “Statistics don’t lie but apparently they were ignored in the conference voting,” said Stambersky. 

The Blue Devils finished No. 20 in the NJCAA Division II rankings with a 24-8 record with six of the eight losses coming to teams ranked in the Top 5 nationally. The 24 wins are the most since the 1996-97 season.

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