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2013 NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Selections Announced
 January 7, 2013

NOTE: The inductees to the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame are selected exclusively by the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three deserving head coaches and one distinguished player have been tabbed for the 2013 class of the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes former Roxbury Community College’s (Mass.) head coach Alfreda Harris, current Miami Dade College (Fla.) head coach Susan Summons, the NJCAA’s winningest active head coach in Copiah Lincoln Community College’s (Miss.) Gwyn Young as well as two-time All-American Kim Ortega from Seward County Community College (Kan.)

During the founding years of the NJCAA Women’s Division in the mid-1970’s, Alfreda Harris was one of the most successful and active coaches during the era. Harris led Roxbury Community College (Mass.) to five Region 21 championships while receiving league Coach of the Year honors from 1981-86. During her tenure, RCC posted a 130-20 record. She became the first female head coach in any sport for the University of Massachusetts – Boston (NCAA Division III) and was inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. She later served as the head women’s basketball coach at Emerson College (NCAA Division III). A strong advocate and driving force behind athletic and academic achievements of thousands of student-athletes in the City of Boston, Harris founded a SAT Preparation Program that serves high school students in Boston. She also founded girls’ basketball leagues and AAU teams for the city as well as the Owen Wells Fitness Center and the Reebok Educational Athletic Partnership that provides students with community programs in social development, computer skills and tutoring. For these efforts she was honored with the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. She has received a lifetime achievement award from the mayor of Boston and was recently awarded the Henry L. Shattuck Award for Public Service by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.  

Harris currently serves as a board member for the Shelbourne Community Council, Boston Neighborhood Basketball League and the Police Athletic League.

Susan Summons’ first success in the NJCAA came as a student-athlete at Roxbury Community College (Mass.). Under the guidance of head coach Alfreda Harris, she helped lead Roxbury to back-to-back appearances at the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament (1977, ’78). She later excelled at Lamar University, helping the Lady Cardinals to two postseason appearances in the regional AIAW Tournament. She began her head coaching career at Roxbury in 1982 and led the program to a 57-6 record through 1986, including an appearance at the NJCAA national tournament (1983). She is currently in her 27th season as the head coach at Miami Dade College (Fla.). Her teams have appeared in the Region 8 Championship Tournament 22 times, compiling a 432-196 in the process and six 20-win seasons. More importantly, the women’s basketball program at MDC has maintained an impressive 93 percent (93%) graduation rate. Her all-time head coaching record in the NJCAA stood at 458-325 heading into the 2012-13 season.

In addition to her work on the court, Summons is highly sought after and is considered one of the nation’s best motivational speakers. She has served on numerous committees and initiatives whose missions and focus has been the advancement of student success through education, athletics and women’s sports. She was a key player in the launch of the World Peace Youth Summit and in 2010 was honored by the Institute for International Sport and the World Youth Peace Summit at its historical Ambassadors of Peace Dinner. She was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sports. Summons was also a 2009 Pulitzer Prize nominator for the book “The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting” by Dan Doyle.

She is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the Florida Community College Hall of Fame and has received the WBCA Carol Eckman Award as well as the WBCA Josten Berenson Award, which recognizes service and advancement of athletics, education, sports ethics and commitment to the ideal of student success.

Gwyn Young has compiled an impressive resume in his 37 years as the head coach at Copiah-Lincoln. His head coaching record in the NJCAA of 797 wins and 232 losses makes him the winningest active women’s basketball coach in the organization. Under his direction, the Lady Wolves won 23 Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season first place finishes, 17 MACJC South Division Championships, 22 MACJC State Tournament appearances, six MACJC State Championships and been runner-up to the MACJC State Champions eight times.

The Lady Wolves have won seven NJCAA Region 23 Championships, finished regional runner-up nine times and have advanced to the NJCAA national tournament seven times. At the national tournament his teams have finished seventh (2010), sixth (2007), sixth (2007, 2011) and fourth (1989).

Young has garnered Region 23 Coach of the Year honors seven times and MACJC / Mississippi Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year five times.

A graduate of Copiah-Lincoln where he was a standout for the Wolves’ men’s basketball team, Young was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Copiah-Lincoln dedicated Gwynn Young Court to him in 2011 and he was inducted into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Kim Ortega is one of just a few basketball players to twice earn first-team NJCAA All-American honors when she achieved the feat following the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In two seasons at Seward County, she led the Lady Saints to a 71-1 overall record and a perfect 32-0 record in Region 6 play. During this time the SCCC Lady Saints won back-to-back Kansas Jayhawk West Division titles as well as the program’s second Region 6 tournament championship in 2002. The Lady Saints captured the NJCAA Division I Women’s Championship in 2002 with a perfect 38-0 record and she earned Tournament MVP and Player of the Year honors. For her two-year career at Seward County, she averaged 17.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 4.7 steals per game.

After SCCC, Ortega excelled on the court at Texas Christian University, helping the Lady Horned Frogs to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2003 Conference USA Tournament Championship. After one season of professional basketball, she returned to Seward County as an assistant coach in 2005. She most recently was an assistant women’s basketball coach at UNLV.

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