Bagwell Nominated for Prestigious Boston Sports Award

September 1, 2000

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College women's tennis coach Jackie Bagwell will be honored at the Third Annual Boston Sports Awards Gala on Monday, Sept. 18, at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston's Back Bay, as part of her nomination for the Boston Area Coach of the Year award. 

Bagwell, a native of Kokomo, Ind., has led Amherst's women's tennis team to three consecutive NCAA Division III Final Four appearances, including the college's first-ever tennis national championship team title in 1999. Her squads have also produced back-to-back national singles champions and a bevy of All-Conference and All-America performers during her 10-season tenure. 

"I attribute our success to great student-athletes and their strong desire to succeed," said Bagwell, who also coaches women's squash at Amherst. "The recognition I'm receiving is merely a byproduct of their hard work." 

The Awards Gala is the first sports awards program dedicated entirely to Boston area athletic personalities, honoring the tremendous work they do both on and off the field. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Boston Youth Sports Congress. 

The event will be hosted by ESPN sports anchors Linda Cohn and Steve Levy, featuring celebrity guests Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics, Anson Carter of the Boston Bruins, and Chad Eaton and Max Lane of the New England Patriots. Bagwell will vie for Coach of the Year honors against Boston Red Sox manager Jimmy Williams, Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns, and Maria DiClemente of the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.