The Winged Foot Award


Congratulations to the Baylor Bears and the Stanford Cardinal


The NYAC Winged Foot Award offers congratulations to Coaches Scott Drew and Tara VanDerveer for guiding their teams to victory in the 2021 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

In taking the men’s title Coach Drew and his Baylor Bears secured the school’s first national title, in the process ending an undefeated run by heavily favored Gonzaga. It was a spectacular conclusion to a captivating tournament with the winners deserving of every accolade.

In the women’s tournament, the Cardinal one point win over Arizona saw Stanford return to the top slot after a 29 year absence. Coach VanDerveer attributed the win to “some special karma.” More likely, it was due to superb guidance and a team imbued with a never-say-die spirit.

In earning the tournament titles and the 2021 Winged Foot Award, Coaches Drew and VanDerveer personify everything for which the Award stands: dedication, passion, commitment and the unfailing belief that those attributes developed on the field of play will serve young athletes well throughout their lives.

                            

About the Winged Foot Award


Established in 1996 by the celebrated New York Athletic Club, in the years since the Winged Foot Award has become synonymous with the spirit of collegiate basketball. Having been presented to some of the most accomplished coaches in NCAA history, the Award recognizes and acknowledges those men and women who guide, motivate and enable scholar athletes to reach the peak of their endeavors, both on and off the field of play.

With the incomparable Billy Packer as perennial host, the annual presentation of the Award takes place in the NYAC’s elegant City House overlooking Central Park South in mid-town Manhattan. Within those confines, a glittering array of coaching and athletic talent gathers each year once the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tournaments are concluded. To say that the event is celebratory hardly does it justice. As coaches such as Kim Mulkey, Geno Auriemma, Mike Krzyzewski, Jay Wright, Jim Boeheim and Carolyn Peck, to name just a few, will certainly attest, it is an evening that lives in memory.

While the spotlight of the Winged Foot Award shines brightly on the winning coaches, significantly the award also serves an altruistic purpose, with a donation being made in the name of each winning school to the Jimmy V Foundation. In that, the Award seeks not only to celebrate an invariably rousing tournament but also to lend support where it is decidedly needed. It need hardly be said that lending support is the very essence of good coaching.

Each year, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament captures the imagination of sports fans across the USA. It is now a tradition that, having captured the titles, cut down the nets and been doused with champagne, the tournament is not truly over until the Winged Foot Award has been presented to the coaches who have guided their athletes to the pinnacle of their dreams.

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The Recipients

Women

1999 - Carolyn Peck, Purdue
2000 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2001 - Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame
2002 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2003 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2004 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2005 - Kim Mulkey, Baylor
2006 - Brenda Frese, Maryland
2007 - Pat Summitt, Tennessee
2008 - Pat Summitt, Tennessee
2009 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2010 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2011 - Gary Blair, Texas A&M
2012 - Kim Mulkey, Baylor
2013 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2014 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2015 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2016 - Geno Auriemma, UConn
2017 - Dawn Staley, South Carolina
2018 - Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame
2019 - Kim Mulkey, Baylor
2020 - No Tournament
2021 - Tara VanDerVeer, Stanford

Men

1996 - Rick Pitino, Kentucky
1997 - Lute Olson, Arizona
1998 - Tubby Smith, Kentucky
1999 - Jim Calhoun, UConn
2000 - Tom Izzo, Michigan State
2001 - Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
2002 - Gary Williams, Maryland
2003 - Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
2004 - Jim Calhoun, UConn
2005 - Roy Williams, North Carolina
2006 - Billy Donovan, Florida
2007 - Billy Donovan, Florida
2008 - Bill Self, Kansas
2009 - Roy Williams, North Carolina
2010 - Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
2011 - Jim Calhoun, UConn
2012 - John Calipari, Kentucky
2013 - Rick Pitino, Louisville
2014 - Kevin Ollie, UConn
2015 - Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
2016 - Jay Wright, Villanova
2017 - Roy Williams, North Carolina
2018 - Jay Wright, Villanova
2019 - Tony Bennett, UVA
2020 - No Tournament
2021 - Scott Drew, Baylor