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Jennie Baranczyk, Bill Fennelly on Naismith Coach of Year List

Jennie Baranczyk - Oklahoma Women's Basketball

Oklahoma head coach Jennie Baranczyk and Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly are the two Big 12 coaches on the Naismith Coach of the Year watch list, released on Wednesday.

Baranczyk is in her first year with the Oklahoma Sooners, while Fennelly is in his 27th season with Iowa State.

The Cyclones lead the Big 12 Conference entering their game with Texas on Wednesday, while the Sooners are a game back as they host Texas Tech. The Sooners and Cyclones play each on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.


Baranczyk, who succeeded Sherri Coale, has led the Sooners (20-4, 9-3 in Big 12) to four Top-25 wins this season, the most of any first-year head coach in OU history. The Sooners also swept Baylor for the first time in more than a decade. The Sooners are off their best start in 13 seasons and have reached 20 wins the third-fastest in program history.

Fennelly has led the Cyclones (21-3, 10-2) to a 21-3 start for the first time in program history. The Cyclones trying to win their first Big 12 regular-season crown since the 2000 season. ISU is one of 11 teams nationally to have at least seven wins over teams in the NCAA’s NET Top 50.

2022 Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year

Late-Season Watch List

(Big 12 Coaches in Bold)

Jennie Baranczyk, Oklahoma

Adia Barnes, Arizona

Kim Barnes-Arico, Michigan

Bill Fennelly, Iowa State

Kelly Rae Finley, Florida

Nell Fortner, Georgia Tech

Kellie Harper, Tennessee

Jeff Judkins, BYU

Wes Moore, NC State

Teri Moren, Indiana

Kim Mulkey, LSU

Karl Smesko, FGCU

Dawn Staley, South Carolina 

Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

Jeff Walz, Louisville

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