By Special to the Daily World
The Atlanta Tipoff Club has named Georgia Tech head women’s basketball coach, MaChelle Joseph, as its 2012 State of Georgia Women’s College Coach of the Year and senior center Sasha Goodlett as the 2012 State of Georgia Women’s College Player of the Year.
It is only the 16th time that one school has swept both accolades and only the second time Georgia Tech has won both postseason awards.
Chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Georgia Selection Committee, the pair will be recognized along with other award winners at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards Banquet presented by AT&T and Newell Rubbermaid on March 22 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.
The Lady Yellow Jackets have tied or eclipsed a number of program records this season. Tech entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed, the highest the program has ever received. A first-round win would set the school record for single-season wins with 25, despite not having any true home games as Tech’s new basketball arena, McCamish Pavilion, is being constructed.
“Coach Joseph did another great job this year focusing her team on the task at hand,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “The fact that we did not have a ‘home’ on campus was not a deterrent to the success of this team. The five senior players will leave Georgia Tech with the most wins of any senior class, but their ability to all graduate this spring might be the best accomplishment of all for this very decorated group. We are fortunate to have MaChelle’s leadership here at Tech.”
Georgia Tech tallied a program-record 12 ACC wins this season and advanced to the ACC Championship Game for only the second time in program history.
“I’m very honored the Atlanta Tipoff Club would recognize me with this award, but this award is a result of all the hard work by my staff and our players,” Joseph said. “All of us have made a commitment to getting this program to the next level this season. We’ve played for a championship, we’ve won the most games in the history of the program, and right now our focus is trying to advance this team and this program to the Sweet 16 and beyond.
“We couldn’t do that without all the hard work of the staff and the players throughout the course of the…