Conradt wins second national honor in three weeks

LAS VEGAS -- Texas women's basketball coach Jody Conradt was named the nation's outstanding collegiate women's basketball coach for 2003-04 at the 38th annual Academy of Victor Sports Awards on July 10.

Conradt joins the likes Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) and Gail Gostenkors (Duke), who in recent years also won the Victor Award for the top women's basketball coach.

Conradt ranks No. 4 in all-time collegiate basketball victories -- men's or women's -- with a career record of 847-268. This past season, Conradt led the Longhorns to a 30-5 record and to their third consecutive Sweet 16 showing, a streak which includes an appearance in the 2003 Final Four.

Texas was ranked No. 4 in the final AP Top 25 Poll (taken prior to the NCAA Championship). Texas also won its second consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, sharing the honor this year after winning it outright in 2002-03, and was Big 12 tournament runner-up after claiming the crown in 2003.

This is the second nationally recognized honor for Conradt in the last three weeks. On June 29, she received the CASEY Award for exceptional achievement by an amateur sports athlete, coach or administrator from the Kansas City Sports Commission.

For more than three decades, the Victor Awards have honored the country's most outstanding athletes. The Beverly Hills Hilton hosted the first academy awards of sports in 1967. Since then, more than 600 athletes and coaches have been honored by the Victor Awards, which consist of 35 awards spanning 15 sports.