A week after locking up a strong six-player recruiting class, Virginia women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan yesterday rewarded the man primarily responsible for those signings, promoting assistant coach Shawn Campbell to associate head coach.
Campbell has been with the Cavalier program for 15 years and focuses on the team's recruiting and scouting.
"Shawn has been a top assistant in the country over the last decade," Ryan said in a press release. "He's very deserving of the title. He will no doubt have a head coaching job shortly."
Campbell's recruiting efforts paid off when Chelsea Whitaker, Anna Prillaman, Brandi Teamer, Joanna Kemp, Kristen Ambrose and Safiya Grant signed letters of intent.
Under the sea
To the surprise of virtually no one, sophomore Ed Moses and freshman Cara Lane captured MVP awards at the Virginia swimming and diving program's annual banquet Saturday night.
Moses shattered a pair of world shortcourse records a month ago at the NCAA Championships, where he won NCAA titles in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. Saturday he also received the Bernardino Endowed Swimming Scholarship.
Lane became the first Cavalier woman to capture an NCAA title by blowing away the field in the 1,500 freestyle.
Eight other Cavs received team honors at Saturday's banquet. For the full list of awards, see the bottom of this article.
Trial begins for former Cav star
The jury in the case of former Virginia basketball star Othell Wilson, who is accused of kidnapping and raping his former girlfriend, heard testimony from the alleged victim Tuesday in St. Mary's City, Md.
"He went into one of his rages," the 20-year-old woman testified, as reported by The Associated Press. "He was strangling me. He was on top of me, yelling at me and strangling me with both hands. He said, 'I want to punch you so bad, but I know I'd break your nose and there would be too much blood to clean up.'"
Wilson then had sex with her, the woman testified.
"I went along with what he said, because I did not want to give him reason to kill me," she said.
Wilson faces charges of first- and second-degree rape, kidnapping, first- and second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.
The 38-year-old Wilson, who teamed with Ralph Sampson to lead the Cavaliers to national prominence in the early 1980s, now coaches at St. Mary's College.
SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM AWARDS
|Men's MVP||Ed Moses, sophmore|
|Women's MVP||Cara Lane, freshman|
|Bernardino Endowed Swimming Scholarship||Ed Moses, sophmore|
|Diver of the Year||Courtney Colbert, junior|
|Men's Rookie of the Year||Evan Taylor, freshman|
|Women's Rookie of the Year||Mirjana Bosevska, freshman|
|Men's Hardest Worker||Jamie Grimes, junior|
|Women's Hardest Worker||Mirjana Bosevska, freshman|
|Men's Coaches' Award||Jared Felker, senior|
|Women's Coaches' Award||Emily Carrig, senior|
|Men's Academic Award||Austin Ramirez, senior|
|Women's Academic Award||Julie Gehm, senior|