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Union’s Campbell, Ross earn TSWA Coach and Player of the Year awards

Lavanda Ross

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 4/30/2012 - After another successful season for the Union University women’s basketball team, two more honors for the program were announced Friday. Head coach Mark Campbell was selected as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Coach of the Year, while Lavanda Ross of Union was selected as the TSWA Player of the Year.

These awards are given annually and are voted on by the sports writers from all over the state of Tennessee. This marks the fourth straight TSWA Coach of the Year award for Campbell and fifth overall (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Ross earns the first TSWA Player of the Year award for Union.

Campbell, who is coming off a NAIA national runner-up finish during the 2010-11 season, Campbell directed the Bulldogs back to the national title game for the fourth straight season. Under Campbell, Union made its sixth appearance in a national championship game since 2005. Campbell led Union to titles in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, before finishing runner-up the past two seasons.

This season Union University finished 35-3 and won the TranSouth Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship. Over the past two seasons, Union University has a combined 70-5 record and is 178-9 over the past five seasons. Campbell, who is second all-time in wins at Union, went over the 400-win career mark this season. This season, Campbell coached the NAIA Player of the Year, Lavanda Ross, who was also the TSWA Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year.

Ross, a 5-foot-8 senior guard from Jackson, added one final award to her collection when she was named the TSWA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, as voted on by members of the organization.

The NAIA All-American was also named the NAIA National Player of the Year. Ross was named to an All-American team in all four seasons at Union. Ross averaged 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals. She had 92 totals steals and shot 57 percent from the field. Ross finished her career with over 2,000 points.


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