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Valley's Monica Hang Named Coach of the Year

Women’s basketball Head Coach Monica Hang was named the WSC coach of the year.

By Courtney Bassler | Staff Writer
On March 10, 2011

This season the Lady Monarch basketball team had a lot to accomplish. Adjusting to new Head Coach Monica Hang and building chemistry amongst 10 new freshmen players, the goal of being the best in the Western State Southern Division Conference (WSC) was not be easy task.

But the Monarchs did just that.  The women on the team worked with Hang and the chemistry on and off the court showed through the team's play despite losing several players to injuries throughout the season.

"We had a lot of challenges and obstacles," Hang said.  "Once we found our chemistry, there was always someone getting hurt. We always had to accommodate and someone had to step up to the position."

One of the highlights of the season was beating College of the Canyons, which was undefeated, at Valley 68-64 on Feb. 9.

"I don't think we can complain, from last year's (place in the conference)… being fifth to being second. We beat the number one team in the conference, that is actually in the Elite Eight," said Hang.  "I think they achieved a lot."

However, the biggest win for the Lady Monarchs was Hang being awarded WSC Coach of the Year  and sophomores guard Porcha Davis and forward Richelle Najera making first team in the conference.

"I don't think it's an award for me, it's for the staff and the students who played for me [and] helped me get this," said Hang.

This is Hang's first honor as Coach of the Year and Athletic Director Diedra Stark was not surprised by her achievement.

"I'm so proud of her," said Stark. "I'm proud that the conference (was) able to look at what she accomplished in a short time. I'm ecstatic that the conference could see [her hard work.]"

On top of being Coach of the Year, Hang was happy to see two players from Valley make first team in the conference, especially since they set the bar for Monarch basketball.

"Both of them lead our team," said Hang.  "Richelle was our ‘big man,' everything pretty much ran around her.  Porcha, she has the tools defensively and offensively to guard and score for us. I think we need to give credit to the other players on the team. [They] couldn't have gotten first team without the sacrifice of their team."

Hang is hopeful that her second year at Valley will be as good as the first, with strong chemistry and respect being key components for the team next season.

"The student athletes… built a strong foundation, played hard and they represented the college in a positive way," explained Hang. "We're going to build on that, and we want more … we want to do well in the classroom and keep the reputation going."

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