Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guru Report: AP Final Poll Data

(Guru's note: There is a post below this with an enhanced NCAA Women's Schedule to show seeds and ranking numbers and it is organized by daily as opposed to region.)

By Mel Greenberg

Now that the crush of the bracket news has come and gone, here are some quick notes on AP poll history since the books on the 35th year closed Monday.

A total of 38 teams were ranked this season and seven in the preseason poll -- West Virginia, St. John's, Texas, Georgia, Iowa State, TCU and Vanderbilt did not make it to the final vote.

The replacements who came along were DePaul, Miami, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marist, Gonzaga, Georgia Tech and Marquette.

Tennessee is the only school to appear in all 35 final polls.

Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgetown, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Xavier went wire-to-wire, appearing in all 19 weeks.

Connecticut racked up 12 No. 1 appearances, missing seven after Baylor took over for the first time, following the Huskies' loss to Stanford that ended their record 90-game win streak as well as their long run at the top of the rankings.

Baylor and Connecticut stayed in the top five all season while they were joined in the Top 10 for a season-long residence by Duke, Texas A&M, Xavier, Tennessee, and Stanford.

In the final poll, Connecticut made it an even 10 appearances, far more than any other team. Here are the total finishes at No. 1, Top 5, and Top 10. Excuse the lack of alignment for a cleaner read off the cut-and-paste.

Georgia Tech made its first final poll appearance and DePaul made its first Top 10 appearance in a final poll.


No. 1 Finishes in Final Poll

Connecticut 10
Louisiana Tech 5
Tennessee 5
Texas 4
Duke 2
Old Dominion 2
Delta St. 1
North Caro. 1
Penn St. 1
Purdue 1
Stanford 1
Vanderbilt 1
Virginia 1

Top Five Finishes in the Final Poll

Tennessee 26
Louisiana Tech 17
Connecticut 15
Stanford 14
Texas 10
Old Dominion 9
Duke 6
Georgia 6
North Caro. 6
Maryland 5
Southern Cal 4
Auburn 3
Cheyney 3
LSU 3
Penn St. 3
Purdue 3
Steph. F. Austin 3
Baylor 3
Colorado 2
Iowa 2
Long Beach St. 2
Notre Dame 2
Ohio St. 2
Oklahoma 2
Texas Tech 2
Vanderbilt 2
Virginia 2
Xavier 2
Cal-St. Fullerton 1
Delta St. 1
Immaculata 1
La.-Monroe 1
Mississippi U. 1
Montclair St. 1
Nebraska 1
North Caro. St. 1
Rutgers 1
South Carolina 1
St. Joseph's 1
UCLA 1
UNLV 1
Washington 1
Wayland Baptist 1
Western Ky. 1


Top 10 Finishes in Final Poll

Tennessee 31
Louisiana Tech 23
Connecticut 18
Stanford 17
Duke 14
Maryland 13
Texas 13
Georgia 12
Rutgers 12
Old Dominion 11
Penn St. 11
Long Beach St. 10
Auburn 9
LSU 9
Ohio St. 9
Iowa 7
North Caro. 7
Purdue 7
Texas Tech 7
Virginia 7
Southern Cal 6
Cheyney 5
North Caro. St. 5
Oklahoma 5
Steph. F. Austin 5
Vanderbilt 5
Baylor 5
Notre Dame 5
Colorado 4
Mississippi U. 4
Texas A&M 4
UCLA 4
Iowa St. 3
Kansas St. 3
Wayland Baptist 3
Western Ky. 3
Alabama 2
Delta St. 2
Montclair St. 2
Xavier 2
Arizona 1
Arizona St. 1
Arkansas 1
California 1
Cal-St. Fullerton 1
Clemson 1
Colorado St. 1
DePaul 1
Florida 1
Houston 1
Immaculata 1
Kansas 1
La.-Monroe 1
Louisville 1
Miami 1
Michigan St. 1
Missouri St. 1
Nebraska 1
Queens 1
South Carolina 1
St. Joseph's 1
Tennessee Tech 1
UC Santa Barb. 1
UNLV 1
Valdosta St. 1
Washington 1
West Virginia 1

And Here's the updated word file list of coaches appearing in the poll. Incidentally, there will be a brief but simple overall in the middle of the summer to move teams with poll histories to their new conference alignments such as Nebraska to the Big 10 and Colorado and Utah to the future Pac-12. However, still maintained is the column showing the conference affiliation at the actual time of the ranking.

In introducing the list, Debbie Ryan is ninth all-time with Virginia the entire way, though again in the middle of the summer barring a collegiate coaching job somewhere else, she will move out of the active column.


Quick hits on AP poll (week 19 – for coaches’ appearances week No. 19 -- Final)
(This is 613th poll after week 19). (Records on pages through week 19 -- Final, 3/14/11)

Coaches With Three Ranked Teams
C. Vivian Stringer (Cheyney-85), (Iowa-155), (Rutgers-148), 388
Jim Foster (St. Joe-35), (Vanderbilt-164), (Ohio St.-147), 346
Gary Blair (Stephen F. Austin-79), (Arkansas-67), (Texas A&M-100), 246
Marianne Stanley (Old Dominion-141), (Southern Cal-24), (Stanford*-18), 183
Lin Dunn (Miami-2), (Mississippi-1), (Purdue-130), 133
Don Perrelli (Northwestern-52), (S. Conn.-20), (St. John’s-1), 73
Tom Collen (Colorado St.-34), (Louisville-17), (Arkansas-7), 58
Sharon Fanning-Otis (Kentucky-4), (Miss. St.-48), (Tenn.-Chattannoga-4), 56
Debbie Yow (Florida-2), (Kentucky-21), (Oral Roberts-1), 24

Co-Coaches
Kittie Blakemore, Scott Harrelson – West Virginia 8
Sonja Hogg, Leon Barmore – Louisiana Tech 51
Jill Hutchison, Linda Fischer – Illinois St. 3
Jim Jarrett, Joyce Patterson – Georgia St. 1
Marianne Stanley, Amy Tucker – Stanford 18
Jim Bolla, Sheila Strike – UNLV 18

Coaches All Time Ranking Appearances
1. Pat Summitt, Tennessee – 599 (missed just 14 polls in entire AP history)
2. Andy Landers, Georgia – 460
3. Tara VanDerveer (2 schools – Ohio St., Stanford) – 407
4. **-Jody Conradt, Texas – 395
5. C. Vivian Stringer (3 schools – Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers) – 388
6. Geno Auriemma, Connecticut – 367
7. Jim Foster (3 schools – St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Ohio St.) – 346
8. **-Rene Portland (2 schools – St. Joseph, Penn St.) – 336
9. Debbie Ryan, Virginia – 328
10. **- Kay Yow, North Caro. St. – 326
11. **-Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech (51-shared with Sonja Hogg) – 325
12. Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina – 312
13. **-Joe Ciampi, Auburn – 290
14. Gail Goestenkors (2 schools – Duke, Texas) – 287
15. **-Sue Gunter (2 schools – Stephen F. Austin, LSU) – 270
16. XX-Joan Bonvicini (2 schools – Long Beach, Arizona) - 267
17. **-Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech – 264
18. Van Chancellor (2 schools – Mississippi, LSU) – 261
19. Gary Blair, (3 schools – Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas, Texas A&M) – 246
20. **-Chris Weller, Maryland - 227
21. **-Theresa Grentz (2 schools – Rutgers, Illinois) – 225
22. Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame - 216
23. Sherri Coale, Oklahoma 193
24. **-Marianne Stanley (3 schools – Old Dominion, Southern Cal, Stanford*) – 183
25. **-Paul Sanderford (2 schools – W. Kentucky, Nebraska) – 182
26. **-Marian Washington, Kansas – 176
**-Not in college or not in as a head coach




Active Coaches-All Time AP Ranking Appearances
1. Pat Summitt, Tennessee – 599 (missed just 14 polls in entire AP history)
2. Andy Landers, Georgia – 460
3. Tara VanDerveer (2 schools – Ohio St., Stanford) – 407
4. C. Vivian Stringer (3 schools – Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers) – 388
5. Geno Auriemma, Connecticut – 367
6. Jim Foster (3 schools – St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Ohio St.) – 346
7. Debbie Ryan, Virginia – 328
8. Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina – 312
9. Gail Goestenkors, (2 schools – Duke, Texas) – 287
10. XX-Joan Bonvicini (2 schools – Long Beach, Arizona) - 267
11. Van Chancellor (2 schools – Mississippi, LSU) – 261
12. Gary Blair, (3 schools – Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas, Texas A&M) – 246
13. Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame – 216
14. Sherri Coale, Oklahoma – 193
15. Kim Mulkey, Baylor – 169
16. Joanne P. McCallie (2 schools - Michigan St., Duke) – 147
17. Wendy Larry, Old Dominion – 146
18. Melanie Balcomb (2 schools – Xavier, Vanderbilt) – 145
19. Bill Fennelly, (2 schools – Toledo, Iowa St.) – 131
20. Kristy Curry (2 schools – Purdue, Texas Tech) – 124
21. Doug Bruno, DePaul – 121
21. Brenda Frese (2 schools, Minnesota, Maryland) – 121
23. %%- Joe McKeown (2 schools – New Mexico St., George Washington) – 116
24.)))-Chris Gobrecht (Washington) - 104
25.@@@@- Cathy Inglese (2 school, Vermont, Boston College) – 98
26. !!!- Jane Albright (2 schools – N. Illinois, Wisconsin) – 96
27. Debbie Patterson, Kansas St. – 91
28. Kurt Budke (2 schools -Louisiana Tech., Oklahoma St.) – 80
29. Pam Borton, Minnesota – 75
30. Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona St. – 74
31. Joanne Boyle, California – 60
32. Tom Collen, (3 schools, Colorado St., Louisville, Arkansas) – 58
33. Sharon Fanning-Otis (3 schools – Tenn.-Chattanooga, Kentucky, Miss. St.) – 56
34. Sue Semrau, Florida St. – 55
35. ***-Kathy Olivier, UCLA 52
36. Kevin McGuff, Xavier – 50
37. Mike Carey, West Virginia – 47
38. Bonnie Henrickson, (2 schools -- Virginia Tech, Kansas) – 45
39. Harry Perretta, Villanova – 44
40. Suzy Merchant, Michigan St. – 41
41. Jeff Mittie, TCU – 38
42. Agnus Berenato (2 schools – Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh) – 37
43. Lisa Stockton, Tulane – 34
44. $$$- June Daugherty (2 schools – Boise St.,Washington) – 32
45. Nell Fortner (2 schools – Purdue, Auburn) - 30
46. Don Flanagan, New Mexico – 29
46. Terri Williams-Flournoy, Georgetown – 29
48. Lisa Bluder (Drake, Iowa) – 28
49. () - Dawn Staley (Temple) – 26
49. Connie Yori (Creighton, Nebraska) – 26
51. Sharon Versyp, Purdue – 25
51. Jeff Walz, Louisville – 25
&&-Active at Seattle; )))-Active at Yale; $$$-Active at Washington State.; %%-Active at Northwestern; () - Active at South Carolina; !!!-Active at Nevada; XX-Active at Seattle; @@@@-Active at Rhode Island; ()()-Active at Michigan.

-- Mel

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