Craig Mortensen

Craig Mortensen

Mortensen named District 7 Coach of the Year


Accolades for Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen keep rolling in.

On Friday, The Women's Basketball Coaches Association named Mortensen District 7 Coach of the Year.

Mortensen is one of eight high school girls basketball coaches chosen throughout the United States.

"It's pretty nice to have that kind of recognition," Mortensen said. "But you don't accomplish something like that without a good supporting cast. Everybody who's ever played for me, the administration and my wife have all made it possible for me to last as long as I have."

Mortensen received the second-most number of votes and will coach in the 20th Annual WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike on April 4 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

The event features the best 25 high school girls basketball players in the nation, with many signed to Division I colleges.

The game is played before the Women's College Final Four tournament in the same location.

"It's a great honor to be selected to this event," WBCA Director of Communications Summer McKesson said. "It's a chance to be around the best high school players in the country, who are going to have an impact and lay down the footwork for the future of women's college basketball."

Mortensen will lead the White Team, opposite of Blue Team coach, WBCA National High School Coach of the Year Linus McGinty, of West Philadelphia, Pa.

Serving as Mortensen's assistant coach is John Lincoln, of Lincoln, Neb., the District 5 Coach of the Year.

The White Team also will have co-captain Tina Thompson, of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, on the sideline.

"All the girls are DI signees," Mortensen said. "Some of the girls have signed with Notre Dame and Stanford and a lot of those big-time programs.

"We only have one practice before the game, so I'm just going to let them play and hang out and have some fun."

The honor is the third bestowed upon the coach in the past month. Mortensen picked up his 500th career victory Feb. 17 and was nominated to the Colorado High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Feb. 23.


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