Virginia Union University's AnnMarie Gilbert has been named the HBCU Women's Basketball Coach of the Year by HBCU Digest, it was announced on Saturday, August 3.
Presented by HBCU Digest, the HBCU Awards are the first and only national awards ceremony honoring individual and institutional achievements at history Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Gilbert will be entering her fifth season at the helm of the Lady Panther basketball program. In 2018-19, Gilbert guided VUU to a 28-3 record and the school's second consecutive CIAA Tournament Championship.
The Lady Panthers made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the fourth straight year where the school has landed an NCAA Tournament berth.
"It is truly a great honor to be selected for an HBCU Digest award," said Gilbert. "This award reflects the hard work our staff and players have put into bringing excellence to VUU and elevating our program to a national platform. What an exciting start to the upcoming season!"
Virginia Union begins the 2019-20 season when the Lady Panthers face Benedict College on Sunday, November 10, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.