Women's Basketball Coach Named

Conference Coach of the Year

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Dayna Torino, Women's Basketball Team Head Coach (far right), with
(l. to r.) Zoe Naylor, Assistant Coach; Betsy Santoro and Tierney McGlynn, captains

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Dayna Torino, Head Coach of the Women's Basketball Team, was named Coach of the Year for the Mountain Valley Conference. What makes this honor especially impressive is that Coach Torino's fellow coaches in the conference voted for her to receive the distinction.

Coach Torino, in her third season with the lady Royals, led the team to a birth in the sub-regional playoffs where they lost a close 77-67 game to Tompkins-Cortland Community College in overtime. She has led the Royals to double digit victories the past two seasons, winning 11 games each year. This was an especially challenging season for the Royals as injuries sidelined four players, with the team powering through each game with just six players. The team finished the season 11-15.

The nine other coaches in the conference selected Torino last month. The teams in the conference are: Adirondack, North Country, Clinton, Hudson Valley, Columbia-Greene, Fulton Montgomery, Herkimer, Mohawk Valley and SUNY Delhi.

SCCC Athletic Director David Gonzalez said that Torino possesses the special ability to encourage her players to be the best they can on and off the court. "Dayna excels at communicating with and motivating her players," Gonzalez said. "She gets the most out of them and they play the game the right way by playing unselfishly on offense and tenaciously on defense. It is a testament to her that they do."

Torino reflected on receiving the award. "It was a tremendous honor to be awarded coach of the year," she said. "However it's not just my award. The award is a testament to the perseverance and dedication of my players. They kept pushing when it would have been so easy to give up. This honor is not just mine. It belongs to my first-year assistant coach Zoe Naylor as well. I couldn't have done it without her."

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