Grenek named KIAC Coach of the Year, McPhatter & Schartner on All-Conf. Team
Feb. 24, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Point Park's Tony Grenek is the 2012-13 KIAC Coach of the Year. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University head coach Tony Grenek was named the 2012-13 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year, and the Pioneers placed forward Ja'Nia McPhatter and guard Emily Schartner on the KIAC All-Conference team. The conference announced the 2012-13 KIAC All-Conference Team and individual awards on Sunday (Feb. 24).
Grenek is in his second year at Point Park, and he as been tabbed conference coach of the year both seasons. Last year, he was the American Mideast Conference Coach of the Year. Grenek, from Butler, Pa., was named the top coach in the KIAC this season by guiding the Pioneers (23-6, 11-4 KIAC) through a new conference with not only the toughest road schedule but also the KIAC Regular Season Title and the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament.
Grenek is 46-13 (.779) in his two seasons with the Pioneers. Before that, he was the top women's assistant at NCAA Division II Seton Hill for five years. This year, Point Park leads the KIAC in scoring defense (56.0 ppg), rebounding (42.8 rpg), field-goal percentage defense (.357) and turnover margin (+5.1).
Top-seed Point Park beat No. 8 seed Carlow, 54-44, in the KIAC Tournament quarterfinals at home Saturday (Feb. 23) and will play No. 5 seed IU Southeast (16-12, 8-7 KIAC) in the semifinals Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The semifinals and finals are being hosted by IU Southeast in New Albany, Ind.
McPhatter, a sophomore forward from New Castle, Pa., made her way onto the KIAC All-Conference Team as one of the top post players in the KIAC. The 5-9 McPhatter is eighth in the league in scoring at 14.9 ppg, third with 8.8 rpg and fourth with a field-goal percentage of .462. The transfer from La Roche (Pa.) College leads the Pioneers in all of those categories and also with nine double-doubles, a figure that ranks third in the KIAC.
Schartner, a senior guard from Finleyville, Pa. and Ringgold High School, made the all-conference team as one of best perimeter threats in the league. Her 12.3 ppg are good for 11th in the conference, and she is second in the KIAC with a total of 58 made 3-pointers and 2.00 made 3-pointers per game. Schartner, a transfer from NCAA Division I NJIT, is close to the Point Park single-season record for 3-pointers in season held by teammate April Austin with 65 treys in 2009-10.
Point Park is trying to get back to the NAIA Division II national tournament like it did last year for the first time in school history. The Pioneers can get an automatic bid with a KIAC Tournament title or else they will have to rely on a possible at-large bid related to national rankings. The Pioneers have been receiving votes in the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll all year.
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Below are the 2012-13 KIAC All-Conference Team and the Individual Awards
Player of the Year
Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd CollegeCoach of the Year
Tony Grenek, Point Park UniversityNewcomer of the Year
Carla Booth, Alice Lloyd College
New Castle, Pa.