West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has been named the Furfari Award winner as the state’s top college coach, as voted on by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Named in honor of the late local sports writer, Domenick (Mickey) Furfari, Izzo-Brown will be honored on May 21 at the 71st Victory Awards Dinner at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.
The first college soccer coach to win the award, Mountaineer coaches Bob Huggins (men’s basketball), Mike Carey (women’s basketball) and Jon Hammond (rifle) also were finalists.
Izzo-Brown receives the award after leading the Mountaineers to a national runner-up finish in 2016 in the program’s first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance in 21 years. Ranked No. 1 nationally for eight weeks this year, WVU finished the season with a 23-2-2 (8-0) record and earned the Big 12 Conference regular-season and postseason championships. Since joining the conference in 2012, Izzo-Brown, the five-time reigning Big 12 Coach of the Year, has led WVU to eight Big 12 titles.