By JORDAN ALVES
CU sports information director
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Former All-American point guard and now head coach Ginger Colvin
added to her lustrous Campbellsville women’s basketball career Thursday afternoon.
With the Lady Tigers’ 86-65 win over Georgetown College on Thursday night in the
Mid-South Conference quarterfinal, Colvin surpassed 300-career wins.
In her 11th season, Colvin now has a 300-77 overall record and ranks No. 14 on the
action coaching list for the NAIA.
“Campbellsville University is truly blessed to have coaches the caliber of Ginger
Colvin,” said director of athletics Jim Hardy. “Her passion for success and
commitment to excellence are reflected in the eclipsing of this milestone in her
career. Congratulations Coach Colvin on this tremendous honor.”
Colvin is only the second head coach in women’s basketball history, as Hall of Famer
Donna Wise finished her career with 661 wins.
In CU athletics history, Colvin is fourth basketball coach in CU history with
300-plus victories. Wise is first with 661 (1976-2007), Lou Cunningham had 391 wins
(1966-72, 1978-97), Keith Adkins registered 322 (2000-2015) and Ginger Colvin now
has 300 (2008-present).
The Lady Tigers entered the Mid-South Conference Tournament as the two-seed after
finishing the regular schedule MSC schedule with an 12-2 record. CU boasts a 27-4
record after today’s win – three of the four losses have coming against NAIA Top 5
opponents and two were against the No. 1 team in the country (Freed-Hardeman and
The 27 wins is tied for third in the NAIA along with Science & Arts University.
Colvin sealed her 10th 20-win season on Jan. 27 with an 82-63 win over Cumberland
University. The lone season the Lady Tigers didn’t finish with 20-plus wins was her
first year at the helm in 2008.
Colvin, a four-time MSC Coach of the Year, has led Campbellsville to a pair of NAIA
Fab Four appearances, most recently in 2016-17 when the Lady Tigers pulled two
upsets in the NAIA Tournament – 73-56 over two-seed Baker University in the second
round and 73-70 over No. 1-overall seed Freed-Hardeman. CU fell to eventual national
champion Oklahoma City in the semifinal, 87-78. The National Tournament appearance
was also the 25th in program history – breaking the NAIA record. The Lady Tigers
will extend that record to 26 national tournament appearances when the qualifiers
are announced next week.
In 2016-17, the Lady Tigers made another MSC Tournament title run before falling the
in the championship game. Colvin’s Lady Tigers reached the NAIA Quarterfinals before
falling to Benedictine (Kan.).
In 2014-15, Colvin led the Lady Tigers to their most successful season in their
storied history. Campbellsville women’s basketball competed in the school’s
first-ever NAIA National Championship game. Although, the Lady Tigers fell to
Oklahoma City in the championship game, Campbellsville finished the season ranked
No. 2 (tying its highest ranking in history), tied the most wins in a season (33)
and also won its 18th overall conference regular season title (13 MSC, 5 KIAC). CU
was also a perfect, 13-0 at home throughout the regular season for the first time in
In 2013-14, the Lady Tigers won both the MSC regular season and tournament crowns.
The team reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament and finished the year
ranked No. 5.
In 2012-13, the Lady Tigers finished runner-up in the Mid-South Conference
Tournament and advanced to the Round of 16 of the NAIA National Tournament. They
finished the season ranked No. 10 in the nation.
The 2010-2011 season proved to be monumental as well. For the first time in Colvin’s
tenure, the Lady Tigers won the Mid-South Conference Tournament championship. They
were champions of both the MSC Tournament and regular season for the first time in
seven years. Another 30-win season ended in a seventh trip to the NAIA National
Tournament Elite Eight. The Lady Tigers finished the season ranked No. 2 in the
nation, the highest ranking till 2014-15.
In 2009-2010, the Lady Tigers became the first team in the history of the Mid-South
Conference to go undefeated in conference play. Additionally, the Lady Tigers were
named the NAIA National Team Champion of Character. To top it all off, Colvin was
named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and was a
finalist to be named WBCA National Coach of the Year.
Her Campbellsville University experience began in 1986 on the hardwood as a
student-athlete under then-head coach, Donna Wise. In her playing career, Colvin was
a star performer. In 1990, she was named a Third-Team All-American and the KIAC
Player of the Year. She is one of four Lady Tigers to be named as an All-Conference
selection for four consecutive seasons. She is also a member of the 1,000-point club
at Campbellsville University and a member of the Campbellsville University Athletics
Hall of Fame.
Impressively, Colvin still holds the NAIA national record for highest assist average
in a career. She also ranks first in CU Lady Tiger basketball history for assists in
a game, season and career.