Minnis is the first Crimson women's coach to earn Coach of the Years honors. (Zack Williamson)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis took home the 2015 CWPA Division I/II Coach of the Year, as announced by the conference Thursday. Four Harvard athletes garnered CWPA Division I/II All-Conference honors as well.
Minnis lead the Crimson to a 19-11 2015 regular season record in his fifth season at the helm, the most wins since 2004. This is the first Coach of the Year awarded bestowed on a Harvard women's water polo coach since the CWPA started giving out All-Conference awards in 1994. In his fifth season, Minnis became the winningest coach in the program's history, currently owning 86 wins, passing Chris Hafferty who amassed 81 wins in six seasons between 1986 and 1991.
Yoshi Andersen takes home her third consecutive All-Conference honor and her first-ever first team nod. Andersen led the team in goals for a second straight season, netting 56 in 2015. She was able to score at least one goal in 26 of the Crimson's 30 games this season, including eight hat tricks and three four-goal performances. Andersen also helped facilitate the offense all season tallying 35 assists, good for second most on the team, and registered 26 steals.
Junior Charlotte Hendrix was named to the All-Conference second team, the first nod of her career. Hendrix was the engine behind the Crimson's offense, finishing with a team-best 96 points on 55 goals and a team-high 41 assists. She also made 24 steals on the defensive end for the Crimson in 2015.
Sophomore Melissa Balding and senior Ariel Dukes were named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Balding, 2014's CWPA Rookie of the Year, found the back of the net 46 times in 2015, adding 20 assists and 17 steals. Dukes takes home her second All-Conference nod after stopping 138 shots in her final season for the Crimson. Dukes closes out a wonderful career at Harvard with 803 saves as the starting goal keeper during the programs most successful four-year stretch.
The Crimson is back in action tomorrow, Friday, April 23 at 3 p.m. against No. 20 Hartwick at the CWPA Championships.