A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Caroline Coyer
School: Oakton (Va.)
Athletic achievement: Coyer has led the Cougars to a 29-0 record and a berth in the Group AAA state semifinals against Woodside (Newport News, Va.), played Wednesday. She averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals entering the state final four. A two-time Northern Region Player of the Year and a 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection, Coyer has scored 1,556 points and recorded 584 assists in her prep basketball career as one of two Group AAA players ever to reach 1,500 points and 500 assists.
Academic excellence: Coyer has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has donated her time creating graphics and marketing materials for Fund It America, which raises money for wounded veteran associations. She has also volunteered locally at battered women’s shelters and as a youth basketball and soccer coach.
“Caroline Coyer is a great team player, but don’t get me wrong, when she’s on the floor running the point it’s obvious who’s in charge,” said T.J. Dade, head coach at Robinson (Fairfax, Va.). “She is an extension of her coach on the floor. She gets her teammates involved and makes everyone around her better.”
THE FUTURE: Coyer has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Villanova University this fall.