One year ago this month, Mike Seney was brought in to coach the newly-revived CCBC Essex women’s basketball team that last fielded a team 15 years ago.
Thirty wins, a Maryland JuCo Conference title, an NJCAA Region XX championship and the Knights first berth in the NJCAA tournament since 1978 later, Seney has been named the JuCo Conference Coach of the Year.
It was the fifth Coach of the Year award for Seney, who previously coached at Harford Community College.
“It means a lot to be named coach of the year,” Seney said in a statement released by CCBC Essex. “It’s really a team award. Without my staff that I have around me, and our players that go out there and put the work in, I don’t win this award. I’m blessed”
Essex finished the season 30-2 overall and 12-0 in the Maryland JuCo Conference.
It was the first conference women’s basketball title for Essex in 38 years. The Region XX title was the first for the Knights since 1978.
The only blemish on the season was beyond Seney’s control. The coronavirus outbreak caused the NJCAA to cancel the national tournament, depriving the Knights of a shot at the title.
Essex was seeded ninth in the tournament. The Knights played three of the teams from last season’s NJCAA Final Four during the regular season, and defeated all three.
“Our goal since Day One was to Seney named Md win the Region XX tournament and go to the nationals,” Seney said. “Our [players] bought in and we achieved what we set out to accomplish.”
Essex was undefeated at home (12-0) and averaged 83 points per game for the season. The Knights led the nation in three-pointers (400-for-1,224).
The Knights finished the season ranked 12th in the NJCAA.
The two losses came against Wake Technical (N.C.) Community College 67-61, and 11th-ranked Niagara County Community College 112-77.
Essex ended the season on a 19-game winning streak.
When he took over at Essex, Seney immediately began building a national championship contender through careful recruiting.
Seney brought in three transfers from four-year colleges: Mya Moye (Florida A&M), Kasey Gagan (Universirty of Rhode Island) and Aislinn Flynn (Towson University).
Moye is from Washington D.C., Gagan from Rhode Island and Flynn from New York.
Two freshmen, Kendal Haggerty from Frederick County and Chesapeake High grad Trinity Horton, also played key roles.
Horton played all 32 games, averaged 10 points and hit 30 percent of her three-point attempts.
“I tell people recruiting is about getting the kids you are not supposed to get,” Seney said. “Kasey, Mya and Ais all could’ve gone to more established programs, and I’m forever grateful they chose CCBC Essex. They helped take this program to new heights.”
Seney’s career record is now 165-17, and he has a 99-game Maryland JuCo Conference winning streak.