SPOKANE, Wash. – The Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters have honored Whitworth women's tennis coach Jo Ann Wagstaff with the organization's 25-year award, along with her husband Bill Wagstaff.
It is the first time in the history of the award that a husband and wife have been jointly honored.
The award is given annually to those who have contributed, often behind the scenes, to the promotion and welfare of area sports.
Wagstaff is in her 29th year coaching the women's tennis team at Whitworth. She has led the Pirates to five Northwest Conference championships and two appearances each in the NCAA Division III and NAIA national tournaments. Wagstaff was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 1991 and NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year in 1987.
In addition to her coaching duties at Whitworth, Wagstaff has served as the department's Associate Director of Athletics with oversight of the budget. She is also designated as Whitworth's Senior Women's Administrator.
Bill has been the boy's tennis coach at nearby Mead High School for 36 years. His teams have won 15 Greater Spokane League championships. In 2010 he was given USTA Starfish Award at the US Open Tournament in New York City.