Conway High girls basketball coach Ashley Nance will be honored next week as one of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s "Thirty Under 30" coaches of the year.

"This program, which is in its inaugural year, is designed to recognize coaches at every level who demonstrate that years of experience are not required to be leaders in our sport," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA, in a notification letter. "Your passion for coaching and your commitment to positively influence the lives of your student-athletes is worthy of acknowledgement, and your peers have noticed. By nominating you for this honor, they point to you as both a current ambassador and a future star of our game."

One coach in each of six divisions, college and high school, will be presented the Pat Summitt Trophy for national Coach of the Year. Nance will be honored during a session next week of the WBCA Convention in Indianapolis.

She led the Lady Cats to a 30-2 record and their third straight appearance in the 7A girls state championship game. She has led teams to state titles at both Conway and Conway Christian. "It is a honor to receive this award from the WBCA," Nance said. "I’ve been blessed the past eight years with unbelievable student-athletes and surrounded by a group of family members, friends, and fellow coaches who have helped to support and encourage me along the way."