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Texas A&M's Gary Blair named finalist for Naismith Coach of Year Award

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Attention Aggieland!

Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach, Gary Blair, has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.

An accomplished leader, Blair has brought the Aggies to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the program's history; with a first-round matchup against Troy next Monday, March 22 at 5 P.M.

In over 32 years as a collegiate level head coach, Blair has been listed in the top 35 of all-time active NCAA women's basketball coaches. In 2013, Blair was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The Dallas native has also coached A&M to its first SEC regular-season championship and its highest Associated Press Top-25 finish ever at No. 4.

This is Blair's third time as a finalist (2003, 2007, 2021), and has made A&M one of only six programs in the county to have a national championship-winning coach leading them.

How you can vote for the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Award

By visiting here , from March 19-31, fans will have the opportunity to cast a ballot daily. Also, there will be opportunities to vote via their official Twitter, right here .

The fan vote accounts for five percent of the overall vote, which will be tabulated and certified by Aprio, a premier CPA-led business advisory firm, headquartered in Atlanta.

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