Pam Borton
Pam  Borton

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Defiance College '87

1987-88 - Bowling Green
Graduate Assistant / Assistant Coach
1988-93 - Vermont
Assistant Coach
1993-97 - Vermont
Head Coach (69-46 Record)
1997-2000 - Boston College
Assistant Coach
2000-02 - Boston College
Associate Head Coach
2002-14 - Minnesota
Head Coach (236-152 Record)
Guided Minnesota to the 2004 Final Four
Led Minnesota to six NCAA
Tournament appearances
First coach in Big Ten history to win 25
or more games in each of her first three
Minnesota's 26 wins in 2004-05 were the
most wins for the Gophers in NCAA era
2004 National Coach of the Year by the
New England Basketball Hall of Fame
2003, 2005 Naismith National Women's
Coach of the Year finalist
Winningest coach in Minnesota women's
basketball history (236-152 | .608)
Holds second-most NCAA Tournament
wins among active Big Ten coaches
(9-6 | .600)
President/co-founder of TeamWomenMN,
a non-profit founded in 2011
Named to Minnesota Business Magazine's
"The (Real) Power 50" list in 2013
2011 Ann Bancroft Foundation Dream
Maker Award recipient
Helped BC to a 102-51 record and three
NCAA Tournament appearances
Posted a 69-46 record in four seasons
as head coach at Vermont
Defiance College (Ohio), 1984-87
Team Captain (1986, 1987)
2007 Defiance College Athletic Hall of
Fame inductee
Defiance College (Ohio), 1987
B.S. in Physical Education
Bowling Green State University, 1988
M.S. in Sport Management
Fayette High School (Ohio), 1983

Since her arrival in 2002, Pam Borton infused a culture of excellence into the Gopher women's basketball program both on and off the court. In 12 years at Minnesota, Borton guided the Golden Gophers to a Final Four, three Sweet Sixteens, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three seasons of 25 or more wins, while also becoming the winningest head coach in program history. Borton owns a career coaching record of 305-198 (.606), which includes a mark of 236-152 (.608) at Minnesota.

Coaching Excellence
Coach Borton was the first coach in Big Ten history to lead a school to 25 or more wins in each of her first three seasons. Borton's 76 wins over a span of her first three seasons with the Gophers ranks second in Big Ten annals. Even some of the greatest names in the history of coaching, such as Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma, are unable to boast of a trio of 20-plus win seasons out of the blocks, much less 25-plus. Borton's 26 wins during the 2004-05 campaign were the most in school history during the NCAA era. Borton was twice honored as one of 25 finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award (2003, 2005).

Academic Success
Under Borton's guidance, Minnesota graduated its student-athletes and achieved academic success, accomplishing over a 3.0 grade point average every year of her tenure. In addition to her teams' 3.0 grade point average, the Gophers also boasted a league-best 88 Academic All-Big Ten honorees over the span of 12 years.

Player Development | WNBA Draft Picks
In her time with the Gophers, Borton had three players selected in the WNBA Draft, including two in the first round. Lindsay Whalen became the first player in program history to be selected in the WNBA Draft when she was picked fourth overall in 2004 by the Connecticut Suns, while Janel McCarville was selected by the Charlotte Sting as the first overall draft pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft and remains the only player in Big Ten Conference history to be the first overall pick. Emily Fox was drafted in the third round of the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Borton also had seven players compete professionally overseas.

Community Involvement
Borton also made a huge contribution off the court, both in the University community and in communities throughout the state of Minnesota. Borton is the co-founder and President of TeamWomenMN, a non-profit organization in Minnesota known for "coaching emerging women leaders-at all levels," and was named to Minnesota Business Magazine's "The (Real) Power 50," a list of the 50 most important people to know if you wish to conduct business in the state of Minnesota. Borton also served as the department spokesperson for the University's 2005 Community Fund Drive campaign and raised over $1 million for a new locker room for the Golden Gophers, completed in 2006. A sought-after speaker in the public and private sectors, Borton has entertained crowds with her message of success, including appearances with Professional Women in Business groups, as well as several large local companies such as Best Buy, Cargill and Comcast. In 2011, Borton was honored with the Ann Bancroft Foundation's Dream Maker Award, which paid tribute to her leadership and contributions in the effort to encourage the achievements of girls and women. Borton was also active in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. In 2010, she was appointed to the WBCA Ethics Committee.

Playing Experience
A 1987 graduate of Defiance College in Ohio, Borton received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team, served as the team captain as a junior and senior, and was a third-team All-American both years. A three-time all-conference and all-district selection, Borton was named the conference and district player of the year as a senior. Borton scored more than 1,000 points during her collegiate career and was voted Defiance's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. Borton was inducted into the Defiance College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Borton by the Numbers
1 - NCAA Final Four appearance. Borton guided the 2003-04 squad to the National semifinals for the first time in program history

1 - NCAA Elite Eight appearance

3 - NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances

6 - NCAA Tournament appearances

.600 - Winning percentage in NCAA Tournament as Minnesota's head coach. Her 9-6 record ranks second among active Big Ten coaches

3 - Players selected in the WNBA Draft, including two in the first round. Lindsay Whalen (4th - 2004), Janel McCarville (1st - 2005), Emily Fox (30th - 2009)

88 - Academic All-Big Ten selections. The most of any Big Ten women's basketball program over last 12 years

3.0 - Team grade point average every year since Borton's arrival

2 - 2003, 2005 Naismith National Women's Coach of the Year finalist

25 - First coach in Big Ten history to win 25 or more games in each of her first three seasons

76 - Wins over a span of her first three seasons with the Gophers ranks second all-time in the Big Ten

236 - Wins as Minnesota's head coach. Most in program history

26 - Most wins in school history during the NCAA era during the 2004-05 season

7 - Gophers have gone on to play professionally overseas in Greece, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Moscow, Czech Republic, Russia and Turkey

1 - Olympic Gold medalist. Lindsay Whalen helped the USA women's basketball team win its unprecedented fifth-straight Gold medal at the London 2013 Olympic Games

4 - Players have been selected to compete with USA Basketball

Head Coaching Record

1993-94 Vermont 19-11 NCAA First Round
1994-95 Vermont 11-16
1995-96 Vermont 18-11
1996-97 Vermont 21-8
4 seasons 69-46 (.600)
2002-03 Minnesota 25-6 NCAA Sweet 16
2003-04 Minnesota 25-9 NCAA Final Four
2004-05 Minnesota 26-8 NCAA Sweet 16
2005-06 Minnesota 19-10 NCAA First Round
2006-07 Minnesota 17-16 WNIT Second Round
2007-08 Minnesota 20-12 NCAA First Round
2008-09 Minnesota 20-12 NCAA Second Round
2009-10 Minnesota 13-17
2010-11 Minnesota 12-18
2011-12 Minnesota 19-17 WBI Champions
2012-13 Minnesota 18-14 WNIT First Round
2013-14 Minnesota 22-13 WNIT Sweet 16
12 seasons 236-152 (.608)
16 seasons 305-198 (.606)


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