The 2014 winner will be announced on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn.
Jamelle Elliott, a 1996 UConn graduate and key member of Connecticut's 1995 NCAA National Championship (35-0) team, is entering her 12th season as an assistant coach at her alma mater.
Building on her success as a player for the Huskies, Elliott has helped guide UConn to a 363-36 record in her 11 years as an assistant coach at Connecticut.
The team has earned six NCAA Final Four berths and captured four national titles in that span. In conference action, the team has won the BIG EAST regular season title in nine of her 11 seasons, while also claiming a total of eight tournament crowns.
Primarily working with the Huskies post players, she has guided numerous pupils to All-America and All-BIG EAST honors including Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Tamika Williams and most recently, 2006-07 BIG EAST and National Freshman of the Year, Tina Charles.
In addition, Elliott has served the community off-the-court by being an active member of the Nutmeg Big Sister program.
Elliott, a four-year letterwinner, helped build the UConn dynasty and finished her career ranked No. 2 among UConn's all-time rebounding leaders (1,054), No. 5 in BIG EAST career rebounding (558) and No. 11 in UConn career scoring (1,387).
Elliott, at the time, became only the second player in UConn history to surpass the 1,000 point and 1,000 rebound milestones. She is among the UConn career leaders for games played with 135, never missing a single game or practice in her four collegiate years. In her four years as a player, UConn posted an overall record of 117-18.
After graduating from Connecticut with a degree in business management, Elliott went on to earn her graduate degree in sports management at UConn in 1997.
During her senior year, Elliott was honored by the UConn Club as its "Outstanding Senior Athlete". She was also named the Most Outstanding Player at the Hartford Courant Connecticut Classic and was a member of the 1995 NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team.
Elliott, a native of Washington, D.C., was named to the Washington Post All-Metro Team as well as being named Scholar-Athlete at H.D. Woodson High School.