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Tracey Dorow was named head coach of the Valparaiso women's basketball program in April of 2012. The 2017-18 season will be her sixth in charge of Valpo's program. In her career as a head coach, Dorow has amassed 275 victories.
Dorow has led the Crusaders to a Horizon League tournament victory in four of her first five seasons at the helm. During the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Valpo boasted three all-freshman team members, a Freshman of the Year, a Sixth Player of the Year, an all-league second-team honoree and an all-defensive team member. The Crusaders have enjoyed a signficant uptick in all-league recognition under Dorow's watch, as they had three total league honors in the five seasons before that three-year span.
Dorow arrived at Valpo after spending 14 seasons as the head coach at Ferris State University, guiding the Bulldogs to four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division championships, and four 20-win seasons.
In her 14 seasons at Ferris State, Dorow compiled a 232-163 (.587) record, including a 23-7 mark in 2011-2012 while guiding the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The all-time winningest coach in FSU history, she led her squad to the Sweet Sixteen in 2007.
The GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2003-2004, Dorow had five players earn a total of seven All-American honors and had seven players tally 10 total All-Region Team accolades. Her student-athletes earned All-GLIAC honors 22 times and 10 times she had players represented on the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. Under Dorow’s guidance, Ferris State produced the GLIAC Player of the Year in 2000-2001, and she twice coached the GLIAC Freshman of the Year.
Dorow’s student-athletes also excelled in the classroom, as three times she has led a First Team Academic All-American and 14 times her players have earned Academic All-District honors. A total of 45 different players earned GLIAC All-Academic recognition during her time at Ferris State. Ferris State posted the No. 1 grade point average in the country in Division II for the 1999-2000 women’s basketball season, and her team ranked second in the nation in 2002-2003.
Dorow began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Lake Michigan Community College in Benton Harbor, Mich., where she helped lead the Indians to a 69-22 record in three seasons, winning two Western Collegiate Conference titles. Lake Michigan finished fourth in the 1997 NJCAA national tournament and held a No. 1 national ranking in February of that same season. She also spent one season as a graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis.
A collegiate player at Illinois State from 1990-1993, she led the Redbirds in assists as a sophomore while finishing seventh in the Gateway Conference that same season. After transferring to Northern Michigan University for the 1993-1994 season, she earned Newcomer of the Year and Best Defensive Player honors for the Wildcats. Dorow had 131 assists and made 54 threes at NMU in her one season there. As a prep player, she finished third in the state of Michigan for Miss Basketball in 1990 and was named to the Detroit Free Press All-Decade Team.
Dorow earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1996 and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2003 in curriculum and instruction. She has two children: Lainie and Baxter.