HoopDirt.com 2020-21 NCAA D2 Coach of the Year presented by Just Play Solutions

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2021

For the third time in just six years, Northwest Missouri State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ben McCollum has been named as the HoopDirt.com NCAA D2 Coach of the Year presented by Just Play Solutions. McCollum qualified for the award by being named as the HoopDirt.com/Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week for Week 14 of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

Coach McCollum led Northwest Missouri State to a 28-2 (21-1 MIAA) campaign this year, capped off by his third National Championship since 2017. The Bearcats won 21 games by double-digits, and did not lose a road contest all season (12-0).

McCollum’s squad lost two games to Washburn this season, including the MIAA Championship game on a 55-foot buzzer-beating shot. However, the Bearcats avenged these losses in the National Tournament, where they took down Washburn by a score of 85-44 in the second round. Northwest won four of its five National Tournament games by 20 or more points, and defeated West Texas A&M 80-54 to capture the title.

The victory in the National Championship game marked Coach McCollum’s 300th career win in his 12 seasons with Northwest Missouri State. He holds a career record of 300-78, and has gone an astounding 97-3 over the past three seasons. McCollum was named the MIAA Coach of the Year this season for the seventh time. He was also recently acknowledged as the NABC Division II Coach of the Year for a record-setting fourth time in his career, having also won the award in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Previous Coach of the Year recipients can be found below, as well as all of this season’s Coach of the Week winners.

Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

Division II

  • 2020-21: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State
  • 2019-20: Fred Watson – Miles College (AL)
  • 2018-19: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State
  • 2017-18: Andy Bronkema – Ferris State (MI)
  • 2016-17: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State
  • 2015-16: Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University (TN)

Division III




2020-21 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Mark Few – Gonzaga University
NCAA DII: Jeff Horner – Truman State University (MO)
NCAA DIII: Clif Carroll – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
NAIA: Greg Tonagel – Indiana Wesleyan University
JUCO: No week 1 winner awarded

Week 2

NCAA DI: Mike Magpayo – UC Riverside
NCAA DII: Brian Good – Wingate University (NC)
NCAA DIII: No week 2 winner awarded
NAIA: Dugan Lyne – Martin Methodist College (TN)
JUCO: No week 2 winner awarded

Week 3

NCAA DI: Lamont Paris – Tennessee Chattanooga
NCAA DII: Mike DeGeorge – Colorado Mesa University
NCAA DIII: Neal Young – Covenant College (GA)
NAIA: Chris Dial – Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
JUCO: No week 3 winner awarded

Week 4

NCAA DI: Chris Collins – Northwestern University
NCAA DII: Chad Warner – Flagler College (FL)
NCAA DIII: No week 4 winner awarded
NAIA: Danny Neville – University of Jamestown (ND)
JUCO: No week 4 winner awarded

Week 5

NCAA DI: Bryan Mullins – Southern Illinois University
NCAA DII: No winner – mandatory DII winter break
NCAA DIII: No week 5 winner awarded
NAIA: Mark Svagera – Briar Cliff University (IA)
JUCO: No week 5 winner awarded

Week 6

NCAA DI: Frank Haith – University of Tulsa
NCAA DII: Vinay Patel – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
NCAA DIII: No week 6 winner awarded
NAIA: Will Shouse – Asbury University (KY)
JUCO: No week 6 winner awarded

Week 7

NCAA DI: Shaka Smart – University of Texas
NCAA DII: Dan Ficke – Belmont Abbey College (NC)
NCAA DIII: Reni Mason – Louisiana College
NAIA: Delano Thomas – Shawnee State University (OH)
JUCO: No week 7 winner awarded

Week 8

NCAA DI: Isaac Brown – Wichita State
NCAA DII: Bubba Smith – Lee University (TN)
NCAA DIII: Damion Jablonski – Whitworth University (WA)
NAIA: Chris Wright – Talladega College (AL)
JUCO: No week 7 winner awarded

Week 9

NCAA DI: Tony Pujol – University of North Alabama
NCAA DII: Blake Flickner – Dallas Baptist University
NCAA DIII: Bill Sall – Calvin University (MI)
NAIA: Kyle Blankenship – LSU Shreveport
JUCO: Jeff Reinert – College of Southern Idaho

Week 10

NCAA DI: Lon Kruger – University of Oklahoma
NCAA DII: Kelvin Jefferson – Gannon University (PA)
NCAA DIII: Clay Nunley – Roanoke University (VA)
NAIA: Ryan Wall – Texas A&M – Texarkana
JUCO: Luke Strege – Mineral Area College (MO)

Week 11

NCAA DI: Dennis Gates – Cleveland State
NCAA DII: Johnny Estelle – Texas A&M Kingsville
NCAA DIII: Brooks Miller – Trine University (IN)
NAIA: Josh Gamblin – Mid-America Christian (OK)
JUCO: Brandon Giles – Polk State College (FL)

Week 12

NCAA DI: Scott Davenport – Bellamine University
NCAA DII (Co-Winner): Todd Eisner – Winona State University (MN)
NCAA DII (Co-Winner): Mike Helfer – Valdosta University (GA)
NCAA DIII: Bill Fenlon – DePauw University (IN)
NAIA: John Teasley – Stillman College (AL)
JUCO: Pete Pena – Pensacola State College (FL)

Week 13

NCAA DI: Casey Alexander – Belmont University
NCAA DII: Tobin Anderson – St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)
NCAA DIII: John VanderWal – Marietta College (OH)
NAIA: Justin Newton -Reinhardt University (GA)
JUCO (Co-Winner): Bryan Bender – Southwest Mississippi CC
JUCO (Co-Winner): Matt Ridge – Davidson-Davie CC (NC)

Week 14

NCAA DI: Mike Boynton – Oklahoma State
NCAA DII: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State
NCAA DIII: Scott Coval – DeSales University (PA)
NAIA: Marcus “Chief” Bryant – Keiser University (FL)
JUCO: Chris Parker – Arkansas State Mid-South

Week 15

NCAA DI: Todd Simon – Southern Utah University
NCAA DII: Brett Ballard – Washburn University (KS)
NCAA DIII: Aaron Greiss – Augsburg University (MN)
NAIA: John Henry – William Penn University (IA)
JUCO (Co-Winner): Joseph Eatmon – Shelton State College (AL)
JUCO (Co-Winner): Steve Green – South Plains College (TX)

Week 16

NCAA DI: Rick Pitino – Iona College
NCAA DII: TJ Rosene – Emmanuel College (GA)
NCAA DIII: Ron Rose – Illinois Wesleyan University
NAIA: Steve Drabyn – Bethel University (IN)
JUCO: Mark Leslie – Trinity Valley CC (TX)

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