HoopDirt.com 2022-23 JUCO Coach of the Year presented by Just Play Solutions

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2023

Rick Cabrera has been named as the HoopDirt.com Junior College Coach of the Year presented by Just Play Solutions for the 2022-23 college basketball season. Cabrera, who led Tallahassee Community College to a 31-6 record this season, was recently named as the new head basketball coach at NCAA D1 Northwestern State University. Cabrera qualified for this award by being named as the HoopDirt.com/Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week for Week 11 of the season.

In just his second season at TCC, Cabrera increased the Eagles win total from 21 to 31. His team was ranked in the NJCAA Top Ten for most of the season, climbing as high as number three in week ten, and finishing the season ranked #7. At the end of the regular season, Cabrera was tabbed as the Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year.

Cabrera’s Eagles also made a strong run in the national tournament, as they won three games, and advanced to the Final Four. They were knocked off by eventual National Champion John A. Logan, in a close game that TCC led at the half.

Following his tourney run, Cabrera was selected to take over at Northwestern State. This will be his first D1 head coaching position, after serving as a D1 assistant at Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech, and Chattanooga.

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:

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Division II

Division III



  • 2022-23: Rick Cabrera – Tallahassee Community College
  • 2021-22Greg Heiar – Northwest Florida State
  • 2020-21: COVID Season – No winner selected
  • 2019-20: Randy Casey – Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • 2018-19: Billy Gillispie – Ranger College
  • 2017-18: Paul Cisek – Brookdale Community College
  • 2016-17: Todd Lorensen – Southwestern Community College
  • 2015-16: Craig Doty – Rock Valley College


2022-23 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Pat Skerry – Towson University
NCAA DII: Matt Brock – University of Illinois Springfield
NCAA DIII: D.P. Harris – St. Vincent College
NAIA: Javier Heridia – Indiana University Northwest
JUCO: Kyle Fisher – Butler Community College

Week 2

NCAA DI: Frank Martin – UMass
NCAA DII: Eric Eaton – Saint Michael’s College
NCAA DIII: Glen Miller – University of Saint Joseph
NAIA: John Henry – William Penn University
JUCO: Hank Plona – Indian Hills College

Week 3

NCAA DI: Jerome Tang – Kansas State
NCAA DII: Brooks McKowen – Upper Iowa University
NCAA DIII: John Krikorian – Christopher Newport University
NAIA: Chase Teichmann – Florida College
JUCO: Brad Witherspoon – Dodge City Community College

Week 4

NCAA DI: Craig Smith – University of Utah
NCAA DII: Vinay Patel – Angelo State University
NCAA DIII: Matt McLaughlin – Bridgewater State University
NAIA: Chris Wright – Langston University
JUCO: Darren Stratton – Northern Essex Community College

Week 5

NCAA DI: Pat Duquette – UMass Lowell
NCAA DII: Brion Dunlap – Claflin University
NCAA DIII: Chris Bartley – WPI
NAIA: Jermael Bingham – Blue Mountain College
JUCO: Joey Cantens – Dayton State College

Week 6

NCAA DI: Richard Pitino – University of New Mexico
NCAA DII: Jeremy Currier – Young Harris College
NCAA DIII: Jason Harris – UMass Boston
NAIA: Robert Ford – St. Xavier University
JUCO: Bill Beilein – Niagara County CC

Week 7:

Christmas Holiday – no winners announced

Week 8:

New Year’s Holiday – no winners announced

Week 9

NCAA DI: Bart Lundy – Milwaukee
NCAA DII: Jeremiah Samarrippas – Lincoln Memorial University
NCAA DIII: Waleed Farid – Ithaca College
NAIA: Brandon McGruder – Mayville State
JUCO: Jeff Reinert – College of Southern Idaho

Week 10

NCAA DI: Chris Victor – Seattle University
NCAA DII: Johnny Estelle – Texas A&M-Kingsville
NCAA DIII: Sean Coffey – Utica College
NAIA: Donald Reyes – Loyola University of New Orleans
JUCO: Harley Fuller – Mohawk Valley CC

Week 11

NCAA DI: Amir Abdur-Rahim – Kennesaw State
NCAA DII: Paul Corsaro – University of Indianapolis
NCAA DIII: Jason Zimmerman – Emory University
NAIA: Jordan Mast – University of Antelope Valley
JUCO: Rick Cabrera – Tallahassee CC

Week 12

NCAA DI: Dusty May – Florida Atlantic University
NCAA DII: Bob Pietrack – Fort Lewis College
NCAA DIII: Pat Juckem – Washington University in Saint Louis
NAIA: Kory Alford – Huntington University
JUCO: Nick Wade – Lee College

Week 13

NCAA DI: David Riley – Eastern Washington University
NCAA DII: John Ellenwood – Ashland University
NCAA DIII: Anthony Medina – University of St. Thomas (TX)
NAIA: Clint Galyean – Wayland Baptist University
JUCO: Brandon Burgette – Kansas City Kansas CC

Week 14

NCAA DI: Chris Collins – Northwestern University
NCAA DII: Dean Johnson – Caldwell University
NCAA DIII: Todd McGuinness – Case Western Reserve University
NAIA: Eric Strothers – Tougaloo University
JUCO: Josh Mills – Dallas College – North Lake

Week 15

NCAA DI: Speedy Claxton – Hofstra University
NCAA DII: Jim Crutchfield – Nova Southeastern University
NCAA DIII: Ryan Cain – Keene State College
NAIA: Ted Albert – Indiana Tech
JUCO: Jeff Reinert – College of Southern Idaho

Week 16

NCAA DI: Shaka Smart – Marquette University
NCAA DII: Shane Paben – Chadron State College
NCAA DIII: Mitch Oliver – Albertus Magnus College
NAIA: Jordan Ashton – Iowa Wesleyan College
JUCO: Dajaun Gouard – Danville Area Community College

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