Week 10: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 10 HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions. The coaches are now eligible to receive the HoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year Award presented by Just Play Solutions which will be announced at the conclusion of the 2018-19 college basketball season.

Nominations for next week’s award can be emailed to: [email protected].

The Week 10 winners are:

NCAA DI: Nate Oats – University of Buffalo

Nate OatsCoach Oats led the 16th ranked Bulls to another pair of victories this week, remaining perfect in MAC play. On Tuesday, Buffalo took an 88-79 victory at Western Michigan, overcoming an 11-point first half deficit. The Bulls then returned home, where they picked up their 20th straight home victory in a 77-65 win over Eastern Michigan. This win moved Buffalo to 17-1 on the season – the best start in program history. They will look to continue their domination of the MAC in a road match-up against Northern Illinois on Tuesday.

NCAA DII: Tobin Anderson – St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)

Coach Anderson’s squad picked up two more conference wins this week, including a huge match-up to take sole possession of first place in the ECC. STAC first grabbed an 88-82 victory over Queens (NY) to extend their winning streak to three. The #14 overall Spartans then traveled to take on Molloy on Saturday in a showdown of conference unbeatens. They came away with a 74-62 win, taking sole possession of first in the ECC and moving to 15-2 overall on the season. St. Thomas Aquinas is back in action on Friday as they travel for a meeting with Daemen.

NCAA DIII: Jeff Brown – Middlebury College (VT)

It was a memorable stretch for Coach Brown, as he was able to pick up his 400th career victory and knock off a top-5 opponent in the same week. With a 103-92 victory at Albertus Magnus on Tuesday, Coach Brown earned the 400th victory of his career, improving his career record to 400-237. Following this milestone win, the Panthers took down #3 Williams 80-66 on the road, handing them just their second loss on the season. With these two big wins, Middlebury moves to 14-5 (3-2 NESCAC) on the season. They will look to stay hot as they face off against Trinity on Sunday.

NAIA (co-winner): Donnie Butcher – University of the Cumberlands (KY)

Two top-10 teams this week fell at the hands of Coach Butcher’s squad, who improved to 15-5 on the season. The Patriots were able to pick up their first conference win of the season, knocking off #6 Georgetown College (KY), who had entered the matchup at 17-1, on Thursday. The schedule got no easier for UC, as up next was a showdown against 10th ranked Campbellsville. They rebounded from a 16-point halftime deficit to take a thrilling 77-76 victory and move to 2-3 in conference play. The Patriots next game is a road match-up against Lindsey Wilson College on Thursday.

NAIA (co-winner): Kevin Easley – Life University (GA)

coachkevineasley18Easley’s Running Eagles downed two top-10 teams this week and took over sole possession of first place the Mid-South Conference. Life U opened the week by shooting 50% from the field for the game in a 82-68 upset over #10 Campbellsville. Their winning ways continued on Saturday when they downed #6 Georgetown College 97-88 in another game where they shot a scorching 50%. With the two wins this week, Easley’s squad now sits in first place at 4-1 in the Mid-South standings. They return to action Thursday night when they travel to Cumberland University (TN).

JUCO: Chris Oney – Pearl River CC (MS)

Chris OneyPearl River Community College, led by Coach Oney, won two more games this week to remain unbeaten on the season. The Wildcats first took a hard-fought 75-68 victory over Jones College on Monday, using a late run to secure the win. Another late surge propelled PRCC to a 91-80 defeat of Hinds CC on Thursday. With the win, the Wildcats move to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. They remain the only undefeated team in the nation, and are back in action on Tuesday against Mississippi Gulf Coast CC.

[Coach of the Week written and compiled by HoopDirt.com contributor AJ Nelson]

2018-19 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Bob Richey – Furman University
NCAA DII: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State University
NCAA DIII: Dale Wellman – Nebraska Wesleyan University
NAIA: Aaron Coombs – Oklahoma Pan Handle State University
JUCO: Anthony Figueroa – Parkland College (IL)

Week 2

NCAA DI: Greg McDermott – Creighton University
NCAA DII: Stan Gouard – University of Indianapolis
NCAA DIII: Quintin Grogan – Johnson & Wales University Denver
NAIA: Mike Newell – Dillard University (LA)
JUCO: Craig Fletchall – Barton Community (KS)

Week 3

NCAA DI: Eric Musselman – University of Nevada
NCAA DII: Jeff Price – Lynn University (FL)
NCAA DIII: Jimmy Smith – Millsaps College (MS)
NAIA: Rocky Lamar – MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS)
JUCO: Nkrumah Jones – Bunker Hill Community College (MA)

Week 4

NCAA DI: Frank Haith – University of Tulsa
NCAA DII: Billy Taylor – Belmont Abbey College (NC)
NCAA DIII: Andrew Weber – Rockford University (IL)
NAIA: Mike McBride – Holy Cross College (IN)
JUCO: Mark White – Tallahassee Community College (FL)

Week 5

NCAA DI: Rick Barnes – University of Tennessee
NCAA DII: Scott Burrell – Southern Connecticut State University
NCAA DIII: Larry Anderson – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NAIA: Stan Holt – Langston University (OK)
JUCO: Hank Plona – Indian Hills Community College (IA)  
USCAA: Patrick Crarey, II -Washington Adventist University (MD)

Week 6

NCAA DI: Kelvin Sampson – University of Houston
NCAA DII: Eric Bovaird – Chaminade University (HI)
NCAA DIII: Carl Danzig – University of Scranton (PA)
NAIA: Jared Ronai – Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH)
JUCO: William West – Prince George’s Community College (MD)

Week 7

NCAA DI: Johnny Jones -Texas Southern University
NCAA DII: Jim Crutchfield – Nova Southeastern University (FL)
NCAA DIII: Tom Spanbauer – SUNY Cortland
NAIA: Jayson Artaz – Bethel College (KS)
JUCO: Jeff Brustad – Monroe College (NY)

Week 8

NCAA DI: Chris Mullin – St. John’s University
Scott Davenport – Bellarmine University (KY)
Matt Siverling – Wisconsin-Eau Claire
R-Jay Barsh – Southeastern University (FL)
Mark Bunker – Scottsdale CC (AZ)
Don Silveri – Villa Maria College (NY)

Week 9

NCAA DI: Kermit Davis – Ole Miss
Bart Lundy – Queens University of Charlotte
Greg Dunne – SUNY Brockport
Ty Harrelson – Wayland Baptist University (TX)
Mike Burris – Olney Central College (IL)
LeShawn Hammett – Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

2017-18: Porter Moser – Loyola University Chicago
2016-17: Chris Collins – Northwestern University
2015-16: Roy Williams – University of North Carolina

Division II

2017-18: Andy Bronkema – Ferris State (MI)
2016-17: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State
2015-16: Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University (TN)

Division III

2017-18: Eric Bridgeland – Whitman College (WA)
2016-17: Stephen Brennan – Babson College (MA)
2015-16: John Tauer – University of St. Thomas (MN)


2017-18: Craig Doty – Graceland University (IA)
2016-17: Kevin Burton – Union College (KY)
2015-16: Larry Cordaro – LSU-AlexandriaN


2017-18: Paul Cisek – Brookdale Community College (NJ)
2016-17: Todd LorensenSouthwestern Community College (IA)
2015-16: Craig Doty – Rock Valley College (IL)

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