Week 11: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

By AJ Nelson, HoopDirt.com staff writer

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 11 HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions. These 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 2019-20 college basketball season.

This is the fifth season that HoopDirt.com has run the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs. The previous 2019-20 weekly winners, and a list of all-time COY winners can be found following this weeks honorees.

To nominate coaches for future weeks, please email [email protected] with your selection(s).

The Week 11 winners are:

NCAA DI: Anthony Grant – University of Dayton

Grant 3Coach Grant’s Flyers continued their stellar play this week, winning two more games to improve to 18-2 on the season. On Wednesday, No.7 Dayton never trailed in a dominant 86-60 victory over St. Bonaventure. The Flyers next traveled to take on Richmond on Saturday, coming away with an 87-79 win to mark their ninth straight victory. Now a perfect 7-0 in A-10 play, Dayton will look to make it 10 in a row when they face off against Duquesne in a road contest on Wednesday.

NCAA DII: Matt Majkrzak – Northern Michigan University

Matt Majkrzak Coach Majkrzak guided Northern Michigan to a pair of impressive road victories this week, including one over a ranked opponent. The Wildcats took down Davenport by a score of 67-58 on Thursday, using a strong second half to pull away from the home team and get back to .500 on the season. Northern Michigan’s road trip continued on Saturday, when they took on No. 11 Grand View – who was unbeaten at home heading into the match-up. The visitors came away with a hard-fought 75-73 victory, improving to 10-9 (7-4 GLIAC) on the season. Next up for the Wildcats is a road contest against Saginaw Valley on Thursday night.

NCAA DIII: Damien Strahorn – Colby College (ME)

Damien Strahorn '02Another week, another pair of victories for Coach Strahorn and Colby, as they improved to 17-0 on the season. On Tuesday, the fifth-ranked Mules defeated Husson 97-70 before heading to take on Bowdoin on Saturday in the fourth game of six in a row on the road. Colby pulled away in the second half for an 81-67 victory to remain perfect. Now 5-0 in the NESCAC, the Mules will look to continue their dominant play when they travel to face off against Bates on Friday.

NAIA: Chris Briggs – Georgetown College (KY)

Chris Briggs ImageCoach Briggs’ squad fought hard to remain unbeaten this week, picking up two wins that did not come easy for the top-ranked team in the NAIA. Trailing Campbellsville by five with just over four minutes remaining on Thursday, the Tigers used a 16-3 run to close out the game and take a 66-58 victory. Georgetown returned home on Saturday to face off against Lindsey Wilson, who had received votes in the latest top-25 poll. The Tigers led by just two halfway through the second before using a late surge to win 98-81. The victory moved Georgetown to 19-0 (8-0 MSC) on the season, and extended the Tigers’ winning streak to 29 games dating back to February of last year. They will look for season win No. 20 on Thursday, as they host 25th ranked Shawnee State.

JUCO: Carl Howell – Skagit Valley College (WA)

Howell Hired In his first season back on the sidelines since 2013, Coach Howell has Skagit Valley off to a 20-0 start thanks to two more big wins this week. The Cardinals took down Shoreline Community College 86-69 on Wednesday and Edmonds Community College 92-80 on Saturday. With both wins this week coming by double digits, Skagit Valley has now won 16 of their 20 games this season by 10 or more points. They will look to remain perfect when they take on Olympic College on the road on Wednesday.

2019-20 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Walter McCarty – University of Evansville
NCAA DII: Mark Downey – Northeastern State (OK)
NCAA DIII: Josh Merkel – Randolph-Macon College (VA)
NAIA: Kelly Wells – University of Pikeville (KY)
JUCO: Kyle Cooper – Western Texas College

Week 2

NCAA DI: Tony Bennett – University of Virginia
NCAA DII: Tobin Anderson – St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)
NCAA DIII: Bosko Djurickovic – Carthage College (WI)
NAIA: Stacy Hollowell – Loyola University (LA)
JUCO: Anthony Fletcher – Eastfield College (TX)

Week 3

NCAA DI: Juwan Howard – University of Michigan
NCAA DII: Matt Healing – Pace University (NY)
NCAA DIII: Keith Bunkenburg – Benedictine University (IL)
NAIA: Todd Lorensen – Mount Marty College (SD)
JUCO: Cole Dewey – Otero Junior College (CO)

Week 4

NCAA DI: LaVall Jordan – Butler University
NCAA DII: Mike Donnelly – Florida Southern College
NCAA DIII: Landry Kosmalski – Swarthmore College (NY)
NAIA: Tae Norwood – Keiser University (FL)
JUCO: Billy Gillispie – Ranger College (TX)

Week 5

NCAA DI: Ritchie McKay – Liberty University
NCAA DII: Tom Klusman – Rollins College (FL)
NCAA DIII: Dave Niland – Penn State-Behrand
NAIA: Aaron Siebenthall – Ottawa University (KS)
JUCO: Brennan McCarthy – Northampton Community College (PA)

Week 6

NCAA DI: Steve Forbes – East Tennessee State University
NCAA DII: Damien Blair – West Chester University (PA)
NCAA DIII: Anthony Medina – University of St. Thomas (TX)
NAIA: Colby Blaine – College of Idaho
JUCO: Terry Bowe – Lakeland Community College (OH)

Week 7

NCAA DI: Kelvin Sampson – University of Houston
NCAA DII: DII Winter Break Week – No Winner
NCAA DIII: Pete Moran – John Carroll University (OH)
NAIA: Matt Wilber – Dakota Wesleyan University
JUCO: Eric Murphy – Florida SouthWestern State University

Week 8

NCAA DI: Brian Dutcher – San Diego State University
NCAA DII: Kyle Gerdeman – Lindenwood University (MO)
NCAA DIII: Jeff Brown – Middlebury College (VT)
NAIA: Patrick Crarey – Washington Adventist University (MD)
JUCO: Luke Strege – Mineral Area College (MO)

Week 9

NCAA DI: Scott Drew – Baylor University
NCAA DII: Eric Olen – University of California, San Diego
NCAA DIII: Jim Calhoun – University of Saint Joseph (CT)
NAIA: Preston Ingram – Missouri Baptist University
JUCO: Zach Settembre – Tallahassee Community College (FL)

Week 10

NCAA DI: Nate Oats – University of Alabama
NCAA DII: Bart Lundy – Queens University of Charlotte
NCAA DIII: Jean Bain – Brandeis University (MA)
NAIA: Josh Gamblin – Mid-America Christian University
JUCO: Pat Smith – Moberly Area Community College

Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:

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