WEEK 12: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 12 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 2017-18 college basketball season.

Past weekly and yearly winners can be found below this week’s recipients.

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

The Week 12 winners are:

NCAA DI: Mike Hopkins – University of Washington

MBB_Hop_HeadshotCoach Hopkins led his Huskies squad to two huge wins over ranked teams this week, continuing what has been a great year so far. Washington defeated #25 Arizona State 68-64 on Thursday before taking on 9th ranked Arizona on Saturday. The Huskies knocked down a three as time expired to take an impressive 78-75 win over the Wildcats and improve to 17-6 on the year. Washington has been one of the biggest surprises in the nation this season, rebounding from a 9-22 record last year to be in tournament contention so far this year. They will look to keep winning as they face Oregon on Thursday.

NCAA DII: Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University (TN)

Josh Schertz 17-18#1 Lincoln Memorial continued their total dominance this week, winning two more games to improve to 21-1 on the season and 15-0 in conference play. Coach Schertz’s Railsplitters first defeated Mars Hill 100-68 on Wednesday, clinching their ninth straight 20-win season. LMU then put on another offensive display, taking down Newberry 117-95 on Saturday to win their 29th straight South Atlantic Conference game, tying the all-time record. They will attempt to set the record on Wednesday against Anderson University.

NCAA DIII: Todd McGuinness  – Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Todd McGuinnessCase Western Reserve University, led by Coach McGuinness, came away with two more conference victories this week, and continued their stellar play of late. The Spartans defeated Brandeis 69-64 on Friday before taking down NYU 73-57 on Sunday. This game marked the fifth straight UAA victory for CWRU, setting the record for longest conference winning streak in program history. They are also one conference win away from tying the program record for most conference victories in a season with seven. The 12-8 Spartans are back in action against the University of Rochester on Friday.

NAIA: Craig Doty – Graceland University (IA)

Craig Doty ImageCoach Doty’s Yellowjackets went 2-0 this week, knocking off the #1 team and ending a historic streak in the process. Graceland opened the week with a 79-69 victory over Culver-Stockton College, then traveled to take on NAIA DI #1 overall William Penn University. Entering the match-up, William Penn had won 37 straight games at home. They Yellowjackets were able to take a stunning 91-77 win, ending the streak and handing William Penn just their second loss of the season. This victory improved their record to 16-8 on the season, and 10-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Graceland faces off against Clarke University on Wednesday.

JUCO: Doug Scott – Quincy College (MA)

Douglas Scott, Quincy College Men’s Basketball Head CoachThe #2 ranked Granite, led by Coach Scott, won two more games this week to improve to 19-1 (19-0 Region XXI) on the season. Quincy defeated Bunker Hill Community College 84-69 on Tuesday before taking down defending regional champion MassBay Community College 104-93 on Saturday. After losing their first game of the season, the first-year program has won 19 straight. The Granite also feature NJCAA DIII leading scorer Deven Palmer. The freshman is currently averaging 32.3 ppg, and exploded for 43 vs. MassBay on Saturday. Scott’s crew will go for their 20th consecutive win on the road against Bristol Community College on Tuesday.

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

2017-18 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Fran Dunphy – Temple University
NCAA DII: Pryor Orser – Colorado School of Mines
NCAA DIII: Kevin Bettencourt – Endicott College (MA)
NAIA (co-winner): Wayne Wagner – Viterbo University (WI)
NAIA (co-winner): Matt O’Brien – Southwestern College (KS)
JUCO: Mark White – Tallahassee Community College

Week 2

NCAA DI: Porter Moser – Loyola University Chicago
NCAA DII: Andy Bronkema – Ferris State University (MI)
NCAA DIII: Justin Lunt – University of Puget Sound (WA)
NAIA: Keith Adkins – Life University (GA)
JUCO: Don Tuley – Seminole State College (OK)

Week 3

NCAA DI: Chris Mack – Xavier University
NCAA DII: Darrell Walker – Clark Atlanta University
NCAA DIII: Pat Juckem – University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh
NAIA: R-Jay Barsh – Southeastern University (FL)
JUCO: Steve DeMeo – Northwest Florida State College

Week 4

NCAA DI: James Whitford – Ball State
NCAA DII: Adam Bohac – Southern Nazarene University (OK)
NCAA DIII: Hilliary Scott – Lynchburg College (VA)
NAIA: Vinay Patel – Oklahoma City University
JUCO: Tommy Guerin – Borough of Manhattan Community College

Week 5

NCAA DI: Steve Pikiell – Rutgers University
NCAA DII: Jeff Burkhamer – University of West Florida
NCAA DIII: Steve Howes – Catholic University (DC)
NAIA: Kyle Blankenship – Louisiana State University – Shreveport
JUCO: Hank Plona – Indian Hills Community College (IA)

Week 6

NCAA DI: Mike Young – Wofford College
NCAA DII: Bart Lundy – Queens University of Charlotte
NCAA DIII: Mike Schauer – Wheaton College (IL)
NAIA: Kelvin Starr – The Master’s University (CA)
JUCO: Evan Lavery – Rock Valley College (IL)

Week 7

NCAA DI: LaVall Jordan – Butler University
NCAA DII: Rodney Watson – University of Southern Indiana
NCAA DIII: Eric Bridgeland – Whitman College (WA)
NAIA: Jeff Sherman – Central Methodist University (MO)
JUCO: Brian Peabody – Pima Community College (AZ)

Week 8

NCAA DI: Tad Boyle – University of Colorado
NCAA DII: Jeff Boschee – Missouri Southern State University
NCAA DIII: Ron Rose – Illinois Wesleyan University
NAIA: Jesse Watkins – College of Coastal Georgia
JUCO: Chris Hackett – Frank Phillips College (TX)

Week 9

NCAA DI: Joe Mihalich – Hofstra University
NCAA DII: Lennie Acuff – University of Alabama Huntsville
NCAA DIII: Guy Rancourt – Lycoming College (PA)
NAIA: Paul Peck – Lindsey Wilson College (KY)
JUCO: Chris Lovell – Bossier Parrish Community College (LA)

Week 10

NCAA DI: Mike White – University of Florida
NCAA DII: Bob Pietrack – Fort Lewis College (CO)
NCAA DIII: Jeff Brown – Middlebury College (VT)
NAIA: Nelson Jones – Allen University (SC)
JUCO: Aaron Butcher – Ancilla College (IN)

Week 11

NCAA DI: Tony Bennett – University of Virginia
NCAA DII: Mike Helfer – Valdosta State (GA)
NCAA DIII: Mark Edwards – Washington University in Saint Louis
NAIA: Dante Calabria – Keiser University (FL)
JUCO: Paul Cisek – Brookdale Community College (NJ)

Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

2016-17: Chris Collins – Northwestern University
2015-16:Roy Williams – University of North Carolina

Division II

2016-17: Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri State
2015-16: Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University (TN)

Division III

2016-17: Stephen Brennan – Babson College (MA)
2015-16: John Tauer – University of St. Thomas (MN)


2016-17: Kevin Burton – Union College (KY)
2015-16: Larry Cordaro – LSU-Alexandria


2016-17: Todd LorensenSouthwestern Community College (IA)
2015-16: Craig Doty – Rock Valley College (IL)

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