WEEK 13: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 13 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 13 winners are:

NCAA DI: Chris Mullin – St. John’s University

Chris  MullinCoach Mullin’s Red Storm have been playing some great basketball lately, taking down the #1 team in the country this week. St John’s, coming off of a huge win over 4th ranked Duke last week, opened the week by facing off against top-ranked Villanova on Wednesday. They came away with a stunning 69-65 victory, marking their first win over a #1 team in 33 years. After this upset, the Red Storm defeated Marquette 86-78 behind sophomore Shamorie Ponds’ 44 points. This marked St. John’s third straight win and brought their overall record to .500 on the year (13-13). They will look to keep winning on the road against DePaul on Wednesday.


NCAA DII: Lonn Reisman – Tarleton State University (TX)

It was another milestone week for Coach Reisman of Tarleton State University, as he went 2-0 and picked up career win #650. Already the winningest active NCAA coach in Texas, Reisman entered the week with 648 wins, and was able to pick up 649 against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday in a hard-fought 78-72 overtime win. With a 66-59 victory over Angelo State on Saturday, Coach Reisman became the 5th active coach in NCAA Division II to reach the 650-win mark. The Texans are now 16-9 (10-5 LSC) on the season, and next play Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday.


NCAA DIII: David Hixon – Amherst College (MA)

David Hixon '75Coach Hixon of Amherst College also had a milestone week, knocking off two top-10 teams and gathering his 800th career win. After falling to #22 Wesleyan on Tuesday, the Mammoths rebounded with an impressive 72-57 victory over #8 Williams College. Next, they faced off against #5 Middlebury. The Mammoths came away with an 80-68 victory, clinching the #1 seed in the NESCAC and giving Coach Hixon, the third winningest coach in men’s NCAA DIII history, his 800th career win. Amherst will host No. 8 Bowdoin in the opening round of the conference tournament on Saturday.



NAIA:  Tom Church – Indiana University Kokomo

Tom Church ImageIndiana University Kokomo’s Coach Church continued to improve on what has been a stellar first season so far, with three more big wins. The Cougars defeated Cincinnati Christian 116-96 on Tuesday, Brescia University 91-89 on Thursday, and Midway University 115-100 on Saturday. The win against Cincinnati Christian tied the program record for points in a game, and the 15 wins Coach Church’s squad has picked up so far has shattered the previous school record of 10. IU-Kokomo will look to add to the record as they close the regular season with match-ups against Asbury University and Alice Lloyd College next week. 


JUCO: DaJuan Gouard – Danville Area Community College (IL)

DaJuan Gouard, Assistant Coach, Men's BasketballCoach Gouard’s Jaguars had a great 3-0 week, defeating a top-10 opponent and extending their winning streak to 12 games. 8th ranked Danville Area opened the week with a nail-biting 67-66 road win against #6 Parkland, then took down Illinois Central 91-83 on Saturday. They capped off the week with a 77-64 victory over Rose-Hulman, marking their 12th straight win and 21st on the season. The 21-3 Jaguars are back in action against John Wood on Saturday.



[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)

Week 12

NCAA DI: Mike Hopkins – University of Washington
NCAA DII: Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University (TN)
NCAA DIII: Todd McGuinness – Case Western Reserve University (OH)
NAIA: Craig Doty – Graceland University (IA)
JUCO: Doug Scott – Quincy College (MA)

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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