Week 14: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 14 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 14 winners are:

NCAA DI: Mike Krzyzewski – Duke University

Mike KrzyzewskiCoach K added to his legendary resume this week, becoming the winningest college basketball coach of all time with his 1,123rd career win. On Tuesday, the 2nd ranked Blue Devils rallied from a 23-point second half deficit to defeat #16 Louisville 71-69. This was the second largest second-half comeback in Duke program history. With a 94-78 victory over NC State on Saturday, Coach K picked up win #1,123, passing Harry Statham for the most wins in college basketball history. He had previously broken the NCAA wins record last March, surpassing Pat Summitt. Duke has just taken over the #1 ranking in the latest poll and is 23-2 on the season (11-1 ACC). They are back in action on Wednesday in a huge home showdown against North Carolina.

NCAA DII: Bryan Rooney – Cal State East Bay

Rooney 17-18Coach Rooney’s squad picked up two more victories this week, improving to 20-5 on the season. Cal State East Bay opened the week with a 77-64 win over San Francisco State, before defeating Sonoma State in a 66-65 thriller. This was win #20 for the Pioneers, marking their first 20-win season since 1999-00. Cal State East Bay has won 4 consecutive games, keeping them atop the standings in the highly competitive CCAA. The Pioneers play their last home game on Saturday against Cal State Monterey Bay.

NCAA DIII: Shawn Cassidy – Concordia University Wisconsin

Shawn CassidyConcordia’s Coach Cassidy had a week to remember, as his squad clinched their conference championship and he picked up win #200. The Falcons defeated Illinois Tech 69-46 on Wednesday, and Dominican 81-66 on Thursday. Thursday’s win marked Coach Cassidy’s 200th with Concordia, moving him only 15 behind all-time program wins leader William Ackman. In the regular season finale on Saturday, the Falcons came away with an 85-76 victory, clinching a share of the NACC championship. Concordia will now prepare to make a run in the NACC tournament.

NAIA: Danny Neville – University of Jamestown (ND)

Danny Neville ImageThe University of Jamestown, led by Coach Neville, closed out their stellar season on a high note, knocking off the #2 team in the country and heading into the GPAC tournament as the #2 seed. The 15th ranked Jimmies defeated Northwestern (IA) 98-85 on Wednesday and upset #2 Morningside 88-75 on Saturday. Jamestown, who was picked to finish 9th in the preseason coaches’ poll, ends the season at 25-5 (15-5 GPAC) and in second place in the conference. They will take on Hastings in the GPAC quarterfinals on Wednesday.

JUCO: Lance Madison – Lamar State College – Port Arthur (TX)

Coach Madison and his Lamar State College – Port Arthur squad rallied together through adversity to pick up two big conference wins this week. Just last week, Coach Madison missed a game to attend his mother’s funeral, and the team’s van was rear-ended and totaled on the way to a road game, forcing a postponement. The Seahawks remained strong this week however, and came away with an 87-81 victory over Lee College and a 78-73 comeback win over Blinn College. Next up for the 17-9 Seahawks is a match-up at Coastal Bend College.

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

Week 10

NCAA DI: Nate Oats – University of Buffalo
DII: Tobin Anderson – St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)
DIII: Jeff Brown – Middlebury College (VT)
(Co-Winner): Donnie Butcher – University of the Cumberlands (KY)
(Co-Winner): Kevin Easley – Life University (GA)
Chris Oney – Pearl River CC (MS)

Week 11

NCAA DI:  Steve Henson – University of Texas at San Antonio
DII: Mark Dowey – Northeastern State University (OK)
DIII: Damien Strahorn – Colby College (ME)
: Denis Shaefer – Grand View University (IA)
: Corey McKendry – Schoolcraft College (MI)
Jonathan Pena – Berkeley College (NY)

Week 12

NCAA DI: Mark Few – Gonzaga University
Andre Cook – St. Edwards University (TX)
: George Barber – Greenville University (IL)
: Eric Echelbarger – Indiana University Kokomo
:Billy Gillispie – Ranger College (TX)

Week 13

NCAA DI:  James Jones – Yale University
DII: Mike McDonald – Daemen College (NY)
DIII: Matt Logie -Whitworth University (WA)
: John Teasley -Stillman College (AL)
: Steve DeMeo – Northwest Florida State College
Paul Hogan – NHTI, Concord’s Community College (NH)

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-Alexandria


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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