Week 15: 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 15 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 2021-22 college basketball season.

This is the seventh season that HoopDirt.com has run the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs. The list 2021-22 Coach of the Week winners, as well as the list of all-time COY winners can be found following this week’s honorees.

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

The Week 15 winners are:

NCAA DI: Mark Adams – Texas Tech University

Mark Adams Coach Adams’ Texas Tech squad took down another pair of ranked opponents this week, jumping back into the top 10 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. The then-No. 11 Red Raiders hosted 7th-ranked Baylor on Wednesday, and found themselves trailing by seven at the half. However, Texas Tech outscored the visitors 51-34 in the second half, coming away with an 83-73 victory and sweeping the season series against Baylor for the first time since 2005. With the win, the Red Raiders improved to 16-0 at home on the season. Back in action on Saturday at No. 20 Texas, TTU fended off a late Longhorn comeback attempt to leave Austin with a huge 61-55 triumph. Now ranked No. 9, the 21-6 (10-4 Big 12) Red Raiders will face off against Oklahoma at home on Tuesday night.

NCAA DII: Tobin Anderson – St. Thomas Aquinas College

Tobin Anderson With another pair of road victories this week, Coach Anderson and St. Thomas Aquinas extended their winning streak to 10. The Spartans opened the week at No. 24 Daemen, who entered the contest unbeaten in conference play and had handed STAC its only conference loss on the season earlier in the year. In a back and forth battle, the Spartans were able to pick up a thrilling 75-70 overtime victory and move into a tie for first place in the ECC. At D’Youville on Sunday, STAC led wire-to-wire in a 94-55 triumph to improve to 22-4 (15-1 ECC) on the campaign. The Spartans will look to make it 11 straight when they host the University of the District of Columbia on Wednesday.

NCAA DIII: Abe Woldeslassie – Macalester College

Coach Woldeslassie Abe Woldeslassie mug 21continued his turnaround of the Macalester program this week as his squad picked up three more victories, including the Scots’ first postseason win since 2004. Macalester closed out the regular season on a high note, holding off Augbsurg for a 65-63 win on Monday and defeating Hamline 76-62 on the road on Wednesday. With the victories, the Scots closed out the regular season with a record of 12-12, marking the program’s most victories since the 2003-04 campaign and securing the No. 6 seed in the MIAC Tournament. Macalester then hosted 11th-seeded St. Scholastica in the first round of the tournament on Saturday, shooting 14-24 from three in an impressive 79-66 triumph. The Scots return to action on Wednesday, when they travel to take on 3rd-seeded Carleton in a quarterfinal matchup. 

NAIA: Javier Heridia – Indiana University Northwest

Javier Heridia Photo Coach Heridia’s RedHawks picked up two more victories this week, closing out the regular season on an 11-game winning streak. IU Northwest hosted No. 20 IU South Bend on Wednesday, coming away with a hard-fought 69-68 triumph after trailing by as many as 10 in the first half. The RedHawks then hit the road for the regular season finale on Saturday, using a big second half to pull away from St. Francis and take a 74-61 victory. Finishing with a regular season record of 23-6 (17-5 CCAC), IU Northwest secured the No. 3 seed in the CCAC Tournament, and will host 6th-seeded Lincoln in a quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday night.

JUCO: Ryan Miley – Hocking College

Coach Miley guided Hocking to three more victories this past week, as the Hawks moved to a perfect 23-0 on the season. No. 10 Hocking opened its week with a 69-62 victory at Terra State on Monday, before returning home for its final two matchups of the week. The Hawks took down Edison State by a score of 74-67 on Wednesday, and came away with a 70-66 victory over Bryant & Stratton to close out the week on Saturday. Though Hocking lost its first contest of the season on Monday (2/21), it will look to clinch at least a share of the OCCAC Championship with a win in its final regular season matchup on Saturday.

2021-22 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Gerald Gillion – Chicago State University
NCAA DII: Jeff Brookman – Anderson University
NCAA DIII: Rich Sutter – Westfield State University
NAIA: Kurt Paulson – Carroll College
JUCO: Jeremy Shulman – Eastern Florida State College

Week 2

NCAA DI: Lamont Paris – Chattanooga
NCAA DII: Bart Lundy – Queens University of Charlotte
NCAA DIII: Chris Carideo – Widener University
NAIA: Chris Wright – Talladega College
JUCO: Allen Sharpe – Wallace State Community College

Week 3

NCAA DI: T.J. Otzelberger – Iowa State
NCAA DII: Todd Duncan – Lubbock Christian University
NCAA DIII: Jeff Brown – Middlebury College
NAIA: Tigh Compton – University of Pikeville
JUCO: Hank Plona – Indian Hills Community College

Week 4

NCAA DI: Ed Cooley – Providence College
NCAA DII: Greg Clink – Cal State Chico
NCAA DIII: Tim Fusina – Waynesburg University
NAIA: Stacy Hollowell – Loyola University New Orleans
JUCO: Kyle Taylor – Salt Lake Community College

Week 5

NCAA DI: Kevin Willard – Seton Hall University
NCAA DII: Jason Taylor – Newberry College
NCAA DIII: Scott Coval – DeSales University
NAIA: Alfred Williams – Xavier University of Louisiana
JUCO: Jake Williams – Dodge City Community College

Week 6

NCAA DI: Speedy Claxton – Hofstra University
NCAA DII: Justin Weick – University of Minnesota Duluth
NCAA DIII: Raul Placeres – Maryville College
NAIA: Brandon Espinosa – Paul Quinn College
JUCO: Bill Beilein – Niagara County CC

Week 7

NCAA DI: Jerry Stackhouse – Vanderbilt University
NCAA DII: D2 winter break – no games played
NCAA DIII: Jimmy Smith – Trinity College (TX)
NAIA: Not enough games played (winter break + COVID cancellations)
JUCO: Not enough games played (winter break + COVID cancellations)

Week 8

NCAA DI: Scott Drew – Baylor University
NCAA DII: Shawn Walker – Elizabeth City State University
NCAA DIII: Ron Rose – Illinois Wesleyan University
NAIA: Colby Blaine – The College of Idaho
JUCO: Brandon Giles – Polk State College

Week 9

NCAA DI: Jim Larrañaga – University of Miami
NCAA DII: Vinay Patel – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
NCAA DIII: Todd McGuinness – Case Western Reserve University
NAIA: Lance Von Vogt – William Jessup University
JUCO: Greg Heiar – Northwest Florida State College

Week 10

NCAA DI: Dana Altman – University of Oregon
NCAA DII: Craig Doty – Emporia State University
NCAA DIII: Pat Juckem – Washington University in St. Louis
NAIA: Preston Ingram – Missouri Baptist University
JUCO: Bill Morosco – Garden City CC

Week 11

NCAA DI: Chris Victor – Seattle University
NCAA DII: George Suggs – McKendree University
NCAA DIII: Ryan Mee – Vassar College
NAIA: Matt O’Brien – Southwestern College
JUCO: Victor Correa – Suffolk County CC

Week 12

NCAA DI: Bruce Pearl – Auburn University
NCAA DII: Bob Pietrack – Fort Lewis College
NCAA DIII: Don Friday – Penn State Harrisburg
NAIA: Kyle Blankenship – LSU Shreveport
JUCO: Mike Hunter – Lakeland CC

Week 13

NCAA DI: LeVelle Moton – North Carolina Central University
NCAA DII: Matt Healing – Pace University
NCAA DIII: Brian Baptiste – UMass Dartmouth
NAIA: Stan Holt – Presentation College
JUCO: Brennan McCarthy – Northampton CC

Week 14

NCAA DI: Matt McMahon – Murray State
NCAA DII: Clark Sheehy – Southwest Baptist University
NCAA DIII: Brandon Linton – Tufts University
NAIA: Donnie Bostwick – Oklahoma Wesleyan University
JUCO: Brent Wilson – SUNY Sullivan

Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

Division II

Division III



  • 2020-21: No winner named – COVID season
  • 2019-20: Randy Casey – Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • 2018-19: Billy Gillispie – Ranger College
  • 2017-18: Paul Cisek – Brookdale Community College
  • 2016-17: Todd Lorensen – Southwestern Community College
  • 2015-16: Craig Doty – Rock Valley College


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