Week 15: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 15 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 15 winners are:

NCAA DI: Wes Miller – UNC Greensboro

Coach Miller led his squad to two hard-fought victories this week, maintaining second place in the SoCon. On Thursday, the Spartans hit a game-winning three with 4.3 seconds remaining in overtime to defeat Western Carolina 79-76. UNC Greensboro followed up this victory with another game-winner, this time a shot with 3.8 seconds left to take down ETSU, 60-59 on Sunday. These wins improved the Spartans record to 24-5 (13-3 SoCon) on the season and created some separation between themselves and third-place ETSU. They travel to take on The Citadel on Thursday and Mercer on Saturday before heading to the conference tournament. 


NCAA DII: Gerald Holmes – Bloomfield College (NJ)

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Coach Holmes’ Bears took over first place in the CACC this week, coming away with two huge victories over regionally-ranked opponents. Bloomfield knocked off Dominican (ranked 8th in the East Region of the D2SIDA poll), 99-90 on Tuesday, taking over first place in the CACC North Division. The Bears next defeated 5th ranked Jefferson 71-67 on Saturday. This victory moved Bloomfield into the top overall spot in the CACC, and extended their winning streak to eight. They are now 17-9 on the season and 15-2 in the CACC with two games remaining in the regular season. 

NCAA DIII: Todd Peretz – Mitchell College (CT)

Todd PeretzMitchell College entered the NECC tournament as the four seed and came away with three wins, including two overtime thrillers, to take the championship this week. Coach Peretz’s squad fought back from a 5-point halftime deficit to defeat fifth-seeded Southern Vermont in the opening round on Tuesday. The Mariners then upset top-seeded New England College 87-85 thanks to a deep buzzer-beater in overtime after rallying from a 10-point deficit at the half to force the extra period. In the championship game, Mitchell trailed by nine with 7:40 remaining against sixth-seeded Newbury before using a late run to force overtime, where they dominated, exiting with a 77-69 victory and the NECC championship. The Mariners finish the season with a program record-tying 19 wins and await a matchup in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

NAIA: Chris Briggs – Georgetown College (KY)

Chris Briggs ImageGeorgetown College, led by Coach Briggs, clinched the top seed in the highly competitive Mid-South Conference and finished the regular season strong, winning two more games to wind up at 25-4 (11-3 Mid-South). The fourth-ranked Tigers defeated #11 Pikeville 78-72 on Thursday to clinch the top seed in the Mid-South, and knocked off Shawnee State 103-88 on Saturday. GC completed the season without losing a game on their home floor, going an incredible 19-0. They take on 8th-seeded Cumberland University in the first round of the Mid-South tournament on Saturday. 

JUCO: Eric Murphy – Florida Southwestern University

NJCAA DI #1 Florida Southwestern State wrapped up the regular season with two more wins, going 28-1 on the season (12-0 Suncoast), and is heading into postseason play on a 17-game winning streak. Coach Murphy’s Buccaneers defeated State College of Florida – Manatee – Sarasota 91-59 on Wednesday and Polk State 78-65 on Saturday. FSW has not lost since December 9th and finished the season undefeated in conference play for the second year in a row. The Bucs will now wait until March 7th for a match-up in the FCSAA/Region VIII Tournament. 

USCAA: Anderson Bynum – Clinton College (SC)

Coach Bynum’s squad won four games this week and took the EMAC Championship, defeating the top two seeds in the conference. The Golden Bears won 13 of their last 15 games to grab the three seed in the EMAC tournament, where they knocked off #6 Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, #2 Stratford on Friday, and top-seeded Johnson & Wales – Charlotte on Saturday. This huge week improved Clinton to 18-11 on the season. They take on Denmark on Wednesday before heading to the USCAA National Tournament. 

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)

Week 14

NCAA DI: Mike Krzyzewski – Duke University
DII: Bryan Rooney – Cal State East Bay
DIII: Shawn Cassidy – Concordia University Wisconsin
: Danny Neville – University of Jamestown (ND)
: Lance Madison – Lamar State College-Port Arthur (TX)

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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