WEEK 16: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 16 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 2022-23 college basketball season.

This is the eighth season that HoopDirt.com has run the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs. The list of 2022-23 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 16 winners are:

NCAA D1: Shaka Smart – Marquette University

Weekly Record (Overall): 2-0 (26-3)
Past week’s results: 73-71 W at #19 Creighton, 90-84 W vs DePaul
Highlights: Smart’s #10 Golden Eagles opened the week with their second straight win vs a top-20 opponent as they knocked off Creighton on the road. With their victory vs DePaul on Saturday, MU clinched a share of the Big East regular season title – their first since 2012-13.

NCAA D2: Shane Paben – Chadron State College

Weekly Record (Overall): 2-0 (19-9)
Past week’s results: 85-76 W vs South Dakota Mines, 88-86 W vs #10 Black Hills State.
Highlights: With 2 wins last week, Paben’s crew has now Won 10 out of their last 11 to end the regular season. The win vs #10 Black Hills was CSC’s first over a nationally ranked team in 23 years.

NCAA D3: Mitch Oliver – Albertus Magnus College

Weekly record (overall): 3-0 (19-9)
Past week’s results: 128-74 W vs Colby-Sawyer, 75-71 W at Emmanuel, 83-79 W at #1 USJ
Highlights: Oliver’s Falcons ripped through the GNAC tournament and defeated the #1 team in the country to capture the title on Sunday. AMC opened the tournament by hanging 128 on Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday. They then traveled to Emmanuel (#1 seed in the North) where they won to advance to their 11th straight GNAC Championship. They win vs USJ in the title game snapped the Bluejays streak of 27 straight wins.

NAIA: Jordan Ashton – Iowa Wesleyan University

Weekly record (overall): 3-0 (27-2)
Past week’s results: 67-65 W at Haskell, 53-49 vs Washington Adventist, 70-66 W vs #14 Florida College
Highlights: Ashton’s IWU squad captured the CAC Conference Tournament Championships with 3 wins last week in Kansas. With the win vs #14 Florida College (the top seed in the tourney), the Tigers qualified for the NAIA national tournament for the first time since 2011.

JUCO: Dajuan Gouard – Danville Area CC

Weekly record (overall): 2-0 (20-4)
Past week’s results: 77-64 W at #5 South Suburban, 60-58 W at John Wood
Highlights: DACC knocked off South Suburban – the #5 NJCAA D2 team in the country to open the week, then pulled out a close one on the road on Saturday at John Wood. Gouard’s squad has now won 7 in a row and have moved up to the #4 spot in the latest poll.

2022-23 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Pat Skerry – Towson University
NCAA DII: Matt Brock – University of Illinois Springfield
NCAA DIII: D.P. Harris – St. Vincent College
NAIA: Javier Heridia – Indiana University Northwest
JUCO: Kyle Fisher – Butler Community College

Week 2

NCAA DI: Frank Martin – UMass
NCAA DII: Eric Eaton – Saint Michael’s College
NCAA DIII: Glen Miller – University of Saint Joseph
NAIA: John Henry – William Penn University
JUCO: Hank Plona – Indian Hills College

Week 3

NCAA DI: Jerome Tang – Kansas State
NCAA DII: Brooks McKowen – Upper Iowa University
NCAA DIII: John Krikorian – Christopher Newport University
NAIA: Chase Teichmann – Florida College
JUCO: Brad Witherspoon – Dodge City Community College

Week 4

NCAA DI: Craig Smith – University of Utah
NCAA DII: Vinay Patel – Angelo State University
NCAA DIII: Matt McLaughlin – Bridgewater State University
NAIA: Chris Wright – Langston University
JUCO: Darren Stratton – Northern Essex Community College

Week 5

NCAA DI: Pat Duquette – UMass Lowell
NCAA DII: Brion Dunlap – Claflin University
NCAA DIII: Chris Bartley – WPI
NAIA: Jermael Bingham – Blue Mountain College
JUCO: Joey Cantens – Dayton State College

Week 6

NCAA DI: Richard Pitino – University of New Mexico
NCAA DII: Jeremy Currier – Young Harris College
NCAA DIII: Jason Harris – UMass Boston
NAIA: Robert Ford – St. Xavier University
JUCO: Bill Beilein – Niagara County CC

Week 7:

Christmas Holiday – no winners announced

Week 8:

New Year’s Holiday – no winners announced

Week 9

NCAA DI: Bart Lundy – Milwaukee
NCAA DII: Jeremiah Samarrippas – Lincoln Memorial University
NCAA DIII: Waleed Farid – Ithaca College
NAIA: Brandon McGruder – Mayville State
JUCO: Jeff Reinert – College of Southern Idaho

Week 10

NCAA DI: Chris Victor – Seattle University
NCAA DII: Johnny Estelle – Texas A&M-Kingsville
NCAA DIII: Sean Coffey – Utica College
NAIA: Donald Reyes – Loyola University of New Orleans
JUCO: Harley Fuller – Mohawk Valley CC

Week 11

NCAA DI: Amir Abdur-Rahim – Kennesaw State
NCAA DII: Paul Corsaro – University of Indianapolis
NCAA DIII: Jason Zimmerman – Emory University
NAIA: Jordan Mast – University of Antelope Valley
JUCO: Rick Cabrera – Tallahassee CC

Week 12

NCAA DI: Dusty May – Florida Atlantic University
NCAA DII: Bob Pietrack – Fort Lewis College
NCAA DIII: Pat Juckem – Washington University in Saint Louis
NAIA: Kory Alford – Huntington University
JUCO: Nick Wade – Lee College

Week 13

NCAA DI: David Riley – Eastern Washington University
NCAA DII: John Ellenwood – Ashland University
NCAA DIII: Anthony Medina – University of St. Thomas (TX)
NAIA: Clint Galyean – Wayland Baptist University
JUCO: Brandon Burgette – Kansas City Kansas CC

Week 14

NCAA DI: Chris Collins – Northwestern University
NCAA DII: Dean Johnson – Caldwell University
NCAA DIII: Todd McGuinness – Case Western Reserve University
NAIA: Eric Strothers – Tougaloo University
JUCO: Josh Mills – Dallas College – North Lake

Week 15

NCAA DI: Speedy Claxton – Hofstra University
NCAA DII: Jim Crutchfield – Nova Southeastern University
NCAA DIII: Ryan Cain – Keene State College
NAIA: Ted Albert – Indiana Tech
JUCO: Jeff Reinert – College of Southern Idaho

Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

Division II

Division III



  • 2021-22Greg Heiar – Northwest Florida State
  • 2020-21: COVID Season – No winner selected
  • 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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