WEEK 3: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 3 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 3 winners are:

NCAA DI: Eric Musselman – University of Nevada 

Musselman’s fifth-ranked Wolfpack remained hot last week, winning two road games to run their record to 8-0 on the season. Nevada traveled to Loyola (Chicago) on Tuesday where they avenged a one-point loss to the Ramblers in last year’s South Regional semifinal game. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 44-28 halftime lead, and never looked back as they defeated the Ramblers 79-65. Musselman’s squad then headed to sunny Southern California where they rallied from a halftime deficit to beat USC 73-61. This is now the second year in a row that Nevada has gotten off to an 8-0 start. The Pack have also won every game this season by double figures.

NCAA DII: Jeff Price – Lynn University (FL) Jeff Price

Lynn University remains hot to start the season under head coach Jeff Price, going 2-0 last week to improve their record to 6-0. Not included in the 6-0 mark is an early season exhibition win over cross-town rival DI Florida Atlantic. The Fighting Knights got their first Sunshine State Conference win of the year on Wednesday when they defeated Palm Beach Atlantic 86-70. They then traveled to SSC foe Rollins College on Friday where knocked off the Tars 90-80 to stay perfect on the season. The win at Rollins was their first regular season there since the 2014-15 season. That season was also the last time the Lynn started the year 6-0.

NCAA DIII: Jimmy Smith – Millsaps College (MS) Smith 18-19

Second-year head coach Jimmy Smith has Millsaps College rolling, as a 3-0 week improves their record to 8-0 to start the season. The Majors are now just one win away from matching their entire win total from last season. Smith’s crew had a big second half on Tuesday en route to a 70-55 win over visiting Centenary College (LA). Millsaps then hit the road for two games in Texas, where they knocked off Austin College 90-67 on Friday, and the led wire-to-wire in a 70-60 win at the University of Dallas.

NAIA: Rocky Lamar – MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS) image 31

NAIA Hall of Famer Rocky Lamar’s Pioneers had a monster 3-0 week, which included knocking off the #2 team in the nation on a buzzer beater. MNU recorded Heart of America Athletic Conference wins over Missouri Valley College 76-71 (Tuesday), and Evangel University 79-69 (Thursday), setting up a home date with second ranked William Penn University. After clawing back from a seven-point halftime deficit, MNU junior center Dakota Quinn knocked down a baseline jumper as time expired to give the Pioneers (7-3) the upset victory.

JUCO: Nkrumah Jones – Bunker Hill Community College (MA) MBB-HC-NJones

Coach Jones and his Bunker Hill CC squad have now ripped off ten straight wins, including three this past week. The Bulldogs (10-1 / 9-0 Region 21) beat visiting Quinsigamond CC 79-61 at home on Tuesday to start the week. They then dismantled MassBay CC 107-51 on Thursday, and followed that one up with a drubbing of UConn Avery Point on the road 101-51 Saturday afternoon. BHCC’s average margin of victory on the season is now 23.3 points per game, and they should be ranked in the NJCAA’s first in-season national poll which is due out this week.

[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)

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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