WEEK 6: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 6 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 6 winners are:

NCAA D1: Richard Pitino – University of New Mexico

Weekly Record (Overall): 2-0 (11-0)
Past week’s results: 67-64 W vs San Francisco, 82-74 W vs Iona.
Highlights: Trailed most of the 2nd half on Monday vs USF before closing the game on an 8-0 run. Had been 0-2 all-time vs his father until Sunday’s win. UNM is one of only 5 undefeated D1 teams remaining.

NCAA D2: Jeremy Currier – Young Harris College

Weekly Record (Overall): 3-0 (10-0)
Past week’s results: 84-69 W vs Flagler, 85-58 W vs Southern Wesleyan, 63-51 W vs Mars Hill.
Highlights: The Mountain Lions 3-0 week pushed their record to 10-0, which is the best-ever start in program history – quite a turnaround from last year’s 6-21 record. They are also 2-0 in the Peach Belt Conference.

NCAA D3: Jason Harris – UMass Boston

Weekly record (overall): 3-0 (9-3)
Past week’s results: 87-78 W vs Salem State, 85-74 W vs Westfield State, 79-62 W vs Rhode Island College.
Highlights: A perfect 3-0 week for the Beacons. The 9-3 start is the best under Harris since he took over in 2015. Their win streak is now at 5.

NAIA: Robert Ford – Saint Xavier University

Weekly record (overall): 2-0 (11-3)
Past week’s results: 81-79 W at Viterbo, 97-82 W vs #25 Huntington.
Highlights: SXU’s winning streak is up to six games with two more wins last week. The Cougars overcame a 11-point halftime deficit on Wednesday, and made a shot with :07 left for the win. They then knocked off the #25 team in the country on Saturday.

JUCO: Bill Beilein – Niagara County Community College

Weekly record (overall): 4-0 (15-0)
Past week’s results: 74-62 W at Erie, 78-66 W at Kellogg, 80-76 W at Henry Ford, 78-71 W at Lansing.
Highlights: Beilein’s #2 (NJCAA D2) Thunder Wolves won 4 games away from home last week to stretch their unbeaten streak to 15. The previous week, Beilein’s squad knocked off two nationally ranked opponents (#9 Macomb and #12 Lakeland).

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

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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