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

The Christmas Holiday delayed the week 6 announcement for a few days, but here we go…

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

NCAA DI: Kelvin Sampson – University of Houston

Coach Sampson’s squad continued their dominance at home this week, with two more victories to remain undefeated on the season. With wins over Utah State and Coppin State, the 22nd ranked Cougars moved to 12-0 and extended their home winning streak to 25 games. Thanks to a home loss by South Dakota State, the 25-game home winning streak became the longest in the nation. Houston will finish out their non-conference schedule against NJIT on Saturday and look to head into conference play without a loss.

NCAA DII: Eric Bovaird – Chaminade University (HI)

Eric Bovaird

Coach Bovaird led Chaminade to four wins in four days, capping it off with a top-10 victory and tournament championship to stay undefeated. The #20 Silverswords took an 87-78 victory over Holy Names before heading to the Hoops in Hawai’i D2 Power Invitational the next day. There, they won three straight games, including a 70-64 defeat of #7 UC-San Diego to take the title. Chaminade is 10-0 on the season and will travel to take on Fresno Pacific on Monday in a conference match-up.

NCAA DIII: Carl Danzig – University of Scranton (PA)

Carl Danzig

9-0 Scranton, led by Coach Danzig, picked up two more victories this week, including a thrilling come from behind win to head into the Christmas break. On Monday, the Royals defeated Manhattanville 106-75, scoring over 100 points for the first time since January 6, 2007. Scranton then faced off against TCNJ, who jumped out to a 27-8 lead before the Royals rallied to reach a one-point deficit at the half and then win a back and forth second half, coming away with a 82-79 victory. They will look to remain undefeated on Saturday against Wilkes at the Cross-County Challenge.

NAIA: Jared Ronai – Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH)

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#5 Mount Vernon Nazarene had a successful Florida stretch, going 2-0 in the Sunshine State to move to 12-3 on the season. On Monday, the Cougars defeated Florida National 94-81 before traveling to Miami to take on Florida Memorial. MVNU came away with a 74-62 victory to head into break on a four-game winning streak. The Cougars are back in action on Saturday on the road against the University of Rio Grande.

JUCO: William West – Prince George’s Community College (MD)

Coach West’s Owls took two dominating road victories this week, extending their winning streak to nine games and moving to 12-1 on the season. Prince George’s CC first defeated CC of Allegheny County – Boyce 86-46 on Tuesday, and then knocked off CCAC-Allegheny 112-75 on Wednesday behind the second straight triple-double by sophomore Alex Morales. The Owls will look to continue their hot play after the new year, as they take on the College of Southern Maryland on January 4th

[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)

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-AlexandriaN


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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