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 2017-18 college basketball season.
Past weekly and yearly winners can be found below this week’s recipients.
Nominations for next week’s award can be emailed to: [email protected].
The Week 6 winners are:
NCAA DI: Mike Young – Wofford College
Coach Young’s Terriers squad made history this week with the first victory over a nationally ranked team in program history. Wofford took on #5 North Carolina on the road on Wednesday and pulled off a stunning 79-75 upset. This win not only marked their first ever against a nationally ranked opponent, but was also their second victory against an ACC opponent this season (Georgia Tech on 12/6) and their fifth consecutive win overall. The 8-4 Terriers will look to stay hot as conference play begins on Saturday against UNC Greensboro.
NCAA DII: Bart Lundy – Queens University of Charlotte
Lundy’s 2nd ranked Royals continued their dominant start to the season this week by winning two hard-fought games. On Monday, Queens beat Coker College 82-75 to remain undefeated in the SAC (5-0), and on Tuesday, defeated Johnson C. Smith University 83-77. This win improved the Royals record 12-0 for the third consecutive season. Queens is also the only NCAA team in the country to begin the last three seasons 10-0 or better. They will look to stay undefeated as they take on Tarleton State University on Friday.
NCAA DIII: Mike Schauer – Wheaton College (IL)
Wheaton College (IL), led by Coach Schauer, went 2-0 on a difficult West Coast road trip and knocked off a top-10 opponent in an impressive week. The Thunder opened the week on the road against 7th ranked Whitworth University, who had won 30 straight regular-season games against non-conference opponents. Wheaton was able to come out with a 92-84 victory, snapping the longest non-conference winning streak in Division III. They then capped off their road trip with an 86-81 victory over George Fox University, in which they shot 66% from the field. The 8-3 Thunder face off against Carroll University in a conference match-up on Wednesday.
NAIA: Kelvin Starr – The Master’s University (CA)
Coach Starr and his Mustangs squad came away with three impressive victories at the Cactus Classic this week, and took down a nationally ranked opponent. The Master’s University opened the Classic by defeating Baker University 63-60 in an extremely hard-fought game. They then beat Grand View University 80-71 before taking on 17th ranked Montana Western. The Mustangs came away with a 108-95 victory, and improved their overall record to 12-1. They will look to continue their 11-game winning streak at the Westmont Tournament on Friday.
JUCO: Evan Lavery – Rock Valley College (IL)
NJCAA Division III Rock Valley College, led by Coach Lavery, took down an NJCAA DI opponent while improving their win streak to 12 games this week. The Golden Eagles took on NJCAA DI Malcolm X College on Tuesday and were able to take an impressive 77-49 victory. This win was the second straight over a NJCAA DI opponent (beat Sauk Valley on 12/14) for Rock Valley, and improved their record to 15-1 on the season. The Golden Eagles begin conference play on Wednesday against Joliet Junior College.
[Coach of the Week written and compiled by HoopDirt.com contributor AJ Nelson]
2017-18 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners
NCAA DI: Fran Dunphy – Temple University
NCAA DII: Pryor Orser – Colorado School of Mines
NCAA DIII: Kevin Bettencourt – Endicott College (MA)
NAIA (co-winner): Wayne Wagner – Viterbo University (WI)
NAIA (co-winner): Matt O’Brien – Southwestern College (KS)
JUCO: Mark White – Tallahassee Community College
NCAA DI: Porter Moser – Loyola University Chicago
NCAA DII: Andy Bronkema – Ferris State University (MI)
NCAA DIII: Justin Lunt – University of Puget Sound (WA)
NAIA: Keith Adkins – Life University (GA)
JUCO: Don Tuley – Seminole State College (OK)
NCAA DI: Chris Mack – Xavier University
NCAA DII: Darrell Walker – Clark Atlanta University
NCAA DIII: Pat Juckem – University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh
NAIA: R-Jay Barsh – Southeastern University (FL)
JUCO: Steve DeMeo – Northwest Florida State College
NCAA DI: James Whitford – Ball State
NCAA DII: Adam Bohac – Southern Nazarene University (OK)
NCAA DIII: Hilliary Scott – Lynchburg College (VA)
NAIA: Vinay Patel – Oklahoma City University
JUCO: Tommy Guerin – Borough of Manhattan Community College
NCAA DI: Steve Pikiell – Rutgers University
NCAA DII: Jeff Burkhamer – University of West Florida
NCAA DIII: Steve Howes – Catholic University (DC)
NAIA: Kyle Blankenship – Louisiana State University – Shreveport
JUCO: Hank Plona – Indian Hills Community College (IA)
Previous HoopDirt.com Coach of the Year Award Winners:
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