Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week Award winners for week 6 of the college basketball season. The coaches are now eligible to receive the HoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year Award which will be announced at the conclusion of the 2015-16 college basketball season. The complete list of past weekly winners can be found below this weeks recipients.
**NOTE: With the Christmas holiday, there were not enough NCAA DII or Junior College games played to justify the selection of a winner. Games resume Monday at those levels – there will be a Coach of the Week selected next week.**
Nominations for next week’s award can be emailed to: Coach of the Week Nominations – please include a brief statement as to why the coach should be recognized as well as any other information that may be helpful.
The Week 6 winners are:
NCAA DI: Dan Majerle – Grand Canyon University. Now in his third year at GCU, the former NBA star has his squad off to their best start yet. Majerle’s crew won the Global Sports Classic this week in Las Vegas by defeating Houston 78-69 on Monday, and then knocking off Marshall 85-81 in the Championship game on Tuesday. The Lopes are now 11-2 on the season, and riding a four game winning streak. Majerle, who became the head coach at GCU in their first DI season (2013-14), now holds a 43-32 record with two CollegeInsider.com post season appearances.
NCAA DIII: Greg Mitchell – Hope College (MI). Mitchell’s Flying Dutchmen are riding high after winning both games that they played last week in the Russ DeVette/Holland Sentinel Classic. Currently ranked #4 in the country, Hope downed Hanover 85-81 (OT) in the opening game of the tournament Monday night. They turned around the next day to defeat Grace Bible 98-83 to push their winning streak to 5, and increase their overall record to 8-1. Mitchell is a Hope College graduate who is in his second season as the head coach – he led his team to an 18-9 record last season.
NAIA: Bill Czech – Hope International University (CA). The #10 team in the nation, Hope International went 3-0 this past week while averaging 104 points per game during that stretch. Czech’s Royals are now 12-1 and currently on a nine game winning streak. They opened the week with back-to-back wins over Northwest Indian College, and then won their third game in three games when they dispatched Life Pacific College 94-59 on Wednesday. Hope International returns to action on 1/2 when they host the University of British Columbia.
Past Weekly Winners (click on week for full write-up):
NCAA DI: Craig Neal – University New Mexico
NCAA DII: Stephen Joyner, Sr. – Johnson C. Smith University (NC)
NCAA DIII: John Tauer – University of St. Thomas (MN)
NAIA: Larry Cordaro – LSU-Alexandria
JUCO: Craig Doty – Rock Valley College (IL)
NCAA DI: Jim Boeheim – Syracuse University
NCAA DII: Johnny Estelle – Texas A&M-Kingsville
NCAA DIII: Andrew Sachs – Salisbury University (MD)
NAIA: Dave Holmquist– Biola University (CA)
JUCO: Charles Harral – Arizona Western College
NCAA DI: Frank Martin – University of South Carolina
NCAA DII: Jim Crutchfield – West Liberty University (WVa)
NCAA DIII: Frank Marcinek – Susquehanna University (PA)
NAIA: Carson Cunningham – Carroll College (MT)
JUCO: Steve Eck – Hutchinson CC (KS)
NCAA DI: Mike Lonergan – George Washington University
NCAA DII: R.C. Kehoe – Holy Family University (PA)
NCAA DIII: David Hixon – Amherst College (MA)
NAIA: Donnie Butcher – University of the Cumberlands (KY)
JUCO: Jim Morris – Iowa Western Community College
NCAA DI: King Rice – Monmouth University
Cinco Boone – Angelo State University (TX)
Grey Giovanine – Augustana College (IL)
Carson Harris – Marian University (IN)
Junior College: Corey Symons – North Idaho College