Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week Award winners for week 7 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.
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The Week 7 winners are:
NCAA DI: Fran McCaffery – University of Iowa. A monster week for McCaffery and his Hawkeyes as they knocked off two Top 15 teams including #1 Michigan State. Tuesday’s convincing 83-70 win vs. MSU was the first Iowa victory over a #1 ranked opponent since 1999 (UConn) and the first win over a top-ranked opponent inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena ever. McCaffery and his troops then hit the road Saturday where they defeated #14 Purdue 70-63 in a game where the Hawkeyes were down 17 at the half. Iowa is now 11-3 (2-0 Big Ten).
NCAA DII: Lonn Reisman – Tarleton State University (TX). A week that not only saw Reisman’s Texans go 2-0, but also saw the veteran head coach pick up win #600. The 12th-ranked Texans defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State 81-55 on Thursday, and then won their Lone Star Conference opener on Saturday by downing Cameron 71-61. Reisman has now become the sixth active Division II head coach and 16th all time to win 600 career games. Tarleton faces a huge LSC match-up with #6 Angelo State Wednesday night.
NCAA DIII: Joe Nesci – New York University. #12 NYU remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 week to stretch their record to 8-0. On Wednesday they defeated crosstown rival Yeshiva 66-57 in a game where they trailed by 7 at the half. Over the weekend, Nesci’s squad won both games that they played in their Holiday Classic. Saturday they beat Salve Regina 77-62, and then turned around on Sunday to knock off Emmanuel College 79-61. Nesci, who has been the head coach at NYU since 1988, now has 482 wins at the school.
NAIA: Bob Burchard – Columbia College (MO). Burchard led his 5th ranked Cougars to a 2-0 week and increased their record to 14-1 on the season. On Saturday, the Cougars erased a halftime deficit to beat conference foe Missouri Baptist 81-70 which upped their American Midwest Conference record to 7-0. Earlier in the week, CC defeated Philander Smith College 97-90 to avenge their only loss of the season. Also, in a ceremony before Saturday’s game, the court at Columbia College was named “Bob Burchard Court” to honor the coach who picked up win #700 earlier this season.
JUCO: Steve Green – South Plains College (TX). A great week for Green and his crew, as South Plains goes 3-0 to capture the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout Championship. Playing three games in three days, SPC downed #25 Williston State 81-74, Baltimore City CC 85-63, and in the championship game beat Big Bend CC 81-65. Green’s squad got off to a slow start this season, but have now ripped off nine wins in a row to improve their record to 11-4. In his 16th season at SPC, Green has two NJCAA DI National Championships under his belt, and was recently elected to the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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
NCAA DII: Cinco Boone – Angelo State University (TX)
NCAA DIII: Grey Giovanine – Augustana College (IL)
NAIA: Carson Harris – Marian University (IN)
JUCO: Corey Symons – North Idaho College
NCAA DI: Dan Majerle – Grand Canyon University
NCAA DII: Christmas holiday – not enough NCAA DII games played to justify the selection of a winner.
NCAA DIII: Greg Mitchell – Hope College (MI)
NAIA: Bill Czech – Hope International University (CA)
JUCO: Christmas holiday – not enough JUCO games played to justify the selection of a winner.