Week 9: HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 9 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 9 winners are:

NCAA DI: Kermit Davis – Ole Miss

Coach Davis turned his first-year at Ole Miss from great to historic this week, with back-to-back wins over top-15 opponents. On Wednesday, the Rebels took down #11 Auburn in dominating fashion with an 82-67 win. The victory made Coach Davis the second coach in program history win 12 of his first 14 games with Ole Miss. Following this game, Ole Miss defeated #14 Mississippi State 81-77 on the road, marking their 10th straight win. It is the first time since the 2007-08 season that Ole Miss has won 10 in a row, and the first time since 2002-03 that they have beaten back to back ranked teams. The Rebels will aim to extend their winning on streak on Tuesday against LSU.

NCAA DII: Bart Lundy – Queens University of Charlotte

Coach Lundy’s Queens (NC) squad continued its usual dominance this week, winning two more games and extending their win streak to 10 in a row. With a hard-fought 96-94 victory at Newberry on Wednesday and an 81-77 defeat of Carson-Newman on Saturday, the Royals were able to secure their 4th straight season with a win streak of at least 10 games and remain the only undefeated team in conference play (15-2 overall, 7-0 SAC). The #13 (NABC poll) Royals have now been ranked in the NABC Coaches’ Poll for 51 consecutive weeks, dating back to the week of November 24, 2015. Queens is back in action on Wednesday in a road matchup against Catawba.

NCAA DIII: Greg Dunne – SUNY Brockport

In a three-win week for The College at Brockport – SUNY, Coach Dunne picked up a milestone victory – his 200th with the program. Brockport rebounded from a halftime deficit on Tuesday to defeat Buffalo State 88-85 and a 13-point deficit in the second half in a 65-63 victory over SUNY New Paltz on Friday. An 86-75 win over SUNY Oneonta on Saturday closed the week and marked the 200th career win at the helm of the Golden Eagles program for Coach Dunne. Brockport is 10-4 on the season and 6-1 in the SUNYAC. They return to action on Saturday at SUNY Geneseo.

NAIA: Ty Harrelson – Wayland Baptist University (TX)

Ty Harrleson #24 Wayland Baptist, led by Coach Harrelson, came away with two nail-biting road victories, winning both games by a combined three points this week. On Thursday, the Pioneers shot 27-30 from the line to knock off 12th ranked Oklahoma City 76-75, marking Coach Harrelson’s 75th win with the program. Wayland Baptist followed this up with a 77-75 defeat of Southwestern Christian, thanks to a game winning basket with three seconds remaining. The win was the fourth straight for the Pioneers, who moved to 12-4 on the season and 7-1 in conference play. They return home for a matchup against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Tuesday. 

JUCO: Mike Burris – Olney Central College (IL)

Mike BurrisCoach Burris and his Olney Central College squad had a huge week, taking down an archrival and the #1 team in the country in a 2-0 week. The Blue Knights opened the week by defeating undefeated DI JUCO #1 Vincennes 98-96 in overtime on the road. They carried this momentum into a matchup with rival Wabash Valley, coming away with a thrilling 70-68 victory. Olney Central improved to 15-1 on the season with these victories and Burris’ squad have now won five straight. The Blue Knights are on the road again Wednesday as they take on Shawnee CC.

USCAA: LeShawn Hammett – Penn State-Wilkes Barre

LeShawn HammettCoach Hammett, coming off his 100th career victory, led Penn State Wilkes-Barre to three more conference victories this week, improving to 10-3 on the season. The Nittany Lions won all three games handily, with an 89-71 win over Penn State Scranton, as well as 72-53 and 73-53 road victories over Penn State Schuylkill and Hazelton, respectively. Penn State Wilkes-Barre is now a perfect 8-0 in PSUAC play and have won four games in a row. The Nittany Lions are back on the road for a match-up against Penn State Brandywine on Tuesday.

[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)

Week 6

NCAA DI: Kelvin Sampson – University of Houston
NCAA DII: Eric Bovaird – Chaminade University (HI)
NCAA DIII: Carl Danzig – University of Scranton (PA)
NAIA: Jared Ronai – Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH)
JUCO: William West – Prince George’s Community College (MD)

Week 7

NCAA DI: Johnny Jones -Texas Southern University
NCAA DII: Jim Crutchfield – Nova Southeastern University (FL)
NCAA DIII: Tom Spanbauer – SUNY Cortland
NAIA: Jayson Artaz – Bethel College (KS)
JUCO: Jeff Brustad – Monroe College (NY)

Week 8

NCAA DI: Chris Mullin – St. John’s University
Scott Davenport – Bellarmine University (KY)
Matt Siverling – Wisconsin-Eau Claire
R-Jay Barsh – Southeastern University (FL)
Mark Bunker – Scottsdale CC (AZ)
Don Silveri – Villa Maria College (NY)

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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