Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week Award winners for Week 9 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 9 winners are:
NCAA DI: Brad Brownell – Clemson. Brownell has the Tigers on a roll right now. Last week, they defeated two Top Ten opponents to run their winning streak to 5, including three in a row vs. ranked teams. Clemson opened the week by upsetting #6 Duke at home 68-63 as they handed the Blue Devils their first ACC loss of the season. On Saturday, a late 13-0 run helped the Tigers continued their winning ways by downing #8 Miami 76-65. The win upped Clemson’s record to 5-1 in the ACC, and marked the first time in school history that the Tigers have defeated three straight ranked opponents (they beat #16 Louisville on Jan. 10). The streak could be extended on Tuesday when they head to Virginia for a match up with the #11 Cavaliers.
NCAA DII: Nelson Haggerty – Midwestern State (TX). Two more wins this week for Haggerty’s squad as the Mustangs increase their winning streak to 12 games. Ranked #4 in the country in the NABC DII poll, 15-1 Midwestern State fended off a late run to defeat #6 Tarleton State on Wednesday 66-63. This was the second Top Ten victory of the season for the Mustangs – they knocked off #3 Bellarmine back in November. On Saturday they snapped Texas A&M-Commerce’s 11-game home win streak and matched the best start in program history with an 84-69 win. Haggerty now holds a 109-31 record in his 4+ seasons at Midwestern State, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2011-12.
NCAA DIII: Jeff Brown – Middlebury College (VT). A great week for Brown…he wins two conference games, including knocking off a nationally ranked opponent, and reaches a career milestone. Friday night, the Panthers upset #18 Tufts in an overtime thriller. Middlebury scored the first six points of the overtime, but Tufts rallied late, and had a three at the buzzer rim out to give Middlebury the win. The next day, Brown’s crew defeated Bates College 73-61 to give Brown the 300th win of his career. In 19 seasons at the helm, Brown is now 300-181 including a trip to the DIII Final Four in 2010-11.
NAIA: Rollie Massimino – Keiser University (FL). Massimino’s 10th ranked Seahawks went 3-0 this week to up their record to 19-1. On Monday, they drubbed Webber International 95-69 in a game where they led 55-28 at the half. They then grinded out a defensive battle with Florida Memorial 57-46 on Thursday. Saturday, they knocked off #7 Warner University in the NAIA Game of the Week, and increased their conference record to 7-0. The only loss this season for the Seahawks was to #7 Bethel (IN) 77-75 back in December. Massimino, who won the 1984-85 National Championship while he was the head coach at Villanova, is in his 10th season at Keiser (formerly known as Northwood). He now has 782 wins in his 39+ seasons as a head coach.
JUCO: Chris Hackett – Frank Phillips College (TX). Two big wins for Hackett and his crew this week as they improve to 15-4 (4-1). They opened the week with a 77-71 win over Howard College (TX) on Monday. FPC followed that up on Thursday with a big-time Western Junior College Athletic Conference road win 82-75 win at Midland. Hackett, who is in his fifth year as the head coach at FPC, has increased his win total in each of his first four seasons, and is looking to make it five this year.
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.
NCAA DI: Fran McCaffery – University of Iowa
NCAA DII: Lonn Reisman – Tarleton State University (TX)
NCAA DIII: Joe Nesci – New York University
NAIA: Bob Burchard – Columbia College (MO)
JUCO: Steve Green – South Plains College (TX)
NCAA DI: Bill Self – University of Kansas
NCAA DII: Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University (TN)
NCAA DIII: John Baines – Elmhurst College (IL)
NAIA: Kelly Wells – University of Pikeville (KY)
JUCO: Steve DeMeo – Northwest Florida State