We have compiled a list of 50 current NCAA DIII head coaches that have made their marks in DIII basketball. As a former DIII player (Occidental College ‘03, reached Elite 8 of the national tournament), I take great pride in this amazing division of the NCAA. Some of the best X’s and O’s coaches and genuine mentors are in this division because they set aside their ego of coaching one-and-done transfer players for those who are 4-year, true student-athletes that they can develop on and off the court. I have been able to get to know many of these coaches having sent many Northwest student-athletes to these colleges as well as through personal experiences with the Yale Elite Camp, WCE High Academic Super Bowl, and my NW High Academic Showcase - Chase Young.
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Coach Anderson is a reputable coach and fixture in DIII basketball. His teams have been ranked in the top 25 eight of the past 11 seasons and was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame in 2009. I get to see and visit with coach Anderson at many high academic camps, and it’s always an honor to talk with him. He is a coach and person with integrity and passes along a “championship approach” to all his student-athletes.
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Jean Bain became head coach at Brandeis in 2018 and in his first season with the Judges, he led the team to an 18-11 record and a berth in the ECAC Division III tournament. He led the team to their fourth ECAC crown in program history. Bain came to Brandeis after two seasons at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, Bain served as the associate head coach at Dartmouth College. In Division III basketball, Bain helped Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to a 24-5 record and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament as an assistant in 2004-05.
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This is coach Bartley’s 19th season as head coach at WPI and he was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the 5th time this year. His WPI team is a conference powerhouse, and his system and program is incredibly well run. Coach Bartley has taken his WPI program to the NCAA tournament 11 times and nine NEWMAC regular season championships.
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Coach Brennen is in his 17th season as head coach, has 11 NEWMAC conference championships, and led Babson to a NCAA DIII National Title in 2017. He has been named the NABC Coach of the Year as well as NEWMAC Coach of the Year 9 times. His program is well respected and always a powerhouse in DIII basketball. Coach Brennen instills the values of toughness and consistency.
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Eric Bridgeland arrived at the University of Redlands in the spring of 2020 as an esteemed NCAA Division III coach with 20 years of head coaching experience. Most recently, he led the Whitman College (WA) Blues to three Northwest Conference titles and six runner-up finishes. During the last five years, Whitman has qualified for the NCAA tournament each season and advanced to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final Four. His 2019 seniors graduated as the winningest class in NCAA Division III history, as they contributed to three undefeated titles in NWC action, and a 67-conference game win streak. In addition, he owns multiple national, regional, and conference coach of the year awards.
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A living legend that has nearly surpassed the 600 win mark as a head coach, Brock brings a wealth of experience and success to the birthplace of basketball. He has served as the NABC President, on the NCAA rules committee, and has received the NABC's Guardian of the Game Award for Advocacy during his distinguished career. Brock coached in the NCAA DIII Final Four two years ago and his teams have been in the NCAA DIII Top 25 plenty of times in recent years. Due to his efforts in the historic 2018 season, he was awarded the Glenn Robinson Award, which is given to the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year.
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Brown has been Middlebury’s head coach for 23 years. He led the Panthers to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2008-13) with a combined record of 147-26. In 2010-11, the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Final Four, setting a new school record with a 28-2 mark. He was named both the NESCAC and NABC District Coach of the Year after the record-setting season.
Coach Bokosky is as competitive as they get. He operates his teams in a way that demands excellence. I have had multiple players lucky enough to play for coach Bokosky, and they have found a lot of success. He is Chapman’s all-time winningest head coach, named Coach of the Year by the Association of DIII Independents twice, and was named SCIAC Coach of the Year in 2016.
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Terry Butterfield has been the Comet’s head coach for 20 years and has developed the UT Dallas men's program into a regional and national contender. Coach Butterfield earned his 500th career coaching win this year and has nine regular-season titles and seven berths into the NCAA Division III National Tournament, including three trips to the Sweet 16 and a trip to the Elite 8. He is an eight-time ASC Coach of the Year and was honored as the D3hoops.com South Region Coach of the Year in 2020.
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Coach Cavaco has been the coach at Oberlin for 15 years. I see coach Cavaco at the Yale Camp each year and he is always one of the most energetic and fun coaches to be around. He was a 4-year letterman at Yale so he knows what it means to be an elite student-athlete. His teams execute well and play with amazing intensity, especially on defense. He’s a player’s coach and has a high demand from his student-athletes.
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Matt Croci is the only coach in the 37-year history of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) to win honors as the NCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year (1994) and Coach of the Year (2008, 2018). Wittenberg went 28-2 this year and was in the Sweet 16 when the season was cut short from COVID-19.
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Bill Curley begins his fourth season as Head Coach of Emerson Men's Basketball. He was associate head coach with Jim O’Brien, who he had played for at Boston College. As a player, he was named Big East Freshman of the Year and also was named to the Big East First Teams his junior and senior year. He also led his Boston College team to an Elite 8 appearance. Curley’s Emerson team won the NEWMAC conference tournament in 2019.
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Coach Doherty is an enthusiastic coach with a pedigree of winning as both a DI student-athlete and a coach at Lafayette. Winning at every stage of his career, he has brought that mentality and winning results to Harvarford in each of his 3 years as head coach. Coach Doherty runs an incredible program and has everything in place for his student-athletes to succeed on and off the court.
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Coach Dunne was hired by the College of Brockport in 2007. His teams have made three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, 11 trips to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, including another SUNYAC Championship this past season going 17-1 in conference. They were set to play in the Sweet 16 until the season was called to a halt due to COVID-19.
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This is Chris Ehmer’s eighth season as head coach of the men's basketball program. His 45 wins are more than any other head coach in team history. Ehmer was named Skyline Coach of the Year in the 2018-19 campaign after guiding the Gryphons to their best season to date and earning a spot into the Skyline Men's Basketball Championship for the first time in program history.
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Coach Eslinger is a genuine person and mentor. He is a great X’s and O’s coach and uses his style and players to execute high percentage plays on both ends. This year, Doc and his staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year in SCIAC. His vast knowledge of the game and maximizing his student-athletes’ potential is second to none. He has made his Caltech Beavers one of the most feared teams to play by opposing SCIAC coaches. He has had an impressive winning record in a very competitive SCIAC conference.
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Mike Fuline has been Mount Union’s coach for 10 years and has led the Purple Raiders to five winning seasons, two Ohio Athletic Conference regular season titles, an OAC Tournament title, and an NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16. In 2019, Mount Union won 22 games and earned an OAC regular season title, winning at least 20 games for the third time in six seasons. Fuline was named OAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2015.
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Jon Furbush completed his 12th season as head coach of the Bates College men’s basketball team this year. He has seven NESCAC Championship tournament appearances through 11 seasons, including three appearances in the NESCAC semifinals. In the 2014-15 season, Furbush led the Bobcats to their most victories in program history (21) and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Furbush was named 2014-15 Maine Coach of the Year by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association.
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Jeff Gard won another WIAC title this year in his 11th season as the head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He brought the program to conference, regional, and national prominence in 2017-2018 when Gard guided the Pioneers to a 24-5 overall record, a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship (12-2), and an NCAA III Sweet 16 appearance.
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Coach Gilbride and his Engineers were the Liberty League champions this year in an impressive run through the conference. His success has come from his development of players and his high level of recruiting. Coach Gilbride spent three seasons as an assistant coach at prestigious institutions at all three divisions of the NCAA: Yale University in 2008-09 (2nd in Ivy League), Stonehill College in 2007-08 (18 wins), and Amherst College in 2006-07 (30-2, NCAA Champions).
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Gary Grzesk finished his 14th season as St. Norbert College's men's basketball coach and won another conference title with a berth into the NCAA DIII National Tournament. St. Norbert is 274-86 under Grzesk’s supervision. The Green Knights have won 9 Midwest Conference championships and have appeared in six NCAA Division III Tournaments. In the 2018-2019 season, St. Norbert also completed a 72-game unbeaten run against Midwest Conference opponents, a NCAA Division III record.
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Coach Hamilton, aka Coach Mako, is in his 7th year as head coach at George Fox, and is one of the friendliest coaches you will find. He is charismatic and positive. He takes a lot of pride in his basketball teams and brings a big-time program feel to his student-athletes. The knowledge, coaching, resources, and facilities that are available to his players are very unique at George Fox and makes for a great environment for elite student-athletes
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Matt Hunter completed his eighth year at the helm of the York College men’s basketball program and won the Capital Athletic Conference regular season title, conference championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA National Tournament this past season. Hunter was named region Co-coach of the Year in 2018. Coach Hunter puts his player first and instills hard work and dedication in all of his teams.
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Ryan Hyland has been the head men's basketball coach at John Jay College of Criminal Justice since 2014. In six seasons at John Jay, Coach Hyland has taken the Bloodhounds to a new level. Hyland has already ascended into second all-time in career wins at John Jay and has averaged 18 victories per season over the past two years. Hyland has demonstrated one of the biggest turnarounds in Division III, leading the Bloodhounds to a 17-win improvement from 2015-2020. During his time at John Jay, the Bloodhounds have earned five postseason appearances, reached the Conference semifinals in each of the last 3 Seasons, and reached back to back ECAC Tournaments.
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Coach Jablonski is a very talented coach who puts a lot of pride in defense and player development. I have sent Whitworth multiple players and they all feel a great sense of pride playing for Coach Jablonski. As associate head coach at Whitworth for 6 years, he won the NWC title all 6 times and now as the head coach won another title.He was leading the Bucs to the Sweet 16 before the season ended early due to COVID-19. Damion is becoming a well-known coach around the nation and will continue to produce winning teams.
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Kevin Jaskiewicz led Coast Guard to a 16-8 record, their most wins and first winning season since the 2007-08 season. As head coach at Coast Guard, Jaskiewicz has continued his track record of solid recruiting and player development. His teams are recognized for their hard work, discipline, and team play.
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Coach Juckem was hired by Wash U in 2018 after spending the previous six seasons as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. While there, he led them to a 25-8 overall record in 2017-18, and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game. Coach Juckem is an experienced, passionate coach who knows how to develop student-athletes on and off the court.
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Since assuming the permanent head coaching duties in 1988, Charles Katsiaficas ("Coach Kat") has led the Sagehens to 11 Regular Season SCIAC Championships (3 SCIAC Tournament Championships) and 12 berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament, including the deepest run in program history in 2020 when the Sagehens advanced to the Sweet 16(cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak). He also eclipsed the 500-win mark for his career in 2019-2020. Coach Kat is always welcoming, enthusiastic, and fun to be around.
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Coach Kosmalski is definitely among the best when it comes to DIII head coaches and programs. He is in Davidson’s Hall of Fame as a player and has continued his competitive drive as a coach. The culture that Coach Kosmalski has created is also unique in that they are extremely well connected between players and coaches. His team was ranked #1 all season and was going into the Sweet 16 with a 28-1 record before the COVID-19 disruption
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Krikorian has been the men's basketball coach at Christopher Newport University since 2010. He has led Christopher Newport to two Final Fours in 2016 and 2019. In his ten seasons as head coach, Krikorian has led the Captains to seven NCAA Tournaments, including the last five years.Krikorian has been named the Capital Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year the last five years, and led his team to a 9-1 league mark in 2019-2020 and a conference regular-season co-championship. He also had a perfect regular-season (18-0) in the league in 2015-2016. Krikorian’s teams at CNU have won at least 18 games per season, and have advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship game every year since joining the league.
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Matt Lewis is entering his third season as head coach of the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball program. Lewis guided the Titans to a NCAA Division III National Championship in 2019. This past season Lewis and UW-Oshkosh won the WIAC postseason title and reached the second round of the Division III Tournament. Lewis collected Division III Coach of the Year honors from the NABC, D3hoops.com, DIII News and the Glenn Robinson Award committee. He was also named WIAC Coach of the Year and Division III Public Schools Men's Basketball Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
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Coach Loefller has been the head coach at Johns Hopkins for 3 seasons and has put them at the top of the Centennial Conference. In 2019, his team won the conference championship, and he was named Coach of the Year. He followed it up again this year, and led Johns Hopkins to back-to-back conference championships and earned a berth into the NCAA DIII National Tournament.
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Rusty Loyd enters his seventh season as men's basketball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Since taking over in 2014, he has led his team to six consecutive winning seasons and three appearances in the HCAC tournament championship game. Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to three 17-win seasons in the last five years, highlighted by three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.
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coach Lunt brings an intense energy and focus to his teams and those around him. Before becoming the Pacific head coach, Lunt was the head coach for 12 years at UPS where he was named Coach of the Year and won multiple conference championships. In his first year at Pacific, he has continued to put up big numbers with his team finishing 3rd in the country in turnovers forced, 4th in the country in overall offense, 5th in the country in made 3 pointers, and 5th in the country in steals. His teams get after it!
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Mike McGrath completed his 21st season as head men's basketball coach at the University of Chicago in 2019-20. He is the school's all-time leader in wins with an overall record of 310-222, including a 182-114 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. A three-time UAA Coach of the Year, McGrath has guided UChicago to a NCAA Division III Elite Eight berth and Sweet 16 appearance, as well as four UAA titles. Over his career at UChicago, McGrath has been named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year four times (2000, 2001, 2007, 2008).
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Coach McCrory has become a good friend of mine since moving from Ohio where he was an associate head coach at Oberlin College. As Lewis and Clark’s new head coach, he has made his mark in the conference, turning the program around with a winning season and one of the top teams in the NWC. He is a good recruiter and his teams play with passion and grit.
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Ryan Mee came to Vassar College for his first head coaching position in the summer of 2018, after serving as an assistant coach at five prior destinations over many different levels. From 2012-2018, Mee served as an assistant coach at Division I Davidson College under legendary head coach Bob McKillop. Coach Mee is a knowledgeable coach with great connections to his student-athletes.
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Josh Merkel completed his fifth season as head coach at Randolph-Macon and was having another great run this year until it abruptly ended due to COVID-19. His Yellow Jackets have gone 55-6 over the past two seasons, including 30-2 in ODAC play. Merkel has been ODAC Coach of the Year each of the past three seasons. The Yellow Jackets captured both the ODAC regular-season and tournament titles and were on deck to play in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year until the season was canceled.
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Pat Miller is entering his 20th year at the helm of the program in 2020-21. As of 2019, Miller ranks fourth all-time in winning percentage among coaches (minimum 10 seasons) coaching at the NCAA DIII level and fifth among active DIII coaches. A four-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Miller has led the Warhawks to two NCAA Division III national championships (2012,2014). In addition, Miller has led the Warhawks to six WIAC regular season championships, four league tournament titles, and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
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Coach Murray has been the PLU head coach since 2017 and is a very smart and respected coach. He has led his team to a huge 2019-2020 season putting PLU in the top 4 in the NWC. Coach Murrah is a very humble coach who honestly cares about the well being of his student-athletes and their future after PLU.
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Coach Nelson was hired in 2017 as head coach at NYU. He is a great coach who is personable and fun to be around. He has coached for multiple DI programs and knows how to recruit. Nelson’s players are also recognized for their academic accomplishments as five team members earned UAA All-Academic honors this year.
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Brian Newhall was my coach at Occidental and is the winningest coach in school history. He entered his 31st season in 2019-20 with a 100% team graduation rate. During his tenure, the Tigers have earned regional and national rankings, and I was lucky enough to be part of the team that produced the only perfect 14-0 record in SCIAC history and triumphed in two NCAA playoff games to reach the NCAA III Elite 8. Coach Newhall has an incredibly loyal following from his players. He connects with his student-athletes and pushes them to reach their potential in life, not just in basketball.
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In his 7th year as head coach, Coach Rosenberg has once again shown his incredible talent as a X’s and O’s coach to bring his Linfield team to the top of the NWC in 2020. Amongst these very talented teams and coaches in the NWC, he has again beat every team in the conference going 14-2. He earned NWC Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2020. Coach Rosenberg’s teams are always disciplined and full of intensity which is a reflection of him and his staff.
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Coach Scal is one of my favorite coaches to visit with. He loves his teams and gives them everything he can. The school’s facilities are second to none, and Scal runs his team like a D1 program with very high expectations which fuels his student-athletes. Coach Scal is the winningest coach in CMS history and has placed 1st or 2nd in SCIAC 17 times over his 21 years as head coach.
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Bob Semling has won four national championships with the Pointers. In 15 seasons at UW-Stevens Point, Semling has led his program to two NCAA Division III national championships (2010, 2015). He also served as an assistant coach on the back-to-back national championship teams in 2004 and 2005. His .772 career winning percentage entering this season is the highest among active Division III coaches and ranks 10th all-time among all divisions for coaches with at least 10 seasons as a head coach.
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Coach Sheldon is Tufts’s all-time leader in victories (448), putting him in the top 40 for active head coaches in Division III. Sheldon has guided the Jumbos to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including four Sweet 16 finishes. In 2017, Sheldon was voted D3Hoops.com's Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
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Coach Aubrey Shelton is a UPS graduate who put the Loggers into the Sweet 16 twice as a player and the Elite 8 as an assistant. During an amazing 11 year stint as the Lincoln HS (WA) head coach, he earned 8 Coach of the Year awards. Now as the UPS head coach he has earned his respect as one of the top coaches in the conference. Coach Shelton is a reliable and honest person who doesn’t sugar coat things, and has a great repore with all his student-athletes.
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Ellito Steinmetz has led the men's basketball team to an appearance in the Skyline Conference Championships during each of his first six years as head coach, including capturing the first Skyline title and NCAA tournament bid in program history in 2017-18. He led the Maccabees to another Skyline tournament crown in 2019-20. The Macs made history by winning two NCAA tournament games to secure their first ever berth in the Sweet 16 (season was then cut short due to COVID-19). Steinmetz was named Skyline Coach of the Year twice and earned Atlantic Region Coach of the Year accolades from D3hoops.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
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Adam Stockwell is in his eighth season as the head men's basketball coach at Hamilton College. In the 2017-18 season, Stockwell was selected the NESCAC Coach of the Year as he led the Continentals to one of their most successful seasons in program history. He guided the Hamilton men to a 15-0 start and an overall record of 24-5. Coach Stockwell’s Continentals has earned the Team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC for the fifth straight year.
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This is coach Strahorns 9th year as head coach at Colby College, and his team was ranked #5 in the country this year. They went 24-4 overall and 8-2 in conference play. This past season, Coach Strahorn led Colby to another NESCAC championship and berth into the NCAA DIII National Tournament.
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John Tauer was named the Division III National Coach of the Year in 2013 by Basketball Times and in 2016 by both the National Basketball Coaches' Association and D3 News. Tauer also has received West Region Coach of the Year five times and is the recipient of five MIAC Coach of the Year Awards. He was the second fastest in history to reach 200 victorie. His .808 win percentage ranks first among active Division III coaches and in the top five among all active NCAA men's coaches
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This was Stephen Thompson’s first year as head coach at Hobart, and he had an impressive 2nd place regular season finish in a stacked conference. His team earned a berth to the DIII National Tournament and were on their way to play in the Sweet 16 before COVID-19 put an end to the season. Thompson graduated from Hobart in 2013, and, as a player, Thompson was named to three All-American teams. Thompson amassed a total of 1,643 career points, fourth on Hobart's all-time scoring list. He brings a lot of energy and success to this program.
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Dale Wellman, a two-time National Coach of the Year, enters his seventh season as head men’s basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Coach Wellman has led the Prairie Wolves to three conference championships, three national tournament appearances, and the 2018 NCAA DIII National Championship in his five years. Last season, he was named the HoopDirt.Com NCAA Division III Coach of the Year and guided NWU to a 27-2 overall record, reaching the second round of the NCAA DIII Tournament.
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Coach Abe Woldeslassie is entering his third year as head coach and graduated from Macalester in ‘08 where he was a two-time All-MIAC player. He is trustworthy and incredibly smart, and it’s evident in his program as well. There is a high level of trust between players and coaches and his teams take pride in playing smart and playing the right way. Coach Abe has also represented his efforts to bring the best student-athletes to Macalester by traveling across America to find the right pieces. His recruiting and basketball knowledge also stems from his experience on staff at Davidson and Dartmouth.