Week 13: WHoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Capital Elite Agency

By AJ Nelson, WHoopDirt.com staff writer

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 13 WHoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Capital Elite Agency. These coaches are now eligible to receive the WHoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year Award presented by Capital Elite Agency which will be announced at the conclusion of the 2021-22 college basketball season.

This is the third season that WHoopDirt.com has run the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs. The list of 2021-22 Coach of the Week winners, as well as previous Coach of the Year winners can be found below this week’s recipients.

To nominate coaches for future weeks, please email [email protected] with your selection(s).

The Week 13 winners are:

NCAA DI: Jacie Hoyt – Kansas City

Jacie Hoyt Headshot 2021 Coach Hoyt and Kansas City picked up three hard-fought wins this week, extending their winning streak to five. The Roos trailed Western Illinois by six entering the fourth quarter on Monday, but outscored the visitors 32-18 in the final period to come away with a 74-66 victory. At St. Thomas on Thursday, Kansas City again recovered from a fourth-quarter deficit, outscoring the Tommies 16-6 in the frame and taking a 62-57 triumph. Closing out the week with a rematch against Western Illinois, the Roos erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where they emerged with an 87-85 victory. Now 18-5 (8-4 Summit) on the season, Kansas City will host Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon.

NCAA DII: Justin Payne – Georgia Southwestern State University

Justin Payne Coach Payne’s squad continued its stellar play this past week, taking down the 3rd-ranked team in the nation in one of two victories. The Lady Canes began their week by taking a 67-60 victory over Clayton State on Wednesday, before hosting No. 3 North Georgia on Saturday. The visitors led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but Georgia Southwestern closed the contest on a 15-2 run to pick up a huge 62-59 win. With another win on Monday, the Lady Canes are now 19-3 (11-2 PBC) on the season, marking the best start in program history and the most wins in the school’s NCAA era. They will look for win #20 when they host Flagler on Wednesday.

NCAA DIII: Emily Garner – Trinity College (CT)

Emily Garner Coach Garner guided Trinity to three more wins this past week, including one over a Top 10 opponent. The Bantams found themselves trailing Middlebury by 11 with just under eight minutes remaining on Wednesday, before rallying back into the game and eventually coming away with a 62-59 victory. Trinity then hosted then-No. 7 Tufts on Friday, jumping ahead 17-4 after one quarter and leading 32-11 at the half on the way to a 60-42 triumph. Back in action the following day, the Bantams opened the contest on a 17-0 run against Bates, setting the tone in what would be a 64-59 victory. Now 14-4 (6-1 NESCAC) on the season, Trinity will close out its three-game homestand with a matchup against Williams at 7PM tonight.

NAIA: Steve Brooks – Marian University – Indianapolis

Steve Brooks Photo With another pair of victories this past week, Coach Brooks’ squad extended its winning streak to 20 games. The 6th-ranked Knights visited Bethel on Tuesday, racking up a program-record 38 assists on 47 made field goals in a 115-67 victory. Returning to the floor on Saturday, Marian came away with a 60-54 win at Goshen in a defensive battle. Now 22-2 (14-0 Crossroads) on the season, the Knights have not lost in almost three months (Nov. 13th). Their next chance to extend the winning streak comes tomorrow evening, when they host St. Francis.

JUCO: Madonna Thompson – Shelton State Community College

Madonna Thompson Coach Thompson’s Bucs picked up two more dominant victories this past week, and now sit at 23-1 on the campaign. No. 2 Shelton State visited Snead State in its first contest of the week, out-rebounding the hosts 53-22 in a 109-51 victory. Back in action on Friday, the Bucs led Wallace Community College – Selma 26-5 after the first quarter en route to a 100-52 triumph. Another blowout win on Monday marked win No. 23 for Shelton State. After beginning the season 1-1, the Bucs have rattled off 22 consecutive victories. They will look to keep the streak alive when they visit Wallace State – Hanceville on Thursday evening.

2021-22 HoopDirt.com / Capital Elite Agency Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Anita Howard – Georgia Southern University
NCAA DII: Caleb and Nicole Neiman – Kentucky Wesleyan University
NCAA DIII: Courtney Burns – Mitchell College (CT)
NAIA: Janis Beal – The College of Idaho
JUCO: Mike Seney – CCBC Essex

Week 2

NCAA DI: Shereka Wright – Texas Arlington
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University (TX)
NCAA DIII: Dan Nagle – Nichols College (MA)
NAIA: David Smalley – University of Rio Grande (OH)
JUCO: Stephanie Murphy – Coahoma CC (MS)

Week 3

NCAA DI: Jose Fernandez – University of South Florida
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Carmen Dolfo – Western Washington University
NCAA DIII: Sasha Santimano – Bowdoin College
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University
JUCO: Patrick Cunningham – Arizona Western College

Week 4

NCAA DI: Ty Grace – Howard University
NCAA DII: Carrie Eighmey – University of Nebraska at Kearney
NCAA DIII: Brian Morehouse – Hope College
NAIA: Bryon Lawhorn – Bryan College
JUCO: Jeremy Thompson – Monroe College-Bronx

Week 5

NCAA DI: Nell Fortner – Georgia Tech
NCAA DII: Emilee Thiesse – Minnesota State University, Mankato
NCAA DIII: Michelle Ferenz – Whitman College
NAIA: Jesse Ford – Indiana University Northwest
JUCO: Marbely Montas – Union County College

Week 6

NCAA DI: Joni Taylor – University of Georgia
NCAA DII: Jason Burton – Texas A&M Commerce
NCAA DIII: Kole Vivian – Marietta College
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University
JUCO: Rich Cooper – Rowan College South Jersey-Gloucester

Week 7

NCAA DI: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina
NCAA DII: D2 winter break – no games played
NCAA DIII: Todd Kent – UC Santa Cruz
NAIA: Not enough games played (winter break + COVID cancellations)
JUCO: Not enough games played (winter break + COVID cancellations)

Week 8

NCAA DI: Robin Pingeton – University of Missouri
NCAA DII: Michael Madrid – Texas A&M Kingsville
NCAA DIII: Deena Applebury – University of Mary Washington
NAIA: Dan Davis – Grace College
JUCO: James Frey – South Georgia Tech

Week 9

NCAA DI: Wes Moore – North Carolina State University
NCAA DII: Tony Hobson – Fort Hays State University
NCAA DIII: Sarah Lombard – Hartwick College
NAIA: Hannah Moeller – Mid-American Christian University
JUCO: Penny Belford – Pensacola State College

Week 10

NCAA DI: Jeff Walz – University of Louisville
NCAA DII: Cedric Baker – Savannah State University
NCAA DIII: Alison Montgomery – Bates College
NAIA: K.C. Basset – Sterling College
JUCO: Letitia Hughley – Mott Community College

Week 11

NCAA DI: Kelly Rae Finley – University of Florida
NCAA DII: Jeri Porter – Francis Marion University
NCAA DIII: Mike Miller – Messiah University
NAIA: Anji Weissenfluh – Eastern Oregon University
JUCO: Stephen Perry – Owens Community College

Week 12

NCAA DI: Niele Ivey – Notre Dame
NCAA DII: Kim Stephens – Glenville State College
NCAA DIII: Juli Fulks – Transylvania University
NAIA: Chad Folsom – Benedictine College (KS)
JUCO: Randy Rogers – College of Southern Idaho

All-time WHoopDirt.com Coach of the Year winners:

Division I

Division II

Division III



  • 2020-21: No winner named – COVID season
  • 2019-20: Cayla Petree – South Plains College (TX)

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