Week 13: WHoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Pivot Analysis

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 Pivot Analysis. These coaches are now eligible to receive the WHoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year Award presented by Pivot Analysis which will be announced at the conclusion of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

This is the second season that HoopDirt.com and Pivot Analysis have run the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs. This season’s weekly winners, and COY winners can be found following this weeks honorees.

This season will be a bit different, however. As college basketball adjusts to life with COVID, so will we. Not every level will be honored on a weekly basis – we will honor as many of the levels as possible provided enough games are played. It’s different than in the past, but we still hope to have enough weekly winners at each level to name a Coach of the Year (NCAA DI, D2, D3, NAIA, and JUCO) at the end of the season

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

The Week 13 winners are:

NCAA DI: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson – University of Central Florida

Coach Abe Coach Abrahamson-Henderson collected her 100th victory at UCF as the Knights won a pair of closely-contested games this week. A 63-61 win at Tulane on Wednesday marked the milestone for Coach Abrahamson-Henderson in her fifth season with UCF. In her career, which includes time at Missouri State and Albany, she now holds a record of 340-149 (.695). Her squad closed out the week with a 53-51 victory over Tulsa to improve to 12-2 (10-1 AAC) on the season. UCF returns to action on Saturday, when they face off against Temple at home.

NCAA DII: Emma Andrews – Cameron University

Emma 2019 With two wins over No. 5 West Texas A&M this week, Coach Andrews’ squad has now won three straight games against top-10 opponents. After defeating 7th-ranked Texas A&M – Commerce on February 9th, the Aggies had two games postponed before their series with West Texas A&M. In the first contest, Cameron recorded a program-record 22 steals in a 72-66 overtime victory. The following day’s rematch saw the Aggies jump out to an 11-point halftime lead en route to a 70-60 triumph. After a 3-5 start, Cameron has now won six consecutive games to move to 9-5 (9-5 Lone Star) on the season. The Aggies return to action on Thursday afternoon, when they visit Texas Woman’s.

NCAA DIII: Darrin Travillian – Maryville College (TN)

Darrin Travillian Two more wins this past week have pushed Coach Travillian’s Scots into the No. 10 spot in the latest D3hoops.com Top-15 Rankings. Maryville, who entered last week ranked No. 12, handed LaGrange their first two losses of the season this week – winning by scores of 64-55 on Thursday and 73-64 on Saturday. With these victories, the Scots moved to a perfect 10-0 (10-0 USA South) on the season. They will look to remain unbeaten when they start a two-game series with Piedmont on Saturday.

NAIA: Kirsten Moore – Westmont College

Kirsten Moore (Photo by Brad Elliott) Coach Moore’s squad completed a three-game sweep of No. 12 Vanguard this week, clinching the GSAC West regular season title in the process. The 4th-ranked Warriors began the three-game set by taking a 64-45 victory on the road on Tuesday, before heading home for the final two games of the series. On Friday, Westmont again shut down Vanguard’s offense, coming away with a 60-44 triumph in the conference clincher. The Warriors then closed out the series with a 63-60 victory on Saturday, improving to 8-1 (5-0 GSAC) on the season. Westmont is unbeaten against non-NCAA Division I opponents this year, as their only loss came in their season opener at Pepperdine. They will look for their ninth consecutive victory when they face off against Hope International on the road on Friday.

JUCO: Mike Russell – Snow College

Mike Russell Coach Russell’s Lady Badgers have entered the NJCAA Division I Top-25 rankings thanks to a pair of wins over ranked opponents this past week. On Thursday, Snow took down No. 17 College of Southern Idaho by a score of 67-53. The Lady Badgers then came away with a 60-59 victory over No. 12 Salt Lake Community College in a back-and-forth contest that featured 16 lead changes. Snow is now 9-2 (4-1 SWAC) on the season, and ranked 24th in the nation. Their next contest comes on Wednesday at the College of Southern Nevada.

2020-21 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Mike Carey – West Virginia University
NCAA DII: Nate Vogel – Texas A&M International University
NCAA DIII: No week 1 winner awarded
NAIA: Jessie Biggs – Indiana Institute of Technology
JUCO: No week 1 winner awarded

Week 2

NCAA DI: Adia Barnes – University of Arizona
NCAA DII: Jason Williams – Belmont Abbey College (NC)
NCAA DIII: Blake Arbogast – East Texas Baptist University
NAIA: Krista Van Hauen – St. Ambrose University (IA)
JUCO: No week 2 winner awarded

Week 3

NCAA DI: Amy Vachon – University of Maine
NCAA DII: Lora Westling – Western Colorado University
NCAA DIII: Polly Thomason – University of Texas Dallas
NAIA: Megan Leuzinger – Evangel University (MO)
JUCO: No week 3 winner awarded

Week 4

NCAA DI: Aaron Johnston – South Dakota State University
NCAA DII: Tanya Haave – Metropolitan State University of Denver
NCAA DIII: No week 4 winner awarded
NAIA: Ginger High Colvin – Campbellsville University (KY)
JUCO: No week 4 winner awarded

Week 5

NCAA DI: Tara VanDerveer – Stanford University
NCAA DII: No winner – mandatory DII winter break
NCAA DIII: No week 5 winner awarded
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University (KY)
JUCO: No week 5 winner awarded

Week 6

NCAA DI: Kyra Elzy – University of Kentucky
NCAA DII: No week 6 winner awarded
NCAA DIII: Cassi Rozanski – LeTourneau University (TX)
NAIA: Grady Morrell – Webber International University (FL)
JUCO: No week 6 winner awarded

Week 7

NCAA DI: Seton Sobolewski – Idaho State University
NCAA DII: Carrie Eighney  – University of Nebraska Kearney
NCAA DIII: No week 7 winner awarded
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University (IA)
JUCO: No week 7 winner awarded

Week 8

NCAA DI: Bill Fennelly  – Iowa State University
NCAA DII: Meagan Price – Tusculum University (TN)
NCAA DIII: Rodney Rogan – Rhodes College (TN)
NAIA: Jamie Sale – Morningside College (IA)
JUCO: No week 7 winner awarded

Week 9

NCAA DI: Jeff Walz – University of Louisville
NCAA DII: Kim Stephens – Glenville State College (WVa)
NCAA DIII: Katherine Menendez – Colorado College
NAIA: Katie Gearlds – Marian University (IN)
JUCO: Chad Gibney – Western Nebraska CC

Week 10

NCAA DI: Lisa Fortier – Gonzaga University
NCAA DII: Kari Hoffman – Cedarville University (OH)
NCAA DIII: Beth Andrews – John Carroll University (OH)
NAIA: Kellie Kennedy – Loyola University – New Orleans
JUCO: Mercedes Corona – Arkansas State University Mid-South

Week 11

NCAA DI: Jarrod Olson – Cal Baptist University
NCAA DII: Toby Winn – Emporia State University (KS)
NCAA DIII: Brian Morehouse – Hope College (MI)
NAIA: Ericka Stuckman – University of Mobile (AL)
JUCO: Karrie Redeker – Illinois Central College

Week 12

NCAA DI: Geno Auriemma – UConn
NCAA DII: Jasmina Perazic – Georgian Court University (NJ)
NCAA DIII: Kent Madsen – Wheaton College (IL)
NAIA: K.C. Bassett – Sterling College (KS)
JUCO: Jim Turgeon – Independence College (KS)

2019-20 WHoopDirt.com / Pivot Analysis Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

Division II

Division III

  • 2019-20: Jill Pace – Tufts University (MA)



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