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 2019-20 college basketball season.

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

Previous weekly winners can be found below this week’s recipients.

The Week 13 winners are:

NCAA DI: Heather Oesterle – Central Michigan University

Oesterle_HeatherWith two more wins this week, Coach Oesterle’s Chippewas have now won 18 of their last 19 games and remain unbeaten in the MAC. On Wednesday, Central Michigan used a big first quarter to come away with a 66-60 home victory over Northern Illinois. A 99-87 road triumph over Miami (OH) on Saturday that saw the Chippewas put up 37 points in the third quarter and marked CMU’s 10th straight win. Now 18-4 (11-0 MAC) on the season, Central Michigan holds a three-game lead in the conference standings. They are back in action on Saturday when they take on Bowling Green at home.


NCAA DII: AnnMarie Gilbert – Virginia Union University

AnnMarie Gilbert
Coach Gilbert led Virginia Union to two dominant wins this week as the Lady Panthers improved to 18-3 on the season. A 25-7 first quarter set the tone for the 14th ranked (WBCA Coaches’ Poll) Lady Panthers on Monday, as they took a 78-49 victory over Saint Augustine’s. In their next matchup, Virginia Union trailed 11-7 after the first quarter before going on a 69-30 run in the remaining 30 minutes to come away with a 76-41 triumph over Elizabeth City State. These two conference victories moved the Lady Panthers to 9-2 in the CIAA. They were back in action on Monday against Livingstone, picking up conference win No. 10 with a 69-56 victory.

NCAA DIII: Cameron Hill – Trinity University (TX)

Cameron Hill

A pair of conference victories this week improved Coach Hill’s squad to 13-1 in the SCAC. On Friday night, the 14th ranked Tigers led Dallas by a score of 85-25 entering the fourth quarter before taking a 94-36 victory. Trinity faced a much tougher challenge on Saturday, as they hosted No. 19 Austin, who entered the matchup at 17-2 on the season. The Tigers defeated the visitors for the second time this season, winning 87-79. Now 18-3 overall on the season, Trinity will look for their fourth straight win when they travel to take on Johnson & Wales (Denver) on Friday.

NAIA: Irvin Jerry – Trinity International University


Coach Jerry guided the Lady Trojans to two impressive road victories this week as Trinity International extended their winning streak to four. TIU held Judson to just 23% from the field in a dominant 82-38 win on Wednesday night to pick up their 15th win of the season. On Saturday, the Lady Trojans held off a late comeback attempt by Roosevelt, hanging on for a 78-77 triumph. Now 16-10 (10-8 CCAC) on the season, Trinity International will host 8th ranked Saint Xavier University on Wednesday.

JUCO: Jay Hanley – Bristol Community College

Jay HanleyIn his first season at the helm of Bristol Community College, Coach Hanley has already led the Bayhawks to the most wins in program history. This week, an 80-46 victory at Holyoke CC and a 103-31 triumph at home over Quinsigamond CC marked Bristol’s 11th and 12th victories of the season – surpassing 2013’s previous record of 11. Coach Hanley’s turnaround of the program in his first season has been remarkable, as just last year the Bayhawks went 1-20 (with the only victory coming as a result of a forfeit) and averaged only 29.4 points per game. Now 12-7 on the season, Coach Hanley’s squad will look to further their success this season when they take on Springfield Technical CC this evening.

2019-20 HoopDirt.com / Pivot Analysis Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina
NCAA DII: Justin Payne – Georgia Southwestern State University
NCAA DIII: Melissa Kuberka – St. John Fisher College (NY)
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University (IA)
JUCO: Bart Walker – Northwest Florida State College

Week 2

NCAA DI: Dawn Plitzuweit – University of South Dakota
NCAA DII: Lynsey Warren – Ohio Dominican University
NCAA DIII: Kristina Baugh – UMass-Boston
NAIA: Dan Waldeck – The Master’s University (CA)
JUCO: Mark Leszczyk – Massasoit Community College (MA)

Week 3

NCAA DI: Karl Smesko – Florida Gulf Coast University
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University
NCAA DIII: Meg Barber – New Your University
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University (KY)
JUCO: Cayla Petree – South Plains College (TX)

Week 4

NCAA DI: Bethann Shapiro Ord – Binghamton University
NCAA DII: Molly Miller – Drury University (MO)
NCAA DIII: Andy Yosinoff – Emmanuel College (MA)
NAIA: Steve Williamson – William Penn University (IA)
JUCO: Kim Muhl – Kirkwood Community College (IA)

Week 5

NCAA DI: Gary Blair – Texas A&M University
NCAA DII: Missy Traversi – Adelphi University (NY)
NCAA DIII: Mahogany Green – Hamilton College (NY)
NAIA: K.C. Bassett  – Sterling College (KS)
JUCO: Stephanie Murphy – Coahoma Community College (MS)

Week 6

NCAA DI: Karen Alston – University of Texas
NCAA DII: Deandra Schirmer – Valdosta State University (GA)
NCAA DIII: Nick DiPillo – University of Scranton (PA)
NAIA: Tim Hays – Southeastern University (FL)
JUCO: Marcilina Grayer – Salt Lake Community College (UT)

Week 7

NCAA DI: Rebecca Tillett – Longwood University
NCAA DII: DII Winter Break Week – No Winner
NCAA DIII: Jill Pace – Tufts University (MA)
NAIA: Dennis Hutter – Mayville State University (ND)
JUCO: Mike Seney – Community College of Baltimore County – Essex

Week 8

NCAA DI: Quentin Hillsman – Syracuse University
NCAA DII: Jason Burton – Texas A&M University – Commerce
NCAA DIII: G.P. Gromacki – Amherst College (MA)
NAIA: Hannah Moeller – Mid-American Christian University (OK)
JUCO: Mary “Roonie” Scovel  – Gulf Coast State College (FL)

Week 9

NCAA DI: Kim Mulkey – Baylor University
NCAA DII: Reid Takatsuka – Hawaii Pacific University
NCAA DIII: Jon Herbrechtsmeyer – Bethel University (MN)
NAIA: Sue Syljebeck – Siena Heights University (MI)
JUCO: Brian Ortmeier – Laramie County Community College (WY)

Week 10

NCAA DI: Kelly Graves – University of Oregon
NCAA DII: James Rice – Benedict College (SC)
NCAA DIII: Jennifer Reimer – Case Western Reserve University (OH)
NAIA: Bo Overton – Oklahoma City University
JUCO: Dave Kragel – Walters State Community College (TN)

Week 11

NCAA DI: Brenda Frese – University of Maryland
NCAA DII: Darrell Mosley – Lincoln University (PA)
NCAA DIII: Grahm Smith – William Peach University (NC)
NAIA: Jina Douglas – Hastings College (NE)
JUCO: Stacey Franklin – Chattanooga State Community College

Week 12

NCAA DI: Raegan Pebley – TCU
NCAA DII: Kim Sgtephens – Glenville State College (WVa)
NCAA DIII: Trent Milby  – Berea College (KY)
NAIA: Tory Wooley – Point University (GA)
JUCO: Derek Marchione – SUNY Sullivan

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