Week 14: 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 14 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 14 winners are:

NCAA DI: Brandon Schneider – University of Kansas

Brandon Schneider Women's Basketball Camps at the University of Kansas With two more wins this week, Coach Schneider has guided Kansas to its first five game winning streak in Big 12 play since 2000. The Jayhawks defeated West Virginia in Morgantown for the first time since 2013 on Wednesday, out-rebounding the Mountaineers 48-30 and coming away with a 65-47 victory. Returning home on Saturday, Kansas again dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Kansas State by 17 en route to a 63-51 triumph in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. The 17-5 (8-4 Big 12) Jayhawks now have eight conference victories on the season – their most since the 2012-13 campaign. They are back in action tonight, when they host West Virginia in a rematch of Wednesday’s showdown. 

NCAA DII: Kari Pickens – Ashland University

Pickens 2021-22 head shot Coach Pickens guided Ashland to another pair of road victories this week, as the Eagles extended their winning streak to 19. Ashland, ranked No. 1 in the D2SIDA Poll and No. 2 in the WBCA Coaches’ Poll, kicked off its week on Thursday by forcing Trevecca Nazarene into 35 turnovers in an 86-41 triumph. Back in action on Saturday, the Eagles trailed Kentucky Wesleyan by as many as eight in the second half before using a third quarter run to take control, and eventually come away with a 76-71 victory. Now 22-1 (17-0 Great Midwest) on the season, Ashland will look to make it 20 straight when it faces off against Walsh at home on Thursday evening. 

NCAA DIII: Bill Broderick – Christopher Newport University

Bill Broderick 2021-22 Two more victories this past week have Coach Broderick’s Captains just one game away from completing a perfect regular season. Top-ranked Christopher Newport won its first game at the C2C Classic in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Saturday, defeating UC Santa Cruz by a score of 74-70. The victory was just Christopher Newport’s fifth of the season that came by single digits. The Captains then faced off against Pratt Institute the following day, outscoring their opponent 28-2 in the third quarter of a 90-30 victory. Christopher Newport forced 30 turnovers and held Pratt to just 22.7% from the field in the contest. Now 21-0 on the campaign, the Bobcats next contest comes at home against Salisbury in the regular season finale on Saturday. 

NAIA: Danielle Fleming – Columbia International University

Danielle Fleming Coach Fleming guided Columbia International to four impressive victories in a span of just six days this past week. The Rams took down Columbia College by a score of 72-63 on Tuesday, before picking up a dominant 85-47 triumph over Johnson the following day. Back in action on Thursday, Columbia International trailed a tough Tennessee Wesleyan squad by five entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the visitors 23-2 in the final 10 minutes to come away with a 70-54 victory. The Rams then picked up their fourth consecutive victory with a hard-fought 71-67 win at Brenau on Saturday afternoon, marking the longest winning streak under Coach Fleming’s tenure. After a loss yesterday, Columbia International is now 13-14 (11-11 AAC) on the season. Its next contest comes on the road at Montreat on Wednesday.

JUCO: Trenia Tillis Hoard – Tyler Junior College

Trenia Tillis Hoard Photo Coach Hoard picked up her 500th career victory this past week as her Tyler squad won another pair of contests. The then-No. 8 Apaches defeated Kilgore on the road by a score of 75-72 on Wednesday, marking the milestone in Coach Hoard’s career. After another victory on Saturday (93-59 vs. Paris JC), Hoard has now compiled an impressive career record of 501-204 in her 22 years with Tyler. Her Apaches are now 22-4 on the campaign, and have earned 17 of their 22 victories by double-digits. They moved up one spot to No. 7 in the latest NJCAA DI Top 25 Poll, and will travel to take on Angelina on Wednesday 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

Week 13

NCAA DI: Jacie Hoyt – Kansas City
NCAA DII: Justin Payne – Georgia Southwestern State
NCAA DIII: Emily Garner – Trinity College
NAIA: Steve Brooks – Marian University
JUCO: Madonna Thompson – Shelton State CC

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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