Week 14: 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 14 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 14 winners are:

NCAA DI: Ronald Hughey – University of Houston

CRonald Hugheyoach Hughey led Houston to two conference victories this week, including an upset over a ranked opponent. The Cougars began the week with a 77-65 win at Wichita State on Wednesday, before returning home to face off against No. 13 South Florida on Saturday. Houston came away with a 67-49 victory, handing USF just their second loss of the season, and first in conference play. The win marked Houston’s first over a ranked opponent since the 2010-11 season. Now 15-5 (12-4 AAC) on the season, the Cougars will look to extend their winning streak to eight when they host Cincinnati in their regular season finale tonight.

NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University

16_17_WB_Gomez_HSCoach Gomez’s squad had an eventful week, as they closed out the regular season undefeated and made history in the process. Thursday’s 68-42 home victory over 16th-ranked West Texas A&M marked No. 1 Lubbock Christian’s 88th consecutive home win, setting an NCAA Division II women’s record. In Saturday’s rematch, this time on the road, the Lady Chaps were again victorious, taking a 48-45 victory to lock up the Lone Star Conference regular season title. Lubbock Christian now heads into postseason play with a record of 15-0 (13-0 LSC). They will host St. Mary’s in LSC quarterfinal action this evening.

NCAA DIII: Karin Harvey – Montclair State University

Coach Harvey’s Red Hawks finished up the regular season with a pair of impressive wins this week. In the first game of a weekend series with New Jersey City, Montclair State was able to come away with a 67-58 victory, handing NJCU their first loss of the season. The following day’s rematch saw Montclair State rebound from an 11-point first quarter deficit to take another 67-58 win. The Red Hawks now enter postseason play with a record of 6-1 (6-0 NJAC), and are unbeaten after a loss to begin the season. They host Rutgers-Camden in the NJAC quarterfinals on Friday.

NAIA: Tim Hays – Southeastern University (FL)

Coach Hays’ Southeastern squad ran through the Sun Conference Tournament last week, winning all three contests by at least 20 points. The Fire took a 92-57 victory over Warner in Tuesday’s quarterfinals before defeating Keiser 88-68 in the semifinals on Friday. Southeastern faced off against St. Thomas in the championship game on Saturday, and cruised to a 93-54 triumph. After beginning the season 1-2, the Fire have won 24 consecutive games and enter the NAIA National Tournament with a record of 25-2 (20-0 TSC). They will host the opening round of the National Tournament on March 12-13.

JUCO: Greg Franklin – Chipola College

Greg Franklin Coach Franklin guided Chipola to wins in two very different types of games this week. On Tuesday, Chipola, who had entered the week ranked No. 4, led Tallahassee Community College by a score of 49-16 at the half on the way to a 96-47 win. In their next contest, the Indians traveled to take on then-No.1 Northwest Florida State. A go-ahead layup with 13 seconds remaining pushed Chipola to a huge 59-58 victory. Now 9-1 on the season, the Indians have taken over the top spot in the latest NJCAA Division I Top-25 Poll. They next face off against No. 12 Gulf Coast State on the road on Wednesday.

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)

Week 13

NCAA DI: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson – Central Florida
NCAA DII: Emma Andrews – Cameron University (OK)
NCAA DIII: Darrin Travillian – Maryville College (TN)
NAIA: Kirsten Moore – Westmont College (CA)
JUCO: Mike Russell – Snow College (UT)

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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