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 2019-20 college basketball season.

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

The Week 14 winners are:

NCAA DI: Jaida Williams – Coastal Carolina University

Jaida WilliamsTwo more impressive wins this week allowed Coach Williams’ squad to tie the program record for wins in a season. On Thursday, the Chanticleers won a shootout at home against Troy by a score of 124-103 to move into a first-place tie with the visitors, whose seven game winning streak was snapped with the loss. A 76-73 victory against South Alabama on Saturday marked the Chanticleers 21st victory of the season – tying the program’s record. Coastal Carolina has won six straight games to improve to 21-3 (11-2 Sun Belt) on the season. They have a chance to make school history on Thursday when they play a road contest against Georgia Southern.


NCAA DII: Ryan McCarthy – University of Alaska Anchorage

Ryan McCarthyCoach McCarthy led Alaska Anchorage to another pair of victories this week, improving to 25-2 on the season. The eighth-ranked Seawolves began the week with a 90-36 blowout of Alaska Fairbanks. The victory marked their 38th consecutive home GNAC regular-season win, extending the program record. Alaska Anchorage next hit the road to take on Montana State Billings on Thursday. An 83-69 triumph moved the Seawolves one step closer to clinching the top seed in the GNAC tournament. Alaska Anchorage will look to move to 16-1 in the conference on Thursday when they take on Simon Fraser at home.

NCAA DIII: Kim Wagers – Concordia College (MN)

Kim WagersCoach Wagers guided Concordia through a combined five overtime periods on the way to two victories this week.  On Wednesday, the Cobblers snapped a three game losing streak with an 89-85 overtime home triumph over St. Olaf. Concordia’s next contest – a home matchup with St. Catherine – was the longest game in school history, featuring four overtime periods in a 94-85 victory. This hard-fought win moved the Cobblers into a tie with St. Catherine for the final MIAC playoff spot with two games remaining in the regular season. With a record of 10-13 (8-10 MIAC) on the season, the Cobblers continue their fight for a playoff spot on Wednesday in a home showdown against Macalester.


NAIA: Stacy Stephens – Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

Stacy Stephens ImageCoach Stephens’ Saints rode their high powered offense to two road wins this week. 14th-ranked OLLU rebounded from a 13-point halftime deficit on Thursday to defeat LSU Shreveport, who had received votes in the latest NAIA DI Coaches’ Poll, 106-103 in overtime. The Saints closed out their four game road trip on Saturday with another opponent who had received top-25 votes – LSU Alexandria. With a 136-104 victory, OLLU set the program single-game scoring record, topping the previous record of 131 points they scored on February 1st. Having clinched a share of the RRAC regular season title, the 22-5 (14-1 RRAC) Saints return home to take on Texas A&M – Texarkana on Thursday.


JUCO: Marvin Evans – Howard Community College (MD)

EvansCoach Evans continued his turnaround of the Howard CC women’s basketball program with another win this week. A 78-63 home victory over Beaver County to improve to 17-8 on the season and extend the program’s single-season wins record. Coach Evans’ squad has improved greatly in each season under his guidance, going from zero in the 2017-18 campaign to seven in the 2018-19 season to 17 and counting in 2019-20. The Dragons continue their historic season on Friday, when they look to make it seven straight wins in a road matchup with Southern Maryland.


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

Week 13

NCAA DI: Heather Oesterle – Central Michigan University
NCAA DII: AnnMarie Gilbert – Virginia Union University
NCAA DIII: Cameron Hill – Trinity University (TX)
NAIA: Irvin Jerry – Trinity International University (IL)
JUCO: Jay Hanley – Bristol Community College (RI)

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