Week 16: 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 16 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 16 winners are:

NCAA DI: Carla Berube – Princeton University

Carla Berube

Coach Berube and her top-ranked scoring defense guided Princeton to three more victories this week as they improved to 24-1 on the season. The No. 21 Tigers began the week with an 80-44 home victory over Penn on Tuesday before an even more lopsided 81-39 defeat of Brown on Friday. This victory clinched the outright Ivy League Title – Princeton’s eighth since 2010. On Saturday, the Tigers used a 13-3 second quarter to lead them to a 64-49 triumph over Yale. Princeton has now won 20 straight games and is 12-0 in the Ivy League heading into the final two games of the regular season. They face off against Columbia on the road on Friday.


NCAA DII: Tari Cummings – University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

tariCoach Cummings’ Lady Lions picked up two big wins this week, including one over a top-10 opponent. UAFS blew out UT-Tyler by a score of 89-61 on Thursday before heading into a senior day match-up against No. 4/6 Texas A&M – Commerce. Trailing by two with seven seconds remaining, the Lady Lions knocked down a three to take an 85-84 victory and hand Texas A&M – Commerce just their second loss on the season. UAFS finishes the regular season at 14-14 (11-11 LSC) and awaits a match-up with St. Edward’s in the LSC Tournament this evening.

NCAA DIII: Chelle Fuss – Grove City College (PA)

Coach Fuss’ squad won the PAC Tournament this week for their first conference championship since 1987. Grove City entered the tournament as the two seed, riding an 11-game winning streak. They defeated conference No. 3 Westminster on Friday by a score of 70-58 to reach their first conference championship game in 17 years. A hard-fought 54-52 victory over Washington and Jefferson clinched the Wolverines’ berth in the NCAA Tournament. They head into a match-up at Hope in the first round of the Tournament on Friday with a record of 25-2 (14-2) PAC on the season.


NAIA: Chris Nelson – Bethel University (TN)

Chris Nelson PhotoNo. 6 Bethel, led by Coach Nelson, picked up two more victories this week to head into postseason play on an 18- game winning streak. A 78-69 triumph over 16th-ranked Loyola on Thursday clinched the SSAC regular season title – Bethel’s fifth in the last seven seasons. The Lady Wildcats closed out the regular season on Saturday, knocking off William Carey by a score of 71-33. They finish the regular season with a record of 26-4 (15-1 SSAC), and will play a quarterfinal match-up on Friday afternoon.


JUCO: Hana Haden – Moberly Area Community College


Coach Haden’s squad won the Region 16 Championship this week with a pair of impressive victories. The No. 25 Greyhounds defeated Jefferson 83-70 on Thursday before facing off against 23rd ranked Three Rivers in the championship game on Saturday. Moberly Area came away with another 83-70 victory, leading by as many as 24 on the way to clinching the title. The Greyhounds are now 28-4 on the season and have won 11 straight contests. They now hit the road to take on Iowa Western Community College for the District Title.


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)

Week 14

NCAA DI: Jaida Williams – Coastal Carolina University
NCAA DII: Ryan McCarthy – University of Alaska Anchorage
NCAA DIII: Kim Wagers – Concordia College (MN)
NAIA: Stacy Stephens – Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
JUCO: Marvin Evans – Howard Community College (MD)

Week 15

NCAA DI: Denise Dillon – Drexel University
NCAA DII: Kaleena Coleman – Clayton State University (GA)
NCAA DIII: Chaia Huff – Edgewater College (WI)
NAIA: Anna Kowalski – West Virginia Tech
JUCO: Ornette Gardenhire – Lakeland Community College (OH)

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