By AJ Nelson, WHoopDirt.com staff writer
Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 2 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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The Week 2 winners are:
NCAA DI: Dawn Plitzuweit – University of South Dakota
Coach Plitzuweit led South Dakota to back to back victories over Power 5 opponents on the way to a 5-0 start and Coach of the Week honors for the week ending 11/24. After fighting back from a 17-point deficit to defeat mid-major power Drake in overtime, the Coyotes took down Pac-12 foe Utah 84-81 in another overtime thriller. Despite these two big wins, the schedule did not let up for South Dakota, who then returned home to take on the SEC’s Missouri. USD, who is currently sitting just outside the top 25, came away with a 72-56 victory to remain undefeated. The two Power 5 wins marked Coach Plitzuweit’s fifth and sixth in her time at South Dakota – an impressive total in just her fourth season with the program.
NCAA DII: Lynsey Warren – Ohio Dominican University
Coach Warren’s squad picked up their first two victories of the season this week, taking down a nationally ranked opponent in the process. Following three losses to begin the season, Ohio Dominican fought back late to defeat Urbana 88-82 and come away with their first win. The Panthers carried this momentum into their home opener – a match-up with No. 22 Glenville State. After coming back from a double digit second half deficit, ODU senior Brittleigh Macauley knocked down a go-ahead baseline jumper with under two seconds remaining to secure an 81-80 upset. Now 2-3, the Panthers will look to stay hot in a home contest tonight against Northwood.
NCAA DIII: Kristina Baugh – UMass Boston
UMass Boston won two nail-biters against tough competition this week to remain undefeated on the season. Coach Baugh led the Beacons to a hard-fought 49-42 victory over previously unbeaten WPI on Tuesday before returning to Boston for their home opener on Saturday. UMass Boston faced off against a local rival, No. 25 Emmanuel, and grabbed an 84-79 victory in a game that was back and forth until the final minute. The win marked the Beacons’ first ever victory over a nationally ranked opponent and moved them to 4-0 on the young season. UMass Boston will now head back on the road for a match-up with the Coast Guard Academy on Sunday.
NAIA: Dan Waldeck – The Master’s University
It’s been a dominant season so far for No. 4 Master’s, and this week was no exception. Coach Waldeck’s squad was 4-0 and had already defeated Division I CSUN in an exhibition prior to a challenging three game week. The Mustangs first defeated La Sierra 71-53 on the road on Tuesday before heading to the Westmont Tournament where more tough competition awaited. After trailing by three at the half to NAIA Division II No. 10 University of Antelope Valley, TMU used a huge second half to take a 60-43 victory and advance to the championship game. In a match-up of top 10 teams, the Mustangs came away with an emphatic 85-68 win to capture the tournament title. The victory moved TMU to 7-0 – the program’s best start since the 2012-13 season. Master’s now awaits a rematch with Antelope Valley on the road on Monday.
JUCO: Mark Leszczyk – Massasoit Community College
Coach Leszczyk had a week to remember, as he led Massasoit Community College to two massive victories and picked up a milestone win. The Warriors opened the week with a 105-point defeat (135-30) of Roxbury Community College, scoring 48 points in the first quarter alone. Massasoit carried this momentum into their next match-up against Bunker Hill Community College, taking a 102-35 victory. This win marked the 300th of Coach Leszczyk’s extremely successful career. His team is currently undefeated on the season, and occupies the 3rd spot in the NJCAA Division III rankings. The Warriors are back in action on Monday against Bristol Community College.
2019-20 HoopDirt.com / Pivot Analysis Coach of the Week Winners
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
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