By AJ Nelson, WHoopDirt.com staff writer
Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 5 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. Last 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 5 winners are:
NCAA DI: Tara VanDerveer – Stanford University
Less than a week removed from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Division I women’s basketball history, Coach VanDerveer guided her squad to a road win over a top-10 opponent to remain unbeaten on the season. The top-ranked Cardinal, who entered Monday’s matchup against No. 10 UCLA outscoring opponents by an average of 48.2 points per game, found themselves in a single-digit contest until late in the fourth quarter. The Cardinal were able to come away with a hard-fought 61-49 victory, improving to 7-0 on the season. They will continue their six game road trip on Friday, when they face off against Arizona.
NCAA DII: No week 5 winner awarded – mandatory DII winter break
NCAA DIII: No week 5 winner awarded
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University
Coach Hans led Thomas More to a huge overtime victory in a battle between top-10 foes this week. The 8th ranked Lady Saints traveled to take on No. 7 Shawnee State on Wednesday. A late Shawnee State run forced overtime, but Thomas More was able to pull away in the extra period for a 72-67 win. Now a perfect 8-0 (3-0 MSC) on the season, the Lady Saints will return to action on Thursday when they take on Pikeville at home.
JUCO: No week 5 winner awarded
2020-21 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week Winners
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
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
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
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
2020-21 WHoopDirt.com / Pivot Analysis Coach of the Year Award Winners:
- 2019-20: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina
- 2019-20: Molly Miller – Drury University (MO)
- 2019-20: Jill Pace – Tufts University (MA)
- 2019-20: Chris Nelson – Bethel University (TN)
- 2019-20: Cayla Petree – South Plains College (TX)
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