By AJ Nelson, WHoopDirt.com staff writer
Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 6 WHoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Capital Elite Agency. These coaches are now eligible to receive the WHoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year Award presented by Capital Elite Agency which will be announced at the conclusion of the 2021-22 college basketball season.
This is the third season that WHoopDirt.com has run the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs. The list of 2021-22 Coach of the Week winners, as well as previous Coach of the Year winners can be found below this week’s recipients.
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The Week 6 winners are:
NCAA DI: Joni Taylor – University of Georgia
Coach Taylor led Georgia to a pair of victories this past week, including one of the best true road wins in program history. The Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 14 at the time, began their week by traveling to Raleigh to take on 2nd-ranked NC State. Georgia jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead, but the hosts used a strong second half to get back into the game and eventually take the lead late. With less than a second remaining in regulation, however, Georgia sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker drilled a three to force overtime. Coach Taylor’s squad was then able to come away with a stunning 82-80 triumph in the extra period, marking the first time Georgia has ever beaten a top-two team in a true road game. The Lady Bulldogs capped off the week with an 82-45 defeat of St. Francis (PA) on Sunday to extend their winning streak to three. After another blowout victory to start this week (89-50 over South Alabama), the 11-1 Lady Bulldogs now await the start of conference play, which comes on December 30th at home against LSU.
NCAA DII: Jason Burton – Texas A&M University – Commerce
With two more road victories this past week, Coach Burton’s Lions remained perfect on the season. 3rd-ranked Texas A&M – Commerce defeated Texas Woman’s in a tightly contested 63-60 affair on Monday, before facing off against Midwestern State on Thursday evening. The Lions held just a four-point lead at halftime, but limited the hosts to only seven points in the second half to pull away for an 81-35 triumph. A&M – Commerce did not allow a field goal over the final 16:50 of the contest, and gave up just one point in the fourth quarter. Another win on Monday (99-86 over UAFS) improved the Lions to 11-0 on the season, as they now await a rematch with Midwestern State in the conference opener on December 31st.
NCAA DIII: Kole Vivian – Marietta College
Coach Vivian guided Marietta to two impressive road wins this week, including one over a top-three opponent. The Pioneers leaped out to a 23-point halftime lead en route to a 70-57 triumph over Otterbein on Wednesday, before heading into a matchup with No. 3 John Carroll on Saturday. In a contest that featured 11 ties and 15 lead changes, Marietta was able to pull out a thrilling 81-80 victory, marking the first time in program history that the Pioneers defeated a top-three opponent. Now 8-1 (3-1 OAC) on the season, the Pioneers will host the Jim Meagle Holiday Classic sponsored by BSN Sports beginning on December 29th.
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University (IA)
Coach Boyd’s Pride closed out the semester on a high note, winning two more games and extending their winning streak to nine. 15th-ranked Clarke began its week with a dominant conference victory, taking down Mount Mercy by a score of 85-69 on Thursday. The Pride were back in action on Saturday, as they faced off against No. 19 Saint Xavier in a matchup of ranked teams. Clarke dominated from the get-go, taking a 20-point lead into the half and never looking back, coming away with a 94-61 triumph. Now 12-2 on the season, the Pride are off until December 29th, when they take on Bellevue in the first of their two games at the Bruin Classic.
JUCO: Rich Cooper – Rowan College South Jersey – Gloucester
Coach Cooper and his 6th-ranked Roadrunners picked up three more victories this past week, as they continued their perfect start to the season. RC opened the week with a pair of dominant wins, taking down Sussex County Community College, 72-42, on Tuesday and Bergen Community College by a score of 83-38 on Thursday. The Runners’ final game of the week was much closer, as they held off a late rally by Brookdale Community College to come away with a 63-60 victory.
2021-22 HoopDirt.com / Capital Elite Agency Coach of the Week Winners
NCAA DI: Anita Howard – Georgia Southern University
NCAA DII: Caleb and Nicole Neiman – Kentucky Wesleyan University
NCAA DIII: Courtney Burns – Mitchell College (CT)
NAIA: Janis Beal – The College of Idaho
JUCO: Mike Seney – CCBC Essex
NCAA DI: Shereka Wright – Texas Arlington
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University (TX)
NCAA DIII: Dan Nagle – Nichols College (MA)
NAIA: David Smalley – University of Rio Grande (OH)
JUCO: Stephanie Murphy – Coahoma CC (MS)
NCAA DI: Jose Fernandez – University of South Florida
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Carmen Dolfo – Western Washington University
NCAA DIII: Sasha Santimano – Bowdoin College
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University
JUCO: Patrick Cunningham – Arizona Western College
NCAA DI: Ty Grace – Howard University
NCAA DII: Carrie Eighmey – University of Nebraska at Kearney
NCAA DIII: Brian Morehouse – Hope College
NAIA: Bryon Lawhorn – Bryan College
JUCO: Jeremy Thompson – Monroe College-Bronx
NCAA DI: Nell Fortner – Georgia Tech
NCAA DII: Emilee Thiesse – Minnesota State University, Mankato
NCAA DIII: Michelle Ferenz – Whitman College
NAIA: Jesse Ford – Indiana University Northwest
JUCO: Marbely Montas – Union County College
All-time WHoopDirt.com Coach of the Year winners:
- 2020-21: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University (TX)
- 2019-20: Molly Miller – Drury University (MO)
- 2020-21: No winner named – COVID season
- 2019-20: Cayla Petree – South Plains College (TX)
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