By AJ Nelson, WHoopDirt.com staff writer
Congratulations to the following coaches who have been selected as the Week 7 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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*Due to the lack of games this week (COVID postponements + winter break), not all divisions were awarded a winner*
The Week 7 winners are:
NCAA DI: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina
Coach Staley guided top-ranked South Carolina to its largest comeback win in program history this week, as the Gamecocks remained unbeaten on the season. South Carolina trailed No. 2 Stanford by as many as 18 on Tuesday, but used a huge second half to rally back and take a 65-61 victory over the defending National Champions. The win was the Gamecocks’ second over a No. 2 team this season, and their fifth over a top-10 opponent. Now 12-0 on the season, South Carolina will travel to take on Missouri in the SEC opener on Thursday night.
NCAA DII: D2 Winter Break – no games played
NCAA DIII: Todd Kent – UC Santa Cruz
Coach Kent’s squad picked up a huge win this week, taking down the No. 2 team in the country and extending the best start to a season in program history. The Banana Slugs trailed 2nd-ranked Whitman by 12 at halftime on Monday, but outscored the previously unbeaten Blues 43-22 in the second half to come away with a stunning 72-63 victory. After a 1-1 start to the season, UCSC has now won seven in a row, with six of those victories coming by double-digits. The Banana Slugs’ next contest comes on Wednesday, when they face off against No. 14 Tufts at the UCSC New Year’s Classic.
NAIA: Not enough games played this week
JUCO: Not enough games played this week
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
NCAA DI: Joni Taylor – University of Georgia
NCAA DII: Jason Burton – Texas A&M Commerce
NCAA DIII: Kole Vivian – Marietta College
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University
JUCO: Rich Cooper – Rowan College South Jersey-Gloucester
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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