Week 7: 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 7 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.

To nominate coaches for future weeks, please email [email protected] with your selection(s).

Previous weekly winners can be found below this week’s recipients.

The Week 7 winners are:

NCAA DI: Rebecca Tillett – Longwood University

Rebecca TillettThe Lancers picked up their first win in the conference opener since the 2012-13 season as Coach Tillett continued her revitalization of Longwood’s basketball program this season. Longwood took an 80-70 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday to begin Big South play 1-0. This victory was Longwood’s third straight, which matches last season’s entire win total. Now 5-5 on the season, the Lancers are just one win shy of doubling their previous year’s win total already. They will look to stay hot as they travel to take on Presbyterian on Saturday.

NCAA DII: No winner – Winter Break Week

Image result for ncaa logo17.02.18 Winter Break. The winter break shall be a seven-consecutive-calendar-day period from December 20 through December 26. When December 20 falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the winter break shall be a seven-consecutive-calendar-day period that begins on the following Monday. When December 20 falls on a Monday, the winter break shall be a seven-consecutive calendar-day period that begins on the following Tuesday. During the winter break, a student-athlete may not be employed at institutional camps and clinics, may not participate in any countable athletically related activities and may not participate in any voluntary athletically related activities on campus unless the facility is open to the general student-body. (See Figure 17-4.) (Adopted: 1/14/12 effective 8/1/12, Revised: 1/26/19)

NCAA DIII: Jill Pace – Tufts University

Jill PaceCoach Pace guided top-ranked Tufts to two wins at the Stevens Holiday Tournament to remain undefeated this week. In the opener of the tournament, the Jumbos trailed Christopher Newport by seven at the half before using a big third quarter to take the lead and eventually come away with a 70-65 victory. Tufts’ next contest was much different, as they at one point held TCNJ scoreless for a 9:02 stretch spanning parts of the first and second quarters on the way to a commanding 68-35 triumph. The Jumbos are now 10-0 on the season and will continue the non-conference schedule on Saturday in a home match-up with UMass-Dartmouth.

NAIA: Dennis Hutter – Mayville State University

Coach Hutter and Mayville State picked up two big wins at the Country Inn and Suites Holiday Classic in Sioux City this week. On Saturday, the 21st-ranked Comets trailed Briar Cliff by one heading into the fourth, but used a 28-point quarter to take a 70-62 win. In their next matchup, Mayville State held No. 7 Morningside to just 25% from the field on the way to a huge 68-60 victory in which the Comets made 12 consecutive free throws to ice the game. Now 11-2 (1-0 NSAA) on the season, Mayville State will play their final non-conference matchup of the season next Tuesday against Trinity Bible College.


JUCO: Mike Seney – Community College of Baltimore County – Essex

Mike SeneyAfter a fifteen year hiatus, women’s basketball is back at CCBC Essex, and Coach Seney has the Knights competing at a high level quickly. Seney’s crew won three more games last week in the Title IX Classic at the DC Armory to run their winning streak to five, and improve their overall record to 16-2. In game one of the classic on Friday, the Knights routed Cecil College 72-45. On Saturday, they forced Frederick College to turn it over 35 times in a 79-63 win. Finally, they capped off the classic with a 92-53 victory over CBCC Cantonsville largely thanks to a 27-1 secord quarter. The Knights are now off until January 8th, when they will take on Montgomery College.


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)

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