ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year

ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year
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Awarded forthe best head coach in the ASUN Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award1979
Most recentRay Harper, Jacksonville State

The ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year award is given to the men's basketball head coach in the ASUN Conference voted as the best by the league's head coaches. It was first awarded at the end of the 1978–79 season, the first season of existence of what was then known as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC). However, the conference did not establish a full regular-season schedule until 1979–80.[1]

There has been one tie for the award, in 2019–20, while 11 coaches have received two or more awards. The program with the most awards (five) and most individual honorees (three), Mercer, left the ASUN in 2014. North Florida has the most awards among current members with three, while the only current member with more than one individual recipient is Lipscomb with two.

Key

Co-Coaches of the Year
Coach (X) Denotes the number of times the coach has been awarded the ASUN Coach of the Year award at that point
Conf. W–L Conference win–loss record for that season
Conf. St.T Conference standing at year's end (Tdenotes a tie; E stands for East, W for West, N for North, and S for South Divisions)
Overall W–L Overall win–loss record for that season

Winners

School names reflect the current branding of their respective athletic programs, not necessarily those in use during a program's ASUN membership or in a specific season.

Season Coach School Conf. W–L Conf. St. Overall W–L
1978–79[a] Lenny Fant Louisiana–Monroe[b] 23–6
1979–80 Bill Bibb Mercer 3–3 3T 16–12
1980–81 Gene Iba Houston Baptist 9–3 1 18–10
1981–82 Ron Kestenbaum Little Rock[c] 12–4 1 19–8
1982–83 Frank Kerns Georgia Southern 8–6 3T 18–12
1983–84 Mike Hanks Samford 10–4 2 22–8
1984–85 Bill Bibb (2) Mercer 10–4 2T 22–9
1985–86 Mike Newell Little Rock[c] 12–2 1 23–11
1986–87 Frank Kerns (2) Georgia Southern 12–6 4 20–11
1987–88 Frank Kerns (3) Georgia Southern 15–3 1T 24–7
1988–89 Mike Newell (2) Little Rock[c] 14–4 2 23–8
1989–90 Tommy Vardeman Centenary 14–2 1 22–8
1990–91 Tommy Vardeman (2) Centenary 10–4 2 17–12
1991–92 Frank Kerns (4) Georgia Southern 13–1 1 25–6
1992–93 Bob Weltlich FIU 9–3 1 20–10
1993–94 John Kresse Charleston 15–1 1 23–6
1994–95 Dan Hipsher Stetson 11–5 2T 15–12
1995–96 Billy Lee Campbell 11–5 2 (E) 17–11
1996–97 John Kresse (2) Charleston 16–0 1 (E)[d] 29–3
1997–98 John Kresse (3) Charleston 14–2 1 (E)[d] 24–6
1998–99 Jimmy Tillette Samford 15–1 1 24–6
1999–00 Don Maestri Troy[e] 13–5 1T 17–11
2000–01 Lefty Driesell Georgia State 16–2 1 29–5
2001–02 Sidney Green Florida Atlantic 13–7 3 19–12
2002–03 Mark Slonaker Mercer 10–6 1T (S)[f] 23–6
2003–04 Don Maestri (2) Troy[e] 18–2 1 24–7
2004–05 Rick Scruggs Gardner–Webb 13–7 1T 18–12
2005–06 Scott Sanderson Lipscomb 15–5 1T 21–11
2006–07 Murry Bartow East Tennessee State 16–2 1 24–10
2007–08 Rick Byrd Belmont 14–2 1 25–9
2008–09 Cliff Warren Jacksonville 15–5 1 18–14
2009–10 Robbie Laing Campbell 14–6 1T 19–11
2010–11 Rick Byrd (2) Belmont 14–4 2 27–7
2011–12 Eddie Payne USC Upstate 13–5 2T 22–13
2012–13 Bob Hoffman Mercer 14–4 1 24–12
2013–14 Bob Hoffman (2) Mercer 14–4 1T 27–9
2014–15 Matthew Driscoll North Florida 12–2 1 23–12
2015–16 Matthew Driscoll (2) North Florida 10–4 1 22–12
2016–17 Joe Dooley Florida Gulf Coast 12–2 1 26–8
2017–18 Joe Dooley (2) Florida Gulf Coast 12–2 1 23–12
2018–19 Casey Alexander Lipscomb 14–2 1T 29–8
2019–20 Matthew Driscoll (3) North Florida 13–3 1T 21–12
Ritchie McKay Liberty 13–3 1T 30–4
2020–21 Ritchie McKay (2) Liberty 11–2 1 23–6
2021–22 Ray Harper Jacksonville State 13–3 1 (W)[d] 21–11

Footnotes

  1. ^ The TAAC did not play a conference schedule in its first season of existence.
  2. ^ Known as Northeast Louisiana until the 1999–2000 season.
  3. ^ a b c Athletically known as Arkansas–Little Rock or UALR until the 2015–16 season.
  4. ^ a b c Also best overall conference record.
  5. ^ a b Known as Troy State until the 2004–05 season.
  6. ^ Also tied for best overall conference record.

See also

References

  1. ^ "2022–23 ASUN Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). ASUN Conference. Retrieved August 13, 2022.
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