KANSAS CITY, Mo. – South Carolina State head men's basketball coach Murray Garvin and Tennessee State head coach Dana Ford have been named 2016 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District Coaches of the Year. Garvin earned the honor for Districet 15 while Ford was named coach of the year for District 19.
All award winners were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, which highlights and represent college basketball players and coaches across America.
Garvin, in his third full season at the helm, earned his second Coach of the Year honor this season. He was also named MEAC Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Bulldogs to a 12-4 record in conference play finishing in a tie for second place. He guided SC State to a 19-15 overall record, the best regular-season finish since 2005. The Bulldogs advanced to the MEAC Championship game and earned a CIT postseason tournament bid by CollegeInsider.com.
Ford, who earned Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year earlier this month, led the Tigers to one of the biggest turnaround seasons in NCAA history, improving from 5-26 in 2014-15 to 20-11 this season. TSU finished one game behind Belmont for the best record in the OVC regular season standings and also earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
2016 NABC UPS DIVISION I ALL-DISTRICT COACHES
District 1: King Rice, Monmouth
District 2: Roy Williams, North Carolina
District 3: Tony Jasick, Jacksonville
District 4: Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure
District 5: Jay Wright, Villanova
District 6: Bill Evans, Idaho State
District 7: Tom Crean, indiana
District 8: Tubby Smith, Texas Tech
District 9: Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's
District 10: Kevin Keatts, UNC Wilmington
District 11: Jerod Haase, UAB
District 12: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso
District 13: James Jones, Yale
District 14: Keith Dambrot, Akron
District 15: Murray Garvin, South Carolina State
District 16: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
District 17: Steve Fisher, San Diego State
District 18: Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson
District 19: Dana Ford, Tennessee State
District 20: Dana Altman, Oregon
District 21: Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M
District 22: Matt McCall, Chattanooga
District 23: Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin
District 24: Chris Beard, Arkansas – Little Rock
District 25: Fran Dunphy, Temple