THE CLARENCE "BIG HOUSE" GAINES AWARD

2015 Clarence Gaines Award

Minnesota State-Moorhead assistant Justin Wieck accepts the 2015 Clarence Gaines award for Chad Walthall at the CollegeInsider.com Award's Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

April 3, 2015

2015 CLARENCE GAINES AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Minnesota State-Moorhead's Chad Walthall is the recipient of the 2015 Clarence Gaines award.

The Clarence "Big House" Gaines award is presented annually to the top Division II coach in college basketball.

One of the true legends of all-time, Clarence Gaines retired from Winston-Salem State University in 1993 with a record of 828-446. At the time he was the winningest active basketball coach in NCAA history. He was elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

2105 CLARENCE GAINES AWARD FINALISTS

Justin Barkley Rogers State
Andy Bronkema Ferris State
Greg Clink Chico State
Linc Darner Florida Southern
Justin Leslie Azusa Pacific
Jimmy Link Paine College
Joe Lombardi Indiana (Pa.)
Kent McBride Concord University
Ben McCollum Northwest Missouri State
Ben Miller UNC Pembroke
Kevin Muff Pittsburg State
David Pauley University of the Sciences
Luke Reigel Wisconsin-Parkside
Paul Sather Northern State
Stan Spirou Southern New Hampshire
Chad Walthall Minnesota State-Moorhead

 

The Clarence Gaines Award, which is presented annually to the top Division II basketball coach, is named in honor of the former Winston Salem State head coach.
 
One of the true legends of all-time, Gaines retired from Winston-Salem State University in 1993 with a record of 828-446. At the time he was the winningest active basketball coach in NCAA history. Gaines was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
 
During his 47-year tenure as coach and athletic director at WSSU he coached professional basketball greats Cleo Hill (first African-American from an historically Black college and university to be drafted No. 1 by the National Basketball Association, St. Louis Hawks, 1961) and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. 
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on March 31.
 

The Clarence Gaines award committee is a 20 member panel, consisting of 15 current or retired head coaches and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Current Texas A&M Christi head coach Willis Wilson is the chairman of the award committee.
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Clarence Gaines award is presented annually to the top division II head coach, as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March: Finalists for Clarence Gaines Award announced
March 30: Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The 2018 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX
 

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