THE CLARENCE "BIG HOUSE" GAINES AWARD

2016 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 4, 2016

2016 CLARENCE GAINES AWARD

HOUSTON, TX  -- Lincoln Memorial's Josh Schertz is the recipient of the 2016 Clarence Gaines division II National Coach of the Year.

Schertz led the Railsplitters to a 34-3 record and the first NCAA Division II National Championship game appearance in program history, breaking the league and school record for wins and becoming the first program in SAC history to go undefeated in conference play with a 22-0 mark.

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.

2106 CLARENCE GAINES AWARD FINALISTS

Ken Amman Concordia (California)
Tobin Anderson St. Thomas Aquinas
Justin Barkley, Rogers State Rogers State
Randy Baruth Saginaw Valley State
Tom Billeter Augustana
Lonnie Blow, Jr. Virginia State
Michael Cooney West Geogia
Jim Crutchfield West Liberty
Keith Dickson Saint Anselm
Mick Durham Alaska-Fairbanks
John Ellenwood Ashland
Blake Flickner Dallas Baptist
Donte Jackson Stillman
Jamahl Jackson Emmanuel
Steve Kinder Humboldt State
Ben McCollum Northwest Missouri State
Bob Pietrack Fort Lewis
George Pitts King University
Luke Reigel Wisconsin-Parkside
Steve Roberts Lander
Tom Ryan Eckerd
Danny Sancomb Wheeling Jesuit
Josh Schertz Lincoln Memorial
Jim Shaw Western Oregon
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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