THE CLARENCE "BIG HOUSE" GAINES AWARD

2019 Clarence Gaines Award

April 8, 2019

THE 2019 AWARD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Andre Cook of St. Edward’s is the 2018-19 recipient of the Clarence Gaines Award, presented annually to the top Division II college basketball coach and named in honor of the legendary former Winston Salem State head coach.

Cook led St. Edward’s to a school-record 30 victories this season and the program’s first appearance in a Division II regional final. The Hilltoppers won the Heartland Conference with a 14-2 record.

Cook has won 165 games in nine seasons at St. Edward’s, leading the program to five consecutive winning campaigns.

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. 


CLARENCE GAINES AWARD FINALISTS

Lonnie Blow, Jr., Virginia State
Andre Cook, St. Edward's
Jim Crutchfield, Nova Southeastern
Bart Lundy, Queens (N.C.)
Ben McCollum, Northwest Missouri State
Dip Metress, Augusta
Pryor Orser, Colorado School of Mines
Burt Paddock, Davenport
Rob Perron, Catawba
Paul Sather, Northern State
Scott Trost, Lewis
Mark Vanderslice, USC Aiken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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