THE HUGH DURHAM AWARD

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ETSU's Steve Forbes is the recipient of the 2020 Hugh Durham Award. The award is presented annually to the top mid-major coach in college basketball.

March 23, 2020

THE 2020 AWARD

BOSTON, MA -- ETSU head coach Steve Forbes is the recipient of the 2019-20 Hugh Durham Award, presented presented annually to the top mid-major coach in Division I college basketball.

Forbes led ETSU to a 30-4 record this season. The Bucs were one of only four teams in the nation to win 30 games and it's just a the fourth time, in Southern Conference history, that a program has reached the 30-win mark.

The award is named after a who built winning programs at three different universities. In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (pct. or wins) at three different Division I schools.

He built national programs at Florida State where he holds the record for best winning percentage with a 230-95 (.708) record in 12 years. And at Georgia where he is also the all-time winningest coach in the 99-year history of the Bulldog program, having won 297 games in 17 seasons.

Coaches of teams in the following conferences are eligible for the award: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.


2020 HUGH DURHAM AWARD FINALISTS

Casey Alexander, Belmont
John Becker, Vermont
Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's
Jerrod Calhoun, Youngstown State
Dane Fischer, William & Mary
Steve Forbes, ETSU
Joe Gallo, Merrimack
John Groce, Akron
Shaheen Holloway, Saint Peter's
Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa
Chris Jans, New Mexico State
James Jones, Yale
Mike Jones, Radford
Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin
Pat Kelsey, Winthrop
Ritchie McKay, Liberty
Matt McMahon, Murray State
Joe Mihalich, Hofstra
Scott Nagy, Wright State
David Patrick, UC Riverside
Mark Pope, BYU
Bob Richey, Furman
Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M
Russell Turner, UC Irvine
Darrell Walker, Little Rock

The Hugh Durham Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I mid-major coach in college basketball, is named after a coach who built winning programs at three different universities.
 
In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (pct. or wins) at three different Division I schools. 
 
He built national programs at Florida State where he holds the record for best winning percentage with a 230-95 (.708) record in 12 years. And at Georgia where he is also the all-time winningest coach in the 99-year history of the Bulldog program, having won 297 games in 17 seasons.
 
Coaches of teams in the following conferences are eligible for the award: America East, ASUN, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.

2019: Darian DeVries, Drake
2018: Ryan Odom, UMBC

2017: Rod Barnes, CSU Bakersfield

2016: James Jones, Yale

2015: Brian Katz, Sacramento State

2014: Tony Jasick, IPFW

2013: Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin

2012: Eddie Payne, USC Upstate

2011
: Rick Byrd, Belmont
2010: Mike Young, Wofford
2009: Todd Bozeman, Morgan State
2008: Keno Davis, Drake
2007: Greg Marshall, Winthrop
2006: Pat Flannery, Bucknell
2005: Bob Thomason, Pacific

The Hugh Durham award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Hugh Durham award is presented annually to the top division I mid-major head coach as voted on by the award committee. Eligible coaches must in the following conferences or leagues: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic.
 
NOTE: The basis for mid-major designation is based on the criteria established by the Mid-Major Top 25 ® which was created by CollegeInsider.com and is a registered trademark.
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March 30: Finalists anounnced.
Apriil 2: Hugh Durham 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 recipient of the 2018 Hugh Durham award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.. 
 
 
 

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