THE JIM PHELAN AWARD

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Rutger's Steve Pikiell wins the 2020 Jim Phelan Award, which is presented annually to the top coach in Division I.

March 24, 2020

THE 2020 AWARD

BOSTON, MA -- Rutger's Steve Pikiell is the recipient of the 2019-20 Jim Phelan Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I coach.

Picked to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten, Pikiell led the Scarlet Knights to their first 20-win season since 2004. It was also the first time in 37 years that Rutgers finished the regular season with 20 wins.

Rutgers finished 11-9 in the Big Ten and received a first round bye, in a conference tournament, for the first time since 1995. It also marked the first time the program had posted a winning record in conference play since 1991 and the Scarlet Knights would have made their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1991.

The award is named in honor of the legendary bow-tied coach who spent his entire career at Mount Saint Mary’s University, leading the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he had amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.


THE 2020 JIM PHELAN AWARD FINALISTS
 
Casey Alexander, Belmont
Dana Altman, Oregon
John Calipari, Kentucky
Mick Cronin, UCLA
Scott Drew, Baylor
Brian Dutcher, San Diego State
Mark Few, Gonzaga
Steve Forbes, ETSU
Joe Gallo, Merrimack
Greg Gard, Wisconsin
Anthony Grant, Dayton
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State
James Jones, Yale
Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin
Greg McDermott, Creighton
Ritchie McKay, Liberty
Matt McMahon, Murray State
Joe Mihalich, Hofstra
Steve Pikiell, Rutgers
Bill Self, Kansas
 

The Jim Phelan Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I coach, is named in honor of a legendary bow-tied coach who spent his entire career at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
 
He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he had amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.

2019: Ritchie McKay, Liberty
2018: Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

2017: Frank Martin, South Carolina

2016: Greg Gard, Wisconsin

2015: Bob Huggins, West Virginia

2014: Tim Miles, Nebraska

2013: Dana Altman, Oregon

2012: Mike Brey, Notre Dame

2011
: Stew Morrill, Utah State
2010: Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh
2009: John Calipari, Memphis
2008: Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
2007: Tony Bennett, Washington State
2006: Ben Howland, UCLA
2005: Tubby Smith, Kentucky
2004: Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph's
2003: Mark Slonaker, Mercer

The Jim Phelan 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 Jim Phelan award is presented annually to the top division I head coach as voted on by the award committee. All division I head coaches are eligible for the award. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
January: Mid-Season Coaching Honors announced
March 30: Jim Phelan 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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