THE HUGH DURHAM AWARD
JAN. 6, 2014
TOD KOWALCZYK EARNS MID-SEASON HONORS
BOSTON (MA) -- After leading Toledo to one of the best starts in school history, Tod Kowalczyk is the recipient of the Hugh Durham award mid-season coaching honors.
Toledo finished 2013 calendar year with a 12-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in the final Mid-Major Top 25 of the calendar year, which is the highest the Rockets have ever been ranked. The fast start has been sparked by a high-scoring offense, ranked among the top ten in college basketball with 86.4 ppg. The Rockets are also out-rebounding opponents by a MAC-best 7.2 rpg. The Rockets are on pace to grab more rebounds than their opponents for an entire season for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign.
"In just over three years Tod has turned Toledo into one of the top mid-major programs in America," said CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. "Just a year removed from APR issues, Toledo has an a great shot at its' first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1980."
The Hugh Durham Award is given annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. The award is named in honor of Hugh Durham who had retired at the end of the 2004-05 season. Durham is one of just twelve coaches to have led two different programs to the NCAA Final Four (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983). He is the only coach among that group to have led both schools to their lone Final Four appearance.