WINTHROP'S GREGG MARSHALL RECEIVES 2007 DURHAM AWARD
March 30, 2007
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Hugh Durham Award
After leading Winthrop to a school record 29 wins and the
school’s first-ever NCAA tournament win, head coach Gregg
Marshall has been named the recipient of the 2007 Hugh Durham
National Coach of the Year award.
Named after the legendary Georgia and Jacksonville head coach
Hugh Durham who is the only coach to ever lead two teams to
their first and only Final Four appearance (Florida State in
1972 and Georgia in 1983), the award is presented annually the
top mid-major coach in America, as determined by a 20-member
voting panel. The voting was completed on March 1.
“Gregg has been doing an outstanding job since he took over
nine years ago,” says collegeinsider.com and Basketball Times
mid-major columnist Angela Lento. “What Gregg has accomplished
in his time at Winthrop is comparable to any program in
America. He wins and he wins with class.”
Marshall’s team played the most challenging non-conference
schedule in school history with the four losses all coming to
teams ranked 20 or better in the polls; North Carolina,
Maryland, Wisconsin (in overtime) and Texas A&M.
The Eagles claimed wins over Mississippi State, which won the
SEC West and advanced the NIT Final Four. They had an
impressive win at Missouri State, which participated in the
NIT, in an ESPN Bracket Buster contest. The Eagles also
knocked CAA runner-up and NCAA participant Old Dominion.
In league play Marshall led the Eagles to the first unbeaten
conference record in Big South Conference history (14-0) and
finished a perfect 17-0 after notching three wins in the
Winthrop most of the second half of the season ranked in the
top five on the Mid-Major Top 25 (collegeinsider.com) climbing
as high as No. 2 and coming within three points of being
ranked No. 1.
But Winthrop entered uncharted waters in the final rankings
before the start of the NCAA tournament. For the first time in
school history the Eagles were ranked in the USA Today/ESPN
and Associated Press Top 25 rankings. The Eagles are ranked
No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 24 in the AP Top 25
Marshall received eight first place votes and edged out
Butler’s Todd Lickliter by two points. Lickliter, who received
the mid-season coaching honors associated with the Durham
award, received four first-place votes. Dick Davey (Santa
Clara), Chris Lowey (Southern Illinois), and Bob McKillop
(Davidson) also received first-place votes.
Previously know as the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Coach of
the Year, the award was renamed in March of 2004 to honor
coach Hugh Durham. Bob Thomason (Pacific) was the
first-recipient of the award and Bucknell’s Pat Flannery was
honored last season.
2007 HUGH DURHAM AWARD VOTING
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
2007 Finalists Announced |
earns mid-season honors