January 7, 2009


After leading Butler to an 11-1 start, Brad Stevens earned the Hugh Durham Award mid-season coaching honors.BOSTON (MA) -- Butler's 12-1 start has earned head coach Brad Stevens the Hugh Durham Award mid-season coaching honors. Stevens edged out Illinois State’s Tim Jankovich.

“I truly enjoy watching Brad’s team play,” says Hugh Durham. “As a former coach I always look for two things, effort and execution. Brad’s team gets an A+ for both. He has done a really nice job in short time as the head coach.”

Stevens, who is now in his second season as the head coach of the Bulldogs, has seen his team lose just once this season, 54-51 at Ohio State. His team has posted five road wins, including wins at Bradley, Cleveland State, Drake and Xavier.

Butler began the season ranked No. 10 in the Mid-Major Top 25 and quickly climbed up among the top three where they have remained.

Stevens received seven first-place votes to edge out Jankovich (Illinois State). Rounding out the top five are Duggar Baucom (VMI), Randy Bennett (Saint Mary’s) and Bob McKillop (Davidson).

Last season Stevens finished second for mid-season honors, behind Randy Bennett.

“Whom ever has the responsibility of hiring the coaches at Butler is doing a pretty good job,” says Hugh Durham.

Stevens took over last season for Todd Lickliter who was named the head coach at Iowa. Lickliter received mid-season during the 2006-07 season.

Renamed after the legendary Georgia and Jacksonville head coach Hugh the award is given annually by CollegeInsider.com to the top mid-major coach in America. Drake head coach Keno Davis (now at Providence) was the recipient of the award last season, which was presented at the Final Four in San Antonio. This season’s winner will be announced at the Final Four in Detroit.

FINAL VOTING (first place votes in parenthesis)

Brad Stevens Butler 64 (7)
Tim Jankovich Illinois State 59 (3)
Duggar Baucom VMI 40 (4)
Randy Bennett St. Mary's 40 (2)
Bob McKillop Davidson 19 (2)
Ken Bone Portland State 11
Brad Brownell Wright State 9 (1)
Marty Simmons Evansville 9 (1)
Bobby Cremins College of Charleston 9
Billy Lange Navy 5
Ken McDonald Western Kentucky 5
Jim Woolridge UC Riverside 4
John Brady Arkansas State 3
Horace Broadnax Savannah State 3
Mark Few Gonzaga 3
Mike Lonergan Vermont 3
Ritchie McKay Liberty 3
Dana Altman Creighton 2
Fran McCaffery Siena 2
Rex Walters San Francisco 2
Mike Gillian Longwood 1
Rob Jeter Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1
Greg Kampe Oakland 1
Joe Mihalich Niagara 1
Gary Waters Cleveland State 1