College Hoops: Kaspar wins Durhan Award

ATLANTA — Newly introduced Texas State head men’s basketball coach Danny Kaspar was presented with the 2013 Hugh Durhan Award today at the awards banquet in Atlanta, in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The award is given annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.

Kaspar led Stephen F. Austin to its third Southland Conference title, a 27-5 overall record and a berth in the NIT. The Lumberjacks mark of 27-5 was the fourth-best record in all of Division I basketball in 2013. Kaspar’s other honors this year include being named the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches District 23 Coach of the Year, and the Southland Conference Coach of the Year.

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.

The other finalists for the award included Jim Baron (Canisius), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Bill Coen (Northeastern), Keith Dambrot (Akron), Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee), Billy Donlon (Wright State), Andy Enfield (Florida Gulf Coast), Anthony Evans (Norfolk State), Chris Holtmann (Gardner-Webb), Matt Matheny (Elon), Joe Mihalich (Niagara), Jim Molinari (Western Illinois), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook), Joe Scott (Denver), Pat Skerry (Towson), Zach Spiker (Army), Wayne Tinkle (Montana) and Tod Kowalczyk (Toledo), Michael White (Louisiana Tech).