|UTM’s McMillan is one of (write)r choices |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:10 pm |
|UT Martin women’s coach Kevin McMillan has a share of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Basketball Coach of the Year award. |
The skipper of the Skyhawk women shares said award with Union University’s Mark Campbell.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins has been named the TSWA College Basketball Player of the Year, while Tennessee senior Shekinna Stricklen earned the top ladies player award from the contingent of sportswriters.
Belmont University’s Rick Byrd was named the TSWA Men’s Coach of the Year.
In McMillan’s second year, UT Martin won its first OVC Tournament championship and also earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
UT Martin earned its NCAA Tournament appearance after beating Tennessee Tech 82-76 in the OVC tournament title game. It owned a 79-69 win over Morehead State in the tournament semifinals.
The Skyhawk women finished the season 21-11.
UTM lost to Duke in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
Under Campbell, Union reached its third straight NAIA national title game, where it lost to Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 65-59. Union was the two-time national champions entering the season.
With three NAIA All-Americans in its lineup, Union finished the season 35-2 overall and 15-1 in the TranSouth.
In his 12 seasons at Union, Campbell has directed his team to four national titles and 399 wins.
Stricklen — the Lady Vols’ most versatile player who played point guard, wing and post — averaged 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and recorded 11 double-doubles. Stricklen shot 48.9 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from the 3-point line and 75.7 from the free-throw line.
Stricklen was the SEC Player of the Year, the SEC Tournament MVP, an AP All-American third team selection and was named to the elite WBCA State Farm All-American team.
On the men’s side, Jenkins led the SEC in scoring averaging 19.5 points and led the conference in 3-pointers made per game. He had a season-high 32 points in Vanderbilt’s 81-77 win over Kentucky.
Jenkins started in 32 games for the Commodores, who finished 23-11 and reached the NCAA Tournament.
Jenkins was a unanimous All-SEC first team selection and a All-American honorable mention.
Under Byrd’s direction, Belmont finished 30-5 reaching the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six years.
Byrd was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year and CollegeInsiders.com and NABC District 3 Coach of the year.
He was also named the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year.
The 2010-11 version of Belmont basketball led the Atlantic Sun Conference in 13 statistical categories, led the nation in scoring margin and tied for the national lead with 13 road victories.
Byrd ranks 12th among active NCAA Division I head coaches in career victories with 610.