NU's Coen Named District Coach of the Year
BOSTON - Northeastern men's basketball head coach Bill Coen has been named District I Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the organization announced Tuesday.
In addition, Coen and Towson coach Pat Skerry are among 21 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award, which is given to the nation's top mid-major coach.
In his seventh season at Northeastern, Coen led the Huskies to their first Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title and the program's first conference championship in 20 years.
Coen guided Northeastern to a 20-12 record (14-4 CAA), despite players missing 19 games due to injury, including 10 games combined between the starting backcourt. In the conference championship tournament, his squad completed the greatest comeback in Northeastern's 93-year history, rallying from 24 points down to advance to the championship game of the CAA tournament for the first time in program history.
He led the Huskies to the nation's fourth-best regular-season road record, posting a 10-2 mark, and his squad owned an impressive 13-4 record in games decided by five points or less. The Huskies tied school records for most overtime games played and won at 4-1.
A skilled tactician, Coen directed Northeastern to a top-three ranking in the CAA in 11 different statistical categories, and his squad defeated every conference team at least once.
With 78 career wins in CAA regular-season and postseason play, Coen ranks as the eighth-winningest coach in the history of one of the nation's most respected mid-major conferences.
The USBWA District I honor is Coen's second, and his third overall coach of the year recognition. He last won the USBWA award in 2010, and was named the New England Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Skerry was selected as the CAA Coach of the Year after guiding Towson to the biggest turnaround in NCAA history this season. The Tigers went 18-13 overall after going just 1-31 a year ago. Towson's 13-5 record and second-place finish in CAA play were the best in school history.