BEAVERTON, Ore. (March 25, 2013) -- In the midst of the best season in the history of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team, Cru head coach Ken DeWeese has been named the 2013 Schelde North America/DIII News Coach of the Year. The publication announced the award in its April issue released today.
DeWeese led his Crusaders to a 27-5 overall record heading into the 2013 Division III national championship game to be played on April 7. The Cru is the first team from the state of Texas and the first American Southwest Conference program to play in the Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Game. UMHB has already set a new school single-season record for victories and DeWeese has also been voted D3hoops.com South Region Coach of the Year and ASC West Division Coach of the Year this season.
“Ken did a great job with his team this season, first going through a tough conference schedule and then taking his team to the national title game,” said DIII News editor and publisher Gary Rubin. “This award dates back to 1994 and he joins a long list of distinguished winners. Along with Schelde North America, we are pleased to recognize him for his achievement and hard work.”
DIII News has named a Coach of the Year every season since 1993-94. DeWeese is the first coach from the ASC to capture the award.
“Reaching the national championship game takes an outstanding effort from the first day of practice to the final buzzer in March,” said Jim Peterson, president of Schelde North America, a leading basketball goal and equipment manufacturer. “Schelde North America is honored to partner with DIII News to recognize Ken DeWeese and all coaches in Division III college basketball.”