Moton named a finalist for multiple national honors
Posted March 25
Durham, N.C. — Fresh off the program’s first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships at the NCAA Division I level, the postseason accolades have begun pouring in for North Carolina Central University head men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton as he was named a finalist for both the Ben Jobe Award and the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year award by CollegeInsider.com on Tuesday.
The Eagles finished the 2013-14 season 28-6 overall, 15-1 in league action and earned a No. 14-seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament, the lowest in MEAC men’s basketball history. NCCU won 20 consecutive games from Jan. 11 till March 15, before falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the third-seeded Cyclones of Iowa State University, who have advanced to the Sweet 16 after taking down North Carolina on Sunday.
Moton has already won MEAC Coach of the Year honors and the Most Outstanding Coach Award in the MEAC Basketball Tournament, as he was also named a finalist to these very awards last year.
The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. Coach Jobe He is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. He has also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.
His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT appearance, five SIAC championships, 11 SWAC titles and two NAIA Tournament Championships. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a coach was Southern's 93-78 win over Georgia Tech in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It stands as one of the great upsets in the history of the event.
The finalists include: Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Roman Banks (Southern University), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), James Jones (Yale), Joe Jones (Boston University), Mike James (Radford), Danny Manning (Tulsa), Rob Murphy (Eastern Michigan), Kevin Ollie (Connecticut-2013 winner of the Ben Jobe Award), Monte Ross (Delaware), Gary Waters (Cleveland State) and Willis Wilson (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).
The Hugh Durham award is given annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. 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 finalists include: Mike Brennan (American), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Tim Clues (Iona), Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan), Bob Hoffman (Mercer), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), Tony Jasick (IPFW), Tod Kowalczyk (Toledo), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Jeff Neubauer (Eastern Kentucky), Saul Phillips (North Dakota State), Monte Ross (Delaware), Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin), Will Wade (Chattanooga).
The winners of both the 2014 Ben Jobe award and the Hugh Durham Award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.