Hugh Durham Award

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Hugh Durham Award
Awarded for the nation's top mid-major men's head coach in NCAA Division I basketball
Country United States
Presented by
First awarded 2005
Currently held by Brian Katz, Sacramento State
Official website Website

The Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award (formerly called the Mid-Major Coach of the Year Award from 2005 to 2009) is an award given annually to the most outstanding mid-major men's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition. The award was established in 2005 and was renamed for legendary head coach Hugh Durham, who coached at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville.[1] Among his many accomplishments, Durham is the only person to be the all-time winningest coach for three separate NCAA basketball programs.[1]


The Hugh Durham Award is voted on by 20 members who are on a panel consisting of former and current head coaches. Durham himself is the chairman, and the award is presented at the Final Four to the top mid-major men's basketball coach.

Definitions of the term "mid-major" in the context of college basketball vary widely. For purposes of its "mid-major" awards and honors—the Durham Award for coaches and the Lou Henson Award and Lou Henson All-America Team for players— has established its own definition of the term, which includes the following conferences, as well as any basketball independents.

Of these conferences, the only ones that sponsor FBS football are the MAC and the Sun Belt. All other FBS conferences, as well as the Atlantic 10 Conference (which has not sponsored football at all since 2006), have been excluded from the list of "mid-majors" throughout the award's history.[2] Following major conference realignment that peaked in 2013, the WAC, which dropped football after the 2012 season, was added to the eligible list, while both offshoots of the original Big East Conference—the FBS American Athletic Conference and the new non-football Big East—were excluded from eligibility


* Awarded the Naismith College Coach of the Year the same season
Coach (X) Denotes the number of times the coach has been awarded the Hugh Durham Award
Year Coach School Record Reference
2004–05 Thomason, BobBob Thomason Pacific 27–4 [3]
2005–06 Flannery, PatPat Flannery Bucknell 27–5 [4]
2006–07 Marshall, GreggGregg Marshall Winthrop 29–5 [3][5]
2007–08 Davis, KenoKeno Davis Drake 28–5 [6]
2008–09 Bozeman, ToddTodd Bozeman Morgan State 23–12 [7]
2009–10 Young, MikeMike Young Wofford 26–9 [8]
2010–11 Byrd, RickRick Byrd Belmont 30–5 [9]
2011–12 Payne, EddieEddie Payne South Carolina Upstate 21–13 [10]
2012–13 Kaspar, DannyDanny Kaspar Stephen F. Austin 27–5 [11]
2013–14 Jasick, TonyTony Jasick IPFW 25–11 [12]
2014–15 Katz, BrianBrian Katz Sacramento State 21–12 [13]

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Belmont 1 2011
Bucknell 1 2006
Drake 1 2008
IPFW 1 2014
Morgan State 1 2009
Pacific 1 2005
Sacramento State 1 2015
Stephen F. Austin 1 2013
USC Upstate 1 2005
Winthrop 1 2007
Wofford 1 2010


  1. ^ a b " Announces Creation of the Hugh Durham Award". 5 April 2005. 
  2. ^ " establishes the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award" (Press release). January 27, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2011.  Note that this source lists the conferences whose players are eligible for the award.
  3. ^ a b "Winthrop Coach Receives Top Mid-Major Coaching Award From". Press release. Winthrop University. 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Flannery Receives 2006 Hugh Durham Award". 5 April 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Winthrop's Gregg Marshall Receives 2007 Durham Award". 30 March 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Drake's Keno Davis Receives 2008 Durham Award". 4 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Morgan State's Todd Bozeman Receives 2009 Durham Award". 3 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Staff (2 April 2010). "Wofford's Young named Mid-Major Coach of the Year". Spartanburg Herald Journal. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Staff (1 April 2011). "Rick Byrd Named 2011 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year". Belmont University. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "USC Upstate's Payne Claims 2012 Hugh Durham Award" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. March 30, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Danny Kaspar Wins 2013 Hugh Durham Award" (Press release). Texas State University. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Pantazi, Dean (April 6, 2014). "IPFW's Jasick Honored As Mid Major Coach Of The Year" (Press release). Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ "BRIAN KATZ NAMED THE NATIONAL MID-MAJOR COACH OF THE YEAR" (Press release). April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 

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