PAT SKERRY NAMED FINALIST FOR 2013 HUGH DURHAM AWARD
Skerry is Among 21 Finalists for the Award Given to the Nation’s Top Mid-Major Coach
BOSTON, Mass. – Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry is among 21 finalists for the 2013 Hugh Durham award, given annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.
The award is named in honor of Hugh Durham, who is one of just 12 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.
Other finalists include: Jim Baron (Canisius), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Bill Coen (Northeastern), Keith Dambrot (Akron), Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee), Billy Donlon (Wright State), Andy Enfield (Florida Gulf Coast), Anthony Evans (Norfolk State), Chris Holtmann (Gardner-Webb), Danny Kaspar (Stephen F. Austin), Matt Matheny (Elon), Joe Mihalich (Niagara), Jim Molinari (Western Illinois), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook), Joe Scott (Denver), Zach Spiker (Army), Wayne Tinkle (Montana), Tod Kowalczyk (Toledo) and Michael White (Louisiana Tech).
“This is as good of a list of candidates that we have had,” said Durham. “It will be difficult to select one winner from this group.”
Skerry, the 2013 CAA Coach of the Year, guided Towson to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history this year. After going just 1-31 during Skerry’s inaugural campaign in 2011-12, the Tigers posted an 18-13 mark this season, which was the most victories by a Towson squad since 1993-94. Towson’s 13-5 record in CAA play and second-place finish in the league standings were the best ever marks for the Tigers since joining the league in 2001.
Towson won 12 of its 18 games away from home, which was the program’s highest total since 1976-77. The Tigers closed the season with eight victories in their final nine contests.
The 2013 award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.