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McCollum Earns 4th NABC Coach Of The Year Award

March 30, 2021 6:03am

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today that Ben McCollum of Northwest Missouri State University has been selected as the 2021 NABC Division II Coach of the Year presented by Wilson.
 
This is the fourth time in the last five years that McCollum has earned the award with three NCAA Division II championships during that period. The Bearcats topped West Texas A&M 80-54 in the NCAA Division II national championship game on Saturday in Evansville, Ind., finishing the season with a 28-2 won-lost record.
 
Northwest Missouri also won NCAA titles in 2016-17 and 2018-19 and may have garnered another last season with a 31-1 record before the abrupt end of play due to the pandemic.  Over the last three seasons, McCollum's teams have a 97-3 won-lost record and a 159-8 mark over the last five seasons.
 
A seven-time MIAA coach of the year, McCollum earned the 2019 John McLendon National Coach of the Year award for all divisions.


McCollum surpassed Cal State Bakersfield's Pat Douglass for the most NABC Division II Coach of the Year awards with four. Douglass captured his awards in 1993, 1994 and 1997. McCollum has been the NABC Coach of the Year in 2017, 2019,  2020 and 2021.