The five finalists for the 2013 Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year Award were announced today. The Red Auerbach Award is given annually to the nation’s top Jewish college coach, as voted on by the members of the Jewish Coaches Association (JCA). The winner will be presented with the award at the Final Four in Atlanta, Georgia.
Keith Dambrot – University of Akron
In his 9th year at University of Akron, Coach Dambrot guided the Zips to a 26-6 record, the MAC regular season and tournament championship and a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Dambrot’s team enjoyed a 19-game winning streak that spanned from the middle of December to the end of February. The Zips will face 5 seed VCU in the NCAA Tournament, the team’s 4th overall NCAA Tournament.
Ryan Marks – University of Texas-Pan American
In his 4th year, Coach Marks guided the Broncs to a 16-16 record, a 5 win improvement over the 2011-12 season. UTPA enjoyed three separate 3-game winning streaks and a victory over WCC opponent University of Portland. Marks’ team finished 2nd in the Great West Conference behind N.J.I.T.
Josh Schertz – Lincoln Memorial University
In his 5th year as head coach, Josh Schertz guided the Railsplitters to the program’s 4th consecutive 20-win season, finishing with a 25-6 overall record and a 15-3 record in the South Atlantic Conference. Coach Schertz led the program to a 2 seed in the Division II NCAA Tournament. The Railsplitters reached the Southeast Regional Semifinals where the team narrowly fell to Barton College.
Jeff Klein – Chaffey College
Coach Klein led the Chaffey College Panthers to a 23-6 regular season record in his 12th season as head coach. Klein guided the Panthers to a 12-2 conference record and was named Foothill Conference Coach of the Year. Chaffey received a 2 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association Basketball State Championship Tournament and reached the championship game, falling to Mt. San Antonio College.
Howard Fisher – College of the Canyons
In his 13th season at College of the Canyons, Coach Fisher guided the Cougars to a 21-9 overall record and a 9-1 conference record. College of the Canyons made its first appearance in the third round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoffs.