John McLendon Award

List of John McLendon Award winners

Every year since 2012, has awarded the John McLendon Coach of the Year Award (or simply, John McLendon Award) to recognize the nation’s top collegiate head coach at any level (Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA). The award is named after late Hall of Famer John McLendon, a trailblazer in college basketball and an incredible important figure in the integration of the game. McLendon was both the first African-American head coach at a predominantly white school (Cleveland State), as well as the first African-American coach of any professional sports team (ABA’s Denver Rockets). While the first seven awards were given to Division I coaches, the 2019 honor went to Division II head coach Ben McCollum.

Year Coach School
2012 Horace Broadnax Savannah State
2013 John Thompson III Georgetown
2014 Gregg Marshall Wichita State
2015 Jim Engles NJIT
2016 King Rice Monmouth
2017 Chris Holtmann Butler
2018 Chris Beard Texas Tech
2019 Ben McCollum Northwest Missouri State
2020 Joe Gallo Merrimack
2021 Kelvin Sampson Houston
2022 Hubert Davis North Carolina

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