Blaine Taylor A Finalist For Two National Coach Of the Year Awards

March 24, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 24, 2011

BOSTON (MA) -- Blaine Taylor is one of sixteen finalists for the 2011 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year award and the Skip Prosser Award.

The Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well.

The Hugh Durham award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major coach in division I college basketball, is named after Hugh Durham who is the first and only coach in the history of NCAA Division I basketball to lead two different schools to the NCAA Final Four for the first and only time in each school's history (Florida State University in 1972 and University of Georgia in 1983).

"This is a great group of coaches," said Hugh Durham. "They all deserve recognition for the job they have done this season."

Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Randy Bennett (St. Mary's), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Ed Cooley (Fairfield), Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina), Jim Ferry (Long Island), B.J. Hill (Northern Colorado), Rob Jeter (Milwaukee), Sydney Johnson (Princeton), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Jim Larranaga (George Mason), Cuonzo Martin (Missouri State), Dave Paulsen (Bucknell), Clifford Reed (Bethune-Cookman), Brad Stevens (Butler), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion)

The Hugh Durham Award winner will be announced at the awards banquet on April 1 in Houston, site of the men's basketball championship.

Blaine Taylor is ODU's winningest men's basketball coach in school history with a 215-110 record in 10 seasons. He is 356-176 overall in 17 years as a collegiate head coach. The Monarchs have participated in post season play seven straight years, including four NCAA appearances, at title and a semi-final appearance in the NIT.

The Monarchs have won 24 or more games six of the last seven seasons along with two straight CAA titles. The Monarchs were 27-7 this season.