1. Joe Pierre-Liberty University
The son of legendary coach Butch Pierre is carving a nice career for himself at Liberty. Pierre started at Liberty in 2018, as the Director of Player of Development and helped the Flames to back-to-back historic seasons. After becoming the 2019 ASUN Regular Season and Tournament Champions, the Flames defeated Mississippi State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2020, the Flames again earned ASUN Regular Season and Tournament titles and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after losing their top 3 scorers from the 2019-20 team. Pierre has developed A-Sun Player of the Year Darius McGhee and Defensive Player of the Year Elijah Cuffee.
2020-21 A-Sun Coach of the Year
1.Ritchie McKay-Liberty University
The former University of Virginia associate head coach has hit the ground running since returning to Liberty for his 2nd stint. McKay has led the Flames to four straight 20 plus win seasons including a school record 30 games during the 2019-20 season. In 2020-21 he led the Flames to a 23-6 record which includes being 13-0 at home. He defeated Mississippi State and South Carolina along the way and has won back to back A-Sun regular season and conference championships. What are high major programs waiting for?
2020-21 SWAC Assistant Coach of the Year
2. Shyrone Chatman - Texas Southern University
The four year veteran at Texas Southern has played a key role in the recruitment and retention of quality student athletes. The former UMass assistant has helped TSU win the SWAC championship in 2020-21 and defeat Mt St Mary’s in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament. Chatman has developed numerous all conference players including Newcomer of the year and 1st team all conference Michael Weathers. TSU averages 18 wins per season with Chatman on the sidelines the past four seasons.
2020-21 SWAC Coach of the Year
3. Johnny Jones- Texas Southern University
The former LSU head coach hit the ground running when hired at TSU. The 2020-21 team completed the season 17-9 which includes a 10 game winning streak before running into the #1 seed in the NCAA tournament Michigan. TSU has an outstanding 8-2 home record and 10-3 SWAC record. They defeated cross town rival Prairie View in the SWAC championship game ending Prairie’s unbeaten SWAC record at 12-0. Jones team defeated Mt St. Mary’s in the NCAA tournament making history with Norfolk state as the 1st time in NCAA history that the SWAC and MEAC both won a NCAA tournament game in the same season. Tough to see Jones being at TSU much longer as the program continues to improve.
Jones, the 8th year head coach led NSU to a 17-8 record winning the MEAC regular season and conference championship in a COVID shortened season. He led his team to a NCAA tournament win over Appalachian State earning the right to play #1 ranked Gonzaga. During the regular season NSU team beat James Madison, Radford, Hampton and George Mason all teams from higher rated conferences. The 2020-21 team closed the season on a 7 game winning streak before facing Gonzaga. Mid Major programs should be knocking down his door for a chance to speak with him.
2020-21 MEAC Assistant Coach of the Year
4. Jamal Brown- Norfolk State University
It’s baffling that Brown has not been handed the reigns to his own program with other MEAC programs in need of a head coach. An 18 year MEAC veteran who has been instrumental in changing the landscape at every program he’s been apart of. NSU coaching staff assembled a very talented group of transfers to add to the returnees and they won the regular season and conference championships. NSU won an NCAA tournament game against Appalachian State. Brown was very instrumental in the recruiting process and NSU has not had an academic casualties or APR issues since he became the academic coordinator.