Recogniton of Kevin Ollie’s achievements in his first season as UConn coach continues. He is one of 20 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award, given annually to the top minority coach in Division I college basketball.
It is named for Jobe, the legendary, long-time coach at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Southern, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.
Along with Ollie, the other finalists are:
Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Mike Anderson (Arkansas), Kevin Baggett (Rider), Roman Banks (Southern), Jamion Christian (Mount St. Mary’s), Mike Davis (Texas Southern), Anthony Evans (Norfolk State), Anthony Grant (Alabama), James Green (Jacksonville State), Frank Haith (Missouri), Joe Jones (Boston University), Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee), Bashir Mason (Wagner), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Howard Moore (Illinois-Chicago), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Shaka Smart (VCU), Bashir Mason (Wagner) and John Thompson III (Georgetown).
Last week, Ollie was named a finalist for the Joe B. Hall Award, given to the top first-year coach in the nation. The winners of both these awards will be announced during Final Four week in Atlanta.