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Mocs McCall Finalist for National Coach of the Year Awards

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CHATTANOOGA ( you win 29 games, awards tend to follow. Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball coach Matt McCall is no exception after a banner first season. He is a finalist for both the Hugh Durham and Joe B. Hall Awards presented by
"Any awards I'm nominated for, win, whatever, goes back to the players," McCall explained. "It all comes down to what our players did on and off the court to make this season special. It was an unbelievably connected group that accomplished great things because of their work ethic and willingness to sacrifice everything for the team. Our staff was key in getting that culture in place, so this is certainly recognition of the team.
"These awards are about the work we all put in together, not just one person."
The Hugh Durham Award is presented to the nation's top mid-major head coach. McCall is one of 21 nominated: Chris Beard, Little Rock; Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's; Ken Burmeister, Incarnate Word; Jon Coffman, IFPW; Bryce Drew, Valparaiso; Bill Evans, Idaho State; Dana Ford, Tennessee State; Eran Ganot, Hawaii; Murray Garvin, South Carolina State; Mitch Henderson, Princeton; James Jones, Yale; Kevin Keatts, UNCW; Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon; Matt McCall, Chattanooga; Nick McDevitt, UNC Asheville; Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State; Joe Mihalich, Hofstra; Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook; King Rice, Monmouth; Marty Simmons, Evansville; Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin.
The Joe B. Hall Award is awarded to the nation's best first-year head coach. It is a select 10-person list: Chris Beard, Little Rock; Linc Darner, Green Bay; Nathan Davis, Bucknell; Steve Forbes, ETSU; Eran Ganot, Hawaii; Eric Konkol, Louisiana Tech; Matt McCall, Chattanooga; Matt McMahon, Murray State; Nate Oats, Buffalo; Montez Robinson, Alcorn State.
Click the links above to learn more about each honor. The announcement for both is at the Awards presentation April 1 in Houston, Texas.
The Mocs put together a campaign for the ages. A school-record 29 wins, including triumphs at Georgia, Illinois and Dayton, to go with the 11th Southern Conference Regular Season and 11th SoCon Tournament Championships highlighted by the 16th NCAA Tournament (11 DI era) appearance.

The 29 wins were the most by a first-year head coach this season per It's tied for the seventh-most dating back to the 1963-64 season. Bill Guthridge's 34 wins in 1997-98 is the highest win total by a first-year head coach.

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