ETSU coach Forbes finalist for Hugh Durham Award

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East Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes is a finalist for another national award.

Two days after being named a finalist for the 2019 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award, Coach Forbes has been named a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, which was announced by the committee on Friday.

The Hugh Durham Award is presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach. In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins’ all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (pct. or wins) at three different Division I schools.

“Anytime you are considered for an award of this kind, it’s a reflection of your players, staff, administration and fans. We have the best in all four of these categories,” said Forbes.

During his four seasons with the Bucs, Forbes has compiled 100 wins and a .725 win percentage. The 100 wins are the most in program history over a four-year stretch, while the win percentage ranks 12th nationally among active coaches who are in at least their fourth year of having Division I experience. Forbes became the 11th active NCAA Division I head coach to reach 100 wins in their first four seasons, along with the 18th Division I program to reach 100 wins during this time frame.

This season, the Blue and Gold totaled 24 wins, which ranks seventh-most in program history, while Forbes’ teams also hold the second-most (27 in 2016-17) and sixth-most (25 in 2017-18) wins in the Buccaneer single-season record book. ETSU also won 24 games in Forbes’ first season in 2015-16, while the 100 wins are 38 more than the previous four seasons prior to his arrival.

Forbes is one of four SoCon coaches to be a finalist as Wofford’s Mike Young, UNCG’s Wes Miller and Furman’s Bob Richey are also up for the award. The other finalists include John Becker, Vermont, Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s, Rick Byrd, Belmont, Bill Coen, Northeastern, Tim Cluess, Iona, Darian DeVries, Drake, Joe Golding, Abilene Christian, Jason Hooten, Sam Houston State, Mike Huger, Bowling Green, Chris Jans, New Mexico State, Robert Jones, Norfolk State, Danny Kaspar, Texas State, Dustin Kerns, Presbyterian, Ritchie McKay, Liberty, Matt McMahon, Murray State, Joe Mihalich, Hofstra, Nate Oats, Buffalo, Chris Ogden, UT Arlington, Mark Pope, Utah Valley, Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M and Russell Turner, UC Irvine.

The recipient of this award and the 2019 Skip Prosser award will both be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA division I basketball championship.

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