Ross Douma, Dordt College men’s basketball coach, has been announced as a finalist for the 2014 Don Meyer award. The winner of the award will be announced on Friday, April 4th at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in Dallas, Texas, site of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The award is presented annually to the top NAIA men’s basketball coach.
Douma recently completed his fifth season at Dordt College and has led the Defenders to three straight NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament berths. He has been named the GPAC Coach of the Year twice and has recorded a 125-40 record. The Defenders have won two GPAC regular season titles and a GPAC post-season tournament championship during his tenure.
The 2013-14 Dordt College men’s basketball team posted a 28-6 record and won the GPAC regular season title with a 17-3 mark after being picked to finish fifth in the GPAC Coaches’ Pre-Season Poll.
The other finalists for the award include Jay Barsh (Southeastern), Matt Cross (Talladega), Scott Garson (College of Idaho), Kim Elders (Cornerstone), John Martin (St. Gregory’s), Ryan Moody (Benedictine), Andre Payne (Wiley), Jim Saia (Cal State San Marcos), Jason Shelton (Freed Hardeman), Rhett Soliday Vanguard) and Kelly Wells (Pikeville).
The Don Meyer award is named after the longtime coach at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State colleges where he compiled a career record of 923-324 before retiring in 2010.