BOSTON – Augustana head men’s basketball coach Tom Billeter has been selected as a finalist for two national coach of the year awards.Billeter was named a finalist for the John McLendon National Coach of the Year award as well as the Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year award.Billeter guided Augustana to a 22-9 record in 2012-13 and the team’s second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Augustana has made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, including five in the last six years under the direction of Billeter. The Vikings went 15-7 in the NSIC this season to finish third in the final league standings. Augustana has never finished lower than sixth in the NSIC and has finished third three times and fourth once.
The John McLendon award is presented annually to the top collegiate head coach. The award will encompass Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and JUCO.The Clarence “Big House” Gaines award is presented annually to the top division II men's basketball coach. One of the true legends of all-time, Clarence Gaines retired from Winston-Salem State University in 1993 with a record of 828-446.
At the time he was the winningest active basketball coach in NCAA history.Both awards will be presented on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, the site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.
Courtesy: Augustana College