Blue Hen Men’s Basketball Head Coach Monté Ross a Finalist For Three National Coach of the Year Awards; Named NABC UPS All-District 10 Coach
BOSTON, Mass. -- After leading the Blue Hens to 25 victories, the CAA regular season and tournament titles, and a berth in the NCAA tournament, University of Delaware men’s basketball head coach Monté Ross has been named a finalist for three prestigious national Coach of the Year awards.
Ross is one of 15 finalists for the Skip Prosser Award to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off it as well; the Ben Jobe Award presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I; and the Hugh Durham Award given annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.
The winners of all three awards will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Additionally, Ross was named the NABC UPS Division I All-District 10 Coach of the Year.
Ross, the 2014 CAA Coach of the Year who recently completed his eighth season in Newark, guided Delaware to a 25-10 record, as the Blue Hens tied for the second most wins in a season in school history.
UD won its first 11 league games, tying for the best start by any team in CAA history, and eventually finished 14-2 in the CAA, tied for the second most conference wins in school history.
The Blue Hens opened the calendar year with 13 consecutive wins, tied for the second longest streak in UD history, and also claimed 15 straight CAA victories dating back to last season. Delaware won its eighth regular season conference title in school history, before claiming its fifth league tournament championship and the first since 1999 with the dramatic 75-74 comeback win over William & Mary in the CAA tournament final.
UD then advanced to its fifth NCAA tournament appearance, battling fourth-seeded and 11th-ranked Michigan State before falling, 93-78, to the Spartans in a second round game in Spokane, Wash.
Ross has now won 115 games during his Blue Hen career, the second most in Delaware history behind only Steve Steinwedel with 163 victories.