THE DON MEYER AWARD

Indiana Tech’s Ted Albert is the recipient of the 2023 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year, presented annually to the top head coach in NAIA college basketball

March 30, 2023

HOUSTON, TX -- Indiana Tech’s Ted Albert is the recipient of the 2023 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year, presented annually to the top head coach in NAIA college basketball.

Ted Albert led Indiana Tech to an historic season, which culminated with an appearance in the NAIA National Championship game.

“This was a breakthrough season for Ted Albert and Indiana Tech basketball,” said Joe Dwyer, President of CollegeInsider.com. “Coach Albert has consistently won in his time at Tech, but he led the program to new heights this season. It was a season of many historic firsts, making Ted Albert an easy choice for National Coach of the Year.”

It was a season of firsts, which included the first-ever trip to the NAIA Fab Four. In the semifinals the Warriors overcame a 16-point second half deficit to beat Georgetown College 80-71 to reach the Championship Final. Tech mounted another big comeback in the championship but came up just short falling 73-71 to the College of Southern Idaho.

Indiana Tech finished with a record of 27-4, including an 18-2 mark in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

Albert was named WHAC Coach of the Year for the third time during his time at Tech as he led the Warriors to their third conference title in four years.

The Don Meyer Award is named in honor of the one of the sport's winningest coaches.

In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, Don Meyer compiled an astounding 923-324 record. He led Lipscomb to the NAIA national championship in 1986 and coached the two highest-scoring players in the history of college basketball, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson.

His 1989-90 team at Lipscomb won a record 41 games and was the highest scoring team in college basketball history.

In 2010, he received the John Bunn Award at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Meyer retired from coaching in February 2010. Coach Meyer lost his long battle with cancer on May 18, 2014, at the age of 69.

Note: Some of the content from the press release came directly from Indiana Tech media releases.

 

 

The Don Meyer Award, which is presented annually to the top NAIA basketball coach, is named in honor of the one of the sport's winningest coaches.
 
In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, he compiled an astounding 923-324 record. He led Lipscomb to the NAIA national championship in 1986, and coached the two highest-scoring players in the history of college basketball, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson. Also, his 1989-90 team at Lipscomb won a record 41 games and was the highest scoring team in college history. 
 
In 2010, he received the John Bunn Award at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
Meyer retired from coaching in February 2010. Coach Meyer lost his long battle with cancer on May 18, 2014, at the age of 69.
 
The recipient of the 2023-24 award will be announced in April, in Phoenix, AZ site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

The Don Meyer award is presented annually to the top NAIA head coach, as voted on by the award committee. 
 
The 10-member voting committee consists of current and former head coaches, as well as two senior staff members of collegeinsider.com.
 
The award is presented annually at the site of the men's Division I NCAA basketball championship. 

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