RICHMOND, Va. – For the third time in the past four years, VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart has been named a finalist for the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award. Smart is one of 20 finalists, announced by the award's presenter, CollegeInsider.com.
The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball.
The 20 finalists include Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Mike Anderson (Arkansas), Kevin Baggett (Rider), Roman Banks (Southern), Jamion Christian (Mount St. Mary's), Mike Davis (Texas Southern), Anthony Evans (Norfolk State), Anthony Grant (Alabama), James Green (Jacksonville State), Frank Haith (Missouri), Joe Jones (Boston University), Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee), Bashir Mason (Wagner), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Howard Moore (Illinois-Chicago), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Kevin Ollie (Connecticut), Shaka Smart (VCU), John Thompson III
"Selecting a winner from this group will be difficult," said CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. "So many coaches did exceptional things this season. Any of the 20 finalists would be deserving."
Coach Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is bestknown as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. He has also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.
The 2013 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, the site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.