Feb. 20, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola men's basketball head coach Jimmy Patsos has been named as one of 15 finalists for the 2007 Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award. Presented by collegeinsider.com, the award is given annually to the nation's top mid-major head coach.
The third year of the award, past winners are Bob Thomason from Pacific (2005) and Pat Flannery of Bucknell (2006). The recipient will be announced at the Final Four in Atlanta in April.
In his third year at Loyola, Patsos inherited a program that was coming off a 1-27 season. After six wins in his first season, the Greyhounds recorded a 15-13 record last season. This year, Loyola is 16-11 and 11-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, currently in a three-way tie for second place. The 16 wins guarantees back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 20 years and the 11 MAAC victories is a school-record. The Greyhounds have also secured a bye into the quarterfinals at the MAAC Championship for the first time since 1998.
An assistant at the University of Maryland under head coach Gary Williams, Patsos was a member of the Terrapins staff as it made consecutive trips to the Final Four, winning the national title in 2002. The 1989 Catholic graduate spent 13 seasons at Maryland, reaching 13 straight NCAA Tournaments.
Loyola enters the final weekend of the season in a tie for second place in the conference standings at 11-5. The Greyhounds make the annual trip to Western New York, visiting Niagara Friday and Canisius Sunday.
The complete list of nominees: Brad Brownell, Wright State; Dick Davey, Santa Clara; Howie Dickenman, Central Connecticut State; Houston Fancher, Appalachian State; Anthony Grant, Virginia Commonwealth; Orlando Early, Louisiana-Monroe; Todd Lickliter, Butler; Mike Lonergan, Vermont; Chris Lowery, Southern Illinois; Gregg Marshall, Winthrop; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Jimmy Patsos, Loyola (MD); Randy Rahe, Weber State; Blaine Taylor, Old Dominion; Cliff Warren, Jacksonville.