KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Western Illinios head men's basketball coach Jim Molinari has been named a 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District coach for District 12.
The honor, which is selected by other college basketball coaches, is the second of coach Molinari's career. Molinari earned All-District coaching honors for District 11 while at Northern Illinois in 1991. No other Western Illinois coach has earned the honor.
Western Illinois has its best season in the program's NCAA Division I history in 2012-13. The Leathernecks earned 22 wins, which is the most-ever earned during Western Division I history, a share of the program's first-ever true Summit League regular season championship, started the season 14-3, the program's best-ever start to a season during Division I era, and put together the program's longest win streak in 11 games.
The Leathernecks capped off their historic season by making their second consecutive appearance in the College Basketball Invitational. The two postseason appearances are Western's only during its 30 years as a Division I program.
2013 NABC DIVISION I ALL-DISTRICT COACHES
District 1: Joe Mihalich, Niagara
District 2: Jim Larranaga, Miami
District 3: Chris Holtmann, Gardner-Webb
District 4: Jim Crews, St. Louis
District 5: John Thompson III, Georgetown
District 6: Michael White, Louisiana Tech
District 7: Tom Crean, Indiana
District 8: Bruce Weber, Kansas State
District 9: Mark Few, Gonzaga
Co-District 10: Matt Brady, James Madison
Co-District 10: Bill Coen, Northeastern
District 11: Donnie Tyndall, Southern Mississippi
District 12: Jim Molinari, Western Illinois
Co-District 13: Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Co-District 13: Dave Paulsen, Bucknell
District 14: Jim Christian, Ohio
District 15: Cy Alexander, North Carolina A&T
Co-District 16: Greg McDermott, Creighton
Co-District 16: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
District 17: Steve Alford, New Mexico
District 18: Tim O’Shea, Bryant
District 19: Jeff Neubauer, Eastern Kentucky
District 20: Dana Altman, Oregon
District 21: Billy Donovan, Florida
District 22: Bob McKillop, Davidson
District 23: Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin
District 24: Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee State
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.