Duquesne's Everhart is NABC District 4 coach of the year

| Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Duquesne University's Ron Everhart has been selected District 4 men's basketball coach of the year by his peers in the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Everhart, who guided the Dukes to a 19-13 record and a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season standings, is the first Duquesne coach to be honored by the NABC since Red Manning was named District 3 coach of the year in 1972.

District 4 consists of the 14 schools that make up the A-10. Also, former Pitt star Sean Miller was named District 20 coach of the year at Arizona after leading the Wildcats into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in just his second year at the Pac-10 school.

Duquesne, picked to finish eighth in the A-10 in a preseason poll of league coaches and media, began its league schedule with an 8-0 record and finished at 10-6 with a first-round bye in the A-10 tournament.

The Dukes, who started an all-freshman backcourt, are likely to lead Division I in assists (17.8 average), steals (9.9) and turnover margin (+6.7) when the final NCAA statistics are released following the conclusion of the Final Four.

Everhart, who took over a Duquesne program that was coming off a 3-24 record with an Ratings Percentage Index of 308 in 2005-06, has led the Dukes to three consecutive postseason appearances since 1971 -- two in the College Basketball Invitational and one in the National Invitation Tournament.

In five seasons at Duquesne, Everhart's teams have averaged 16.6 victories and have produced four consecutive non-losing records for the first time since 1973. Everhart and Manning, who went 247-138 (.642) in 16 seasons at Duquesne, are the only two Dukes coaches to be honored by the NABC.

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