Dude, I gotta go with the Whitworth guys on this one. You do not put your best foot forward in an argument concerning D3 men's basketball when you bring D1 comparisons into it.
The argument is not D1 vs D3, it's those that strive for excellence vs. those that don't. You're telling me a school like Gonzaga (in the same city!) can compete with the best and the biggest schools in the country yet WW can't compete on a D3 level?! You've all lost your minds. The problem with Whitworth is that they follow the same safe system every year, which is only good enough to win the conference, not national level, and they're...oh how did Pinceone put it, "fine with that." (I know this is going to disappoint, but I'm all talked out on this one)If a team was picked to finish last in the league by the coaches, and then turns around and makes the biggest jump of every team, does he not deserve to get votes for coach of the year blackhawks? Everyone was saying they were going to be the worst team, but became the 4th best team in the league, why not reward a guy for his improved team?
He should have been picked to finish last. His team won 1 game last year. But he's been at Willamette for 6 years. He didn't inherit this team. He recruited this team. He made this current hoops program. He's made his own bed. Now he wins 8 games and finishes 4th and he's coach of the year? Come'on.
No, he took a really bad team and maximized their talent to win. Good on him for doing more with less.