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Posts Tagged ‘Southland Conference.’

UT Arlington’s Butler named Southland Conference Top Newcomer of the Year

 

Kevin Butler (courtesy of UT Arlington athletics)

The Southland Conference awarded its 2011-12 Newcomer of the Year award to UT Arlington junior forward Kevin Butler.

In his first season after transferring from TCU, the junior forward from Duncanville, Texas, averaged 11.2 points per game to rank third for the Mavericks and his 5.6 rebounds per game to rank second on the team.

Butler scored in double figures 19 times and has four double-digit rebounding games.

His career-high in rebounds was 16 at Central Arkansas.

His career-high was 21 against Texas Pan-American.

Butler is the second player from UT Arlington to be selected as the league’s newcomer of the year, following last year’s winner Bo Ingram.

 

Info compiled from the Southland Conference & UT Arlington news

UT Arlington’s Cross named Southland Conference Coach of the Year

 

Scott Cross (courtesy of UT Arlington athletics)

UT Arlington head basketball coach Scott Cross was voted the 2011-12 Southland Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Mavericks to their second overall and first outright regular-season championship in the league.

He is the second Mavericks coach to win the award, joining Bob LeGrand, who was honored in 1981.

The Mavericks ended the season at 23-7 overall, 15-1 in the Southland, just missing a chance at becoming the first team in the league to go undefeated in the 16-game round-robin schedule. They won 19 of their last 21 games, including 16 games in a row.

Their only league loss was to arch-rival UT San Antonio, 97-88.

Cross, who guided the Mavericks to their first NCAA tournament bid by winning the Southland Conference tournament in 2008, has a record of 102-80 in six seasons at the Dallas area school.

 

Info compiled from UT Arlington & Southland Conference news

 

Nicholls State forward Lewis named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year

 

Trevon Lewis (photo by Misty McElroy, courtesy Nicholls State athletics communications)

Nicholls State Colonels forward Trevon Lewis was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year after leading the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game.

That total was the best among conference freshman and ranked 10th overall in the Southland.

He was ranked eighth overall in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 50.4 percent of his shots from the floor. In league play, the Houma, Louisiana native was fourth in field goal accuracy, shooting 55.4 percent.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward had four double-doubles to his resume this season in games against Auburn, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Arlington and Texas State.

Lewis finished the season with three 20-point games, including a season-high 25 points in a victory over Louisiana-Monroe in December.

Lewis is the fourth Nicholls basketball player to earn freshman of the year honors and the first since Fred Hunter in 2009.

 

Info compiled from Nicholls State & Southland Conference news

McNeese State’s Richard named Southland Conference Player of the Year

 

Patrick Richard (courtesy of McNeese State athletics)

McNeese State senior Patrick Richard is the 2011-2012 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

A native of Carencro, Louisiana, has scored over 1,563 career points which ranks him 12th on the school’s all-time list.

Richard also has 178 career assists which is 10th best in school history.

The 6’4, 208-pound swingman leads the conference in scoring with 18.2 points per game overall and finished second in the league with 19.1 points per game during the Southland Conference games.

His 36.1 minutes per game in all games and 37.4 during league play were the most in the conference this season.

Richard also ranked among the Southland’s top 10 this year in four other categories, including free-throw percentage (sixth, .783), defensive rebounds (eighth, 4.4), assist-to-turnover ratio (ninth, 1.3) and assists (10th, 3.0).

Richard is the eighth McNeese State player to be selected as the Southland player of the year and the first since Demond Mallett in 2001. He was McNeese’s athlete of the year last year after helping the Cowboys to the conference regular-season championship and a bid to the NIT.

The defending two time team MVP the past two years, Richard has already earned a degree in mass communication and is working on a master’s degree.

 

Info compiled from the Southland Conference & McNeese State news

Meyer names Tom Herman as offensive coordinator/QB’s coach

Tom Herman (photo courtesy of OSU athletics)

Tom Herman, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University the past three years, and before that the same position for record-setting offenses at Rice University, has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State by new head coach Urban Meyer.

Herman’s 2011 Iowa State offense, which he will coach on December 30 in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers at Yankee Stadium, averages 181.2 rushing yards and 211.7 passing yards per game. The Cyclones put up 44 points in a triple-overtime win over Iowa and accumulated 37 in a double-overtime upset of then-undefeated and then-#2 Oklahoma State.

“To work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me,” Herman said. “i am really looking forward to working with him and learning his offensive systems. And to be able to coach with him at The Ohio State University is simply a dream come true.”

Herman was born in Cincinnati and still has family there, although he was raised in Simi Valley, California. He played collegiately at California Lutheran, graduating in 1997 with a degree in business administration. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas.

Herman has 11 years of experience as a college coach, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, and 13 when his two seasons, 1999-2000, as a graduate assistant at Texas are included. He coached four years at Sam Houston State (2001-04), serving as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. He also spent two years at Texas State (2005-06) and two years at Rice (2007-08) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

While his Texas State offenses led the Southland Conference in total offense each season, his stint at Rice was really notable. His offenses broke over 40 school records and in his second season the Owls won 10 games and went to a bowl for the first time since 1954.

Furthermore, Rice ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 2008 in passing offense (5th; 327.8), scoring offense (T8th; 41.6) and total offense (10th; 472.3). Two Rice receivers had more than 1,300 yards receiving that year, tight end James Casey had 111 catches and quarterback Chase Clement was the Conference USA MVP.

Herman and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Priya, and a son, Maddock.

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

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