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VCU coach Smart wins BCA coaching award


(courtesy of BCA via wikipedia commons)

Virginia Commonwealth University head basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the Fritz Pollard male coach of the year award from the Black Coaches and Administrators after leading his Rams team to their first Final four appearance this past season.

Coquese Washington, the women’s head basketball coach at Penn State, who rebuilt a struggling program, was the winner of the women’s award.

Dan Guerrero, the athletic director of UCLA, was selected as the Myles Brand Award as the nation’s top administrator. Guerrero has served as the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee chairman.


Info courtesy of the Black Coaches & Administrators organization, Radio & TV news

Virginia Commonwealth hangs onto Coach Smart


Shaka Smart has shown that he is one of the hottest, coveted young coaches in college basketball. But his name did not start to circulate until VCU’s recent run through the NCAA Torunament ended in the Final Four. His name came up when several schools were looking for a basketball coach. But he’s staying put in Richmond, Virginia.

Shaka Smart (courtesy of VCU athletics)

Virginia Commonwealth University is pleased to be keeping Smart. The school says that he has agreed to a new eight-year contract.

Smart, in his second-year after replacing Anthony Grant, who left for the Alabama job, led the Rams to the “First Four” Games in the NCAA Tournament to upsets of powerhouse programs including Georgetown, Purdue and Kansas to reach the Final Four.

VCU became only the third number 11 seeded team to advance that far in the tournament, losing to Butler 70-62 in the national semifinal on Saturday.

Smart has a record of 55-21 at VCU and will celebrate his 34th birthday on Friday, April 8.

Painter stays at Purdue, gets new contract


Matt Painter (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

Matt Painter interviewed for the basketball coaching vacancy at Missouri. But in the end, he decided to stay at his alma mater, Purdue University.

His reward, an eight-year contract that runs through the 2018-2019 season.

Last year, Purdue rewarded the 40-year-old Painter with a contract through the 2016-17 season. It included a base salary of $1.3 million and up to $1 million in incentives.

Terms of the new contract have not been disclosed.

Painter has been very successful at his alma mater. He has been selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times and led the Boilermakers to Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2010. Purdue (26-8) made it to the third round of this year’s NCAA Tournament but was eliminated by Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth University.


NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio; VCU shows CAA belongs by beating USC game coverage

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Jamie Skeen (courtesy of VCU athletics)

Virginia Commonwealth University is a member of the NCAA Mid-major conference, Colonial Athletic Association.

The CAA is often disrepected by the national media, but it is a solid conference with VCU, Old Dominion, Northeastern, George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.

The 11th-seeded team Rams used a suffocating defense to corral the taller and stronger USC Trojans in winning 59-46. The Rams up their record to 24-11.

Jamie Skeen scored 16 points to lead VCU into a showdown against sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10) on Friday in Chicago.

Jio Fontan scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic 11 for USC (19-15), which managed only one field goal over the final 9 minutes of the game.

The Rams shut down Vucevic, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer, was double and triple-teammed and never got into a rhythm.

The halftime score was 22-22.

In the 2nd half, the Rams found their shooting shoes to go up 34-27. USC came back  to 44-43 but VCU pulled away never to give up the lead ever again.

Shaka Smart, the VCU coach was making a return to UD Arena. He used to be on the staff of the Dayton Flyers under Oliver Purnell as the head of basketball operations in the last decade.


46 553 Bradford Burgess VCU How hungry was the team going after loose balls, steals

46 555 Jamie Skeen VCU Getting an first NCAA win as a senior

46 556 Joey Rodriguez VCU On Colonial Athletic Association being disrrespected

46 557 Shaka Smart VCU coach Was he happy the game was 59-46

46 559 Shaka Smart VCU coach On game by Gahanna product Rob Brandenberg

46 562 Shaka Smart VCU coach Team handling NCAA exposure well, 1st win

46 565 Shaka Smart The First Four Games has been criticized his thoughts

46 566 Shaka Smart VCU coach He used to work for the Dayton Flyers, likes UD Arena atmosphere


46 539 Kevin O’Neill USC coach On loss, making NCAA, His Seniors

46 540 Nikola Vucevic Could not run offense thru him like planned

46 541 Nikola Vucevic USC This style of VCU is tough trying to stop 3′s and in foul trouble

46 542 Jio Fontan USC Why they lost, frustrations and emotions

46 545 Kevin O’Neill USC Did VCU want it more, was it their experience in NCAA before

46 547 Kevin O’Neill USC Did the lack of depth catch up with you tonight

46 548 Kevin O’Neill Stressing Tempo all year but couldn’t against VCU

Wright State selects Morehead State’s Bradbury to coach women’s basketball

Courtesy of Wright State Athletics

Michael Bradbury (WSU photo)

Michael Bradbury, head women’s basketball coach at Morehead State University, was named as the sixth head women’s basketball coach at Wright State last week.

Bradbury, who led the Eagles to a 50-44 record over the last three seasons, posted a 22-11 slate this past season, including a bid to the post season Women’s Basketball Invitational. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Xavier and Cincinnati.

Bradbury was an integral part in signing the nation’s top-ranked player at Xavier in 2006-07. While at Cincinnati, he helped sign three top 25 classes. In each of his last ten seasons as an assistant coach, his teams qualified for postseason play. In all, 12 of the 17 teams he has been involved with have made postseason appearances, and nearly every team has posted a .500 record or better.

He spent five seasons at Xavier, and all five resulted in postseason appearances, including two NCAA tournament berths. In his first season at Xavier, in 2002-03, the Musketeers went 20-10 overall and advanced the NCAA Tournament first round after posting a 12-19 record the season before. In 2006-07, Bradbury helped lead XU to a 26-8 record and another NCAA Tournament berth. In between, his teams made three consecutive WNIT appearances, including a quarterfinal game in2004-05. In his five seasons, Xavier was 106-50 (.679 winning percentage).

Prior to his time at Xavier, Bradbury was a top assistant coach and the primary recruiter for crosstown school Cincinnati for six years, where he helped the Bearcats to two NCAA Tournament berths and a 127-57 record (.690 winning percentage). His Cincinnati career culminated in the 2001-02 squad going 27-5 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round. He also helped guide the 1998-99 team to a 22-9 record and a first-round game. Bradbury’s time at UC resulted in three WNIT appearances as well.

Bradbury went to Cincinnati after one season at Virginia Commonwealth University and one East Tennessee State. At ETSU, his 1995 team took sixth place in the WNIT and compiled a 21-9 record. His coaching career began at Chattanooga, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in recreation. He spent the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons as a student assistant coach before his first full-time assistant coaching assignment came in 1993-94. The 1991-92 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga team also advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round.