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Furman’s Richey Named Finalist For Hugh Durham Award

Alex Hunter and Bob Richey
Alex Hunter and Bob Richey

Greenville, S.C. – Furman head coach Bob Richey has been named as a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, presented annually to the nation's top mid-major men's basketball coach.

Richey, in his second season at the helm of the Furman program, has led the Paladins to a school-record 25 wins, including road victories over Big East regular season champion and defending national champion Villanova and Missouri Valley Conference regular season champion and 2018 NCAA Final Four participant Loyola Chicago. The Paladins are firmly on the bubble heading into this weekend's NCAA Tournament selection show and sport a No. 41 ranking in the latest NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET).

The 35-year-old Richey is 48-18 as head coach at Furman and his .727 winning percentage ranks 11th best among active NCAA Division I coaches (minimum 50 games). Richey helped Furman to a 23-10 mark and school record 22 regular season wins in 2017-18 before his 2018-19 squad rewrote the Paladin record book with a 25-7 mark, including a 13-5 league record and school-record tying 12 road wins.

The recipient of the 2019 Hugh Durham award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, Minn., site of the 2019 NCAA Division I basketball championship.

In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Hugh Durham became the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (pct. or wins) at three different Division I schools.

 

2019 HUGH DURHAM AWARD FINALISTS

John Becker, Vermont

Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's

Rick Byrd, Belmont

Bill Coen, Northeastern

Tim Cluess, Iona

Darian DeVries, Drake

Steve Forbes, ETSU

Joe Golding, Abilene Christian

Jason Hooten, Sam Houston State

Mike Huger, Bowling Green

Chris Jans, New Mexico State

Robert Jones, Norfolk State

Danny Kaspar, Texas State

Dustin Kerns, Presbyterian

Ritchie McKay, Liberty

Matt McMahon, Murray State

Joe Mihalich, Hofstra

Wes Miller, UNC Greensboro

Nate Oats, Buffalo

Chris Ogden, UT Arlington

Mark Pope, Utah Valley

Bob Richey, Furman

Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M

Russell Turner, UC Irvine

Mike Young, Wofford

 


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information