Skip Bertman Award finalists announced
Ten coaches from various levels in running for Coach of the Year
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced finalists for the 2016 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate coach from any level of college baseball.
The award finalists and winner are selected by a national committee of active and retired coaches from all levels of college baseball.
"The coaches on this list have either won a national championship, or are in the running, so they've all had great years," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "Any of them would make worthy recipients."
Among the 10 finalists for the 2016 award are four Division I coaches who will lead their team into the College World Series this weekend, including two for the first time -- Andrew Checketts from UC-Santa Barbara and Gary Gilmore from Coastal Carolina -- as well as Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan and 2014 Bertman Award winner Tim Tadlock from Texas Tech.
The other finalists include coaches of six championship teams: Greg Brown from Nova Southeastern (Florida) University (NCAA Division II), Tim Scannell from Trinity (Texas) University (NCAA Division III), Jeremiah Robbins from Lewis-Clark (Idaho) State College (NAIA), Ryan Cougill from Yavapai (Arizona) College (NJCAA Division I), Chris Kirtland from Jones County (Mississippi) Junior College (NJCAA Division II) and Doug Wren from Tyler (Texas) Junior College (NJCAA Division III).
The award recognizes coaches at every level of college baseball. Paul Mainieri from LSU won the award last year, and Mike Dickson from NJCAA Division III Gloucester County College earned the award in 2013.
Bertman coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.
The award, sponsored by Easton Sports, will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions ceremony on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas. The Night of Champions event also features the announcement of the winners of the National Pitcher of the Year Award, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award as well as the 2016 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. The winners of the Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy also will be recognized.