This release is courtesy of Babson Sports Information.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— After leading Babson College to its first national championship with a one-point win on Saturday night, Babson College head coach Stephen Brennan was selected as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Coach of the Year on Wednesday afternoon while senior Joey Flannery was tabbed the Division III Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
In addition to his NABC honors, Brennan was also selected as the national coach of the year by SmallCollegeHoops.com DIII News and the Basketball Times. He will receive his award at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 2, at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
"It's an honor to be selected as the NABC Division III Coach of the Year," said Brennan. "We have been working towards the national championship for the past four years, and all of our coaches and players, strength and conditioning, and athletic training staff have worked tirelessly to build a team-first and positive, hard-working culture that made this opportunity possible."
Brennan, who was tabbed as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season earlier this month, guided the Beavers to a school-record 31 wins during the 2016-17 campaign. After reaching the Division III Final Four for the second time in three years, Babson rallied from a 25-point deficit to defeat previously unbeaten Whitman, 91-85, in the national semifinals last Friday, and then edged Augustana, 79-78, to capture the school's first national title in any sport since 1984 on Saturday.
A nine-time conference coach of the year, Brennan has been selected as the NABC Northeast District Coach of the Year in two of the last three seasons. He has guided the Beavers to eight 20-win seasons and seven NCAA Tournament appearances during his 22-year career, which includes two Final Four berths and a spot in the Sweet 16 since 2015.
"I know I speak for everyone at Babson in congratulating Stephen for this tremendous honor," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Mike Lynch. "He embodies everything a college coach should be about, he cares deeply for his players, works tremendously hard for their well-being, and he's all about team. I couldn't be happier for him and for our program."
The winningest coach in program history, Brennan owns a career record of 370-236 and has guided the Green and White to unprecedented success over the last four years. In addition to earning four straight NCAA Tournament berths, the Beavers have won three straight NEWMAC regular season titles and two conference tournament championships while compiling 103 victories.
Joey Flannery, NABC Division IIII Player of the Year
After leading Babson College to a school-record 31 wins and the program's first national title, senior Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) was selected as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Player of the Year for the second consecutive season on Wednesday afternoon.
Just the fourth two-time winner since the award's inception in 1983, Flannery will be honored at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 2, at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix at 9:30 p.m. EDT. In addition to his NABC recognition, he was also selected as the Division III Player of the Year by both the SmallCollegeHoops.com DIII News and the Basketball Times.
"Joey earning his second consecutive player of the year award is a tremendous achievement," said Brennan. "I have never coached a more dedicated person, nor one who could embrace the moment and deliver the critical play to win a game. He has been a transformational player for our program and there is no one more deserving of this recognition."
Flannery, who will go down as one of the top players in Division III history, averaged 23.4 points and career highs of 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 84.4 percent at the free throw line. He also led the Beavers with 40 steals and 24 blocked shots, while saving the final one to deny a potential game-winning shot to preserve a 79-78 victory over Augustana (Ill.) in Saturday's national championship game.
Flannery scored 167 of his school record 750 points in six NCAA Tournament in March, and ranks eighth in Division III history with 2,620 career points. In addition to setting the school scoring record, he also graduates with program marks in made field goals (863) and made free throws (689), and ranks third all-time in three-point field goals (205), sixth in blocked shots (63), seventh in rebounds (779) and assists (296), and 12th in steals (151).
"It's a great honor to be selected as the NABC Player of the Year for a second time," said Flannery. "I would not have been able to enjoy this success without without my teammates and coaches, who have dedicated themselves to making our program special."
The only player to win New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year awards, Flannery started 119 career games and averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. A three-time D3hoops.com and NABC All-America first-team selection, he was also tabbed as the 2017 player of the year by D3hoops.com prior to the national title game.