INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Florida Southern ninth-year head coach Linc Darner hauled in another National Coach of the Year honor on Tuesday afternoon as he was tabbed the 2015 NABC UPS Division II National Coach of the Year.
It is the second consecutive National Coach of the Year honor Darner has won in the past two days as he was tabbed the 2015 Schelde Sports/Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year on Monday and was also named the Division II Coach of the Year by Basketball Times on March 23.
Darner is the second Moccasin coach to earn NABC Division II National Coach of the Year honors as Hal Wissel was selected in 1980 after leading the Moccasins to a 24-8 overall record and national third-place finish in the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Along with earning National Coach of the Year honors from the NABC, Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times, Darner was also named the NABC South Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and took home his third straight and sixth overall Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honor.
Darner, who just completed his ninth season at the helm of the Moccasin program, earns the NABC UPS Division II Coach of the Year accolade after leading the Mocs to a school record 36 wins and the 2015 Division II National Championship following its 77-62 win over Indiana (Pa.) in this past Saturday's championship game in Evansville, Ind. His 2014-15 Moccasin squad closed out the season winning a school record 25 consecutive games and finished with the year a 36-1 record. The national championship was the second one in school history for the Mocs and the first since the 1981 team took home the championship trophy.
In addition to winning 36 games and the Division II National Championship, Darner, who is 218-72 with the Mocs and has a career coaching record of 292-117 in his 13th season as a collegiate coach, led Florida Southern to a school record 15 wins (15-1 overall record) in SSC play as they won their third straight SSC regular season title and also took home their fourth consecutive SSC Tournament Championship. The Mocs finished the year with the No. 1 ranking in the NABC/Division II Coaches' Poll.
Along with Darner, other NABC UPS National Coaches of the Year for 2015 are Kentucky's John Calipari in Division I, Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Bob Semling in Division III, Campbellsville's Keith Adkins in NAIA Division I and Cornerstone's Kim Elders in NAIA Division II.
Like Darner, Semling, Adkins and Elders all led their respective schools to national championships this season, while Calipari and his 38-0 Kentucky Wildcats will face Wisconsin in Saturday's Division I Final Four national semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Wildcats are two wins shy of becoming the first team to finish unbeaten in a season since Indiana's 1975-76 national championship squad.
All of five of these honored coaches along with the National Players of the Year in both the NCAA (all three levels) and NAIA (both levels) will receive their awards this coming Sunday at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show and Reception, which will be held at the Murat Theater at the Old National Center in Indianapolis beginning at 6 p.m. The Guardians of the Game Awards Show and Reception is held in conjunction with the NABC's annual coaches convention every year at the Division I Final Four.
Click here for the NABC's complete 2015 UPS Coaches of the Year release