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Steve Hawkins Named MAC Coach of the Year

by Colin Windecker

Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – The Mid-American Conference announced today that Western Michigan head men’s basketball coach Steve Hawkins has been named 201-3-14 MAC Coach of the year, after receiving 16 of 25 votes from the media.

In his 11th season as head coach at Western Michigan, Hawkins led the Broncos to a 21-9 overall record and the sixth MAC regular season championship in program history, as well as the top seed in the 2014 MAC Tournament.  Hawkins becomes the third coach in program history to be named MAC Coach of the Year, joining Eldon Miller (1976) and Bob Donewald (1992).

During his tenure, Hawkins has led the Broncos to 20+ wins six times, won seven MAC West Titles, and his .617 winning percentage in MAC games ranks seventh in conference history. Earlier this season, Hawkins notched his 200th wins as head coach of the Broncos, making him one of just eight coaches in MAC history to surpass 200 wins, and also recorded his 100th career MAC win against Toledo on Jan. 8th.

In addition to naming the coach of the year, the MAC also announced its player of the year. Buffalo’s Javon McCrea took home the honors, but Western Michigan senior’s David Brown and Shayne Whittington came in the second and third, respectively. McCrea received 20 votes, while Brown received four votes and Whittington received just a single vote. Brown and Whittington were also both named to the MAC All-First Team earlier this week.