Coach Collins nominated for Hugh Durham Award

PRINCESS ANNE — Bobby Collins, head coach of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team, has been named a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award by CollegeInsider.com. With the best season for UMES in 41 years, Collins has received a nomination for the top mid-major coach in the nation. The recipient of the 2015 award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

Collins is among the 16 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award, presented annually to the nation’s top coach at a mid-major school in Division I men’s basketball. Collins is also among the finalists for the Ben Jobe Award, given out to the nation’s top minority coach. The Southern Pines, N.C. native already received the MEAC Coach of the Year, voted by his peers in the conference.

Under Collins’ direction, the Hawks enjoyed unprecedented success for a first-year head coach. UMES finished with an 18-15 record, their most victories in a single year since 1973-74 season. Taking third place in the MEAC at 11-5, the Hawks put together their best finish in the league in 21 years. Despite an early exit in the conference tournament, UMES still garnered a postseason berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The CIT appearance was the first postseason appearance for the school since 1981 NAIA Districts, and the first against NCAA competition since the 1974 NIT.

Myers, Andino honored as top UMES players

PRINCESS ANNE — Two players for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team earned weekly awards for their efforts in road wins over St. Bonaventure and Duquesne. Senior forward Mike Myers was named Player of the Week by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, as well as receiving the Lou Henson National Player of the Week Award from CollegeInsider.com. Meanwhile, the MEAC also awarded Rookie of the Week honors to Hawks freshman guard Ryan Andino.
Myers, a senior from Camden, N.J., is the second Hawk to earn MEAC Player of the Week honors this season, along with junior Devin Martin. In addition to the conference award, CollegeInsider.com named Myers as this week’s recipient of the Lou Henson National Player of the Week Award, presented weekly to the top mid-major player in NCAA Division I. Myers is the first winner of the Lou Henson Award from the MEAC this year.
Myers turned in two phenomenal performances for the week of December 22 to 28, leading the Hawks to two impressive road wins over Atlantic 10 foes, St. Bonaventure and Duquesne. Against the Bonnies, Myers led the team with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, despite fouling out with four minutes to play.