April 2, 2013
Clark honored as coach of the year; Morse named to All-America team
Men's basketball head coach Derrick Clark, who guided his team to the national championship game on Sunday, was named Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year on Monday, and senior center Jonathan Morse was named to the All-America second team.
Clark also was named a finalist for the John McLendon National Coach of the Year award. The McLendon award is presented annually to the top collegiate head coach out of all the NCAA divisions (I, II and II), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the junior college level.
Clark is the third MSU Denver coach to earn national coach of the year honors, joining Mike Dunlap, now head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, and Bob Hull. Dunlap won the award at MSU Denver in 2002 from Division II Bulletin. He also earned it from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2000 and 2002. Hull earned the Basketball Times award in 1990, and Dunlap won it in 2004.
"All college basketball coaches are to be commended for their tireless devotion and sacrifices this season,” said Jim Peterson, president of Schelde North America, a leading basketball goal and equipment manufacturer. “Reaching the national championship game takes an outstanding effort from the first day of practice to the final buzzer. Schelde North America is honored to partner with Division II Bulletin to recognize Derrick Clark and all the coaches in Division II college basketball."
Morse was named RMAC player of the year this season and currently averages 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocked shots and 1.3 steals, while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
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