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APRIL 5, 2013


ATLANTA, GA -- LIU-Brooklyn's Jack Perri is the recipient of the 2013 Joe B. Hall award, which is presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball.

"Jack lost his best player early in the season and still managed to go on to win the NEC Tournament Championhsip," said CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. "He did a great job of bringing this team from disapointment to a championship level."

The award is named in the honor of Joe B. Hall who was given the task of following the legendary Adolph Rupp. In his first season at the University of Kentucky, Hall finished 20-8, won the SEC and advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals.

From 1972 to 1985 Hall would win two-thirds of his games (297-100), receive four SEC Coach of the Year honors and win a National Championship (1978). Along with the 1978 title, Hall also guided Kentucky to a runner-up finish to UCLA in the 1975 NCAA tournament, a Final Four appearance in the 1984 NCAA Tournament and an NIT championship in 1976. He won 8 Southeastern Conference regular season championships and one Southeastern Conference tournament championship (1984).

Hall is one of only three men to win an NCAA championship as a player (1949- Kentucky) and coach (1978- Kentucky). The only others to achieve this feat are Bob Knight and Dean Smith.

2013 Joe B. Hall Award Finalists

Kevin Baggett Rider
Jamion Christian Mount St. Mary's
Mike Martin Brown
Bashir Mason Wagner
Dan Muller Illinois State
Kevin Ollie Connecticut
Jack Perri LIU-Brooklyn
Richard Pitino FIU
Nick Robinson Southern Utah
Travis Williams Tennessee State


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