THE JOE B. HALL AWARD

2018 Joe B. Hall Award

April 2, 2018

THE 2018 HALL AWARD

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Bethune-Cookman’s Ryan Ridder is the recipient of the 2018 Joe B. Hall Award, which is presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball.
 
Picked to finish ninth in the thirteen team MEAC, Ridder led the Wildcats to the second most overall wins in school history. The team finished 12-4 in the MEAC and earned a share of the regular-season league title. 
 
“This was the perfect hire for Bethune-Cookman,” said CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento. “Ryan's teams enjoyed a lot of success on the court and in the classroom at Daytona State. He knows the area and he is a proven winner.”
 
The Wildcats finished 18-13 overall and posted eight road wins, which was the most in the program’s history. The 18 wins are tied for the most by a first-year coach at Bethune-Cookman.
 
This season the Wildcats broke numerous school records and featured the MEAC Player of the Year, Brandon Tabb, and Defensive Player of the Year, Soufiyane Diakite, increased BCU's RPI rating by over 60 points, and while being hired on Mar. 21, 2017, maintained a 1000 APR to finish 2016-2017 academic year while signing 6 new student-athletes for 2017-18.
 
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.
 

2018 JOE B. HALL AWARD FINALISTS

Pat Baldwin, Milwaukee
Mike Boynton, Oklahoma State
Mike Hopkins, Washington
Donte’ Jackson, Grambling
Shantay Legans, Eastern Washington
Jack Owens, Miami 
David Padgett, Louisville
Barret Peery, Portland State
Bob Richey, Furman
Ryan Ridder, Bethune-Cookman
 
 

The Joe B. Hall award is presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball. 
 
A longtime Kentucky assistant, Joe B. Hall was given the task of following the legendary Adolph Rupp at the school. In his first season, Hall finished 20-8, won the SEC and advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals.
 
Hall coached the Wildcats from 1972 to 1985. He won two-thirds of his games (297-100), received four SEC Coach of the Year honors and won a National Championship in 1978. He also steered the program to two other Final Fours, won eight Southeastern Conference regular season championships and one Southeastern Conference tournament championship (1984). 
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.

The Joe B. Hall award committee is a 15 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Kentucky All-American Kyle Macy is the chairman of the awards committee.

RULES AND CRITERIA

The Joe B. Hall award is presented annually to first-year head coach in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee. Eligible coaches must be in the first season as a head at the division I level.

SCHEDULE OF RELEASES

March 30: Finalists announced
April2: Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year announced

AWARD PRESENTATION

The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.

The recipient of the 2018 Joe B. Hall award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

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