HARRISONBURG, Va., Apr. 3, 2013 – Following James Madison’s first Colonial Athletic Association championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years, head coach Matt Brady was selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as District 10 Co-Coach of the Year.
The NABC honors were selected by member coaches in District 10, which includes the 11 members of the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2012-13 season. Brady shared the honor with Bill Coen, who led Northeastern to the regular season title in the CAA.
JMU’s CAA title and NCAA appearance were each the first for the school since 1994. The Dukes had not reached the semifinals of the CAA Tournament since 2001 before advancing past William and Mary 72-67 this year and then defeating Delaware 58-57 on March 10 to reach the championship. Madison had not advanced to the title game since 1997 but went on to defeat Northeastern 70-57 in one of its best performances of the season. The title earned a spot for the Dukes receiving votes on CollegeInsider.com’s Mid-Major Coaches Poll. JMU finished the season winning 12 of its final 17 games.
In addition to the first NCAA appearance in 19 years, JMU went on to defeat LIU Brooklyn in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio to clinch the program’s first NCAA postseason win since 1983. The win gave JMU 21 wins before ultimately finishing at 21-15, tied for the second-most wins in program history. It was Brady’s third 21-win season in five years at Madison, giving him three of the top seven win totals in program history. That followed eight consecutive losing seasons for the Dukes.
A noticeable improvement in defense factored into JMU’s championship run. The 64.6 points allowed per game ranked as the program’s best defensive scoring average since 1984-85, predating the invention of the three-point arc. The Dukes ranked second in the CAA for defensive scoring overall and first during the 18-game league schedule (60.8 points/game). JMU had not ranked higher than eighth in the league in either category in over eight years.
The 36 games played matched a program record set by Brady’s first team in 2008-09 that reached the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The team’s 11.1 turnovers per game set a program record for fewest by a margin of 1.3 per game. The also set records with 272 steals and 166 blocks with 107 of the swats coming from guards, 47 by Andre Nation (Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian), who set a JMU freshman record in both blocks and steals (52) and was a CAA All-Rookie honoree.
JMU was led to the CAA title by a trio of seniors, highlighted by Tournament MVP A.J. Davis (Columbus, Ohio/Harmony Community), who averaged 20 points per game over the final 12 games of the season. Forward Rayshawn Goins (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) and point guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) were each All-CAA selections. Under the tutelage of Brady, a former point guard at Siena, Moore shattered the school record for assists with 502 in his career.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.