Mar 26, 2018
Courtesy of NABC Communications
KANSAS CITY - After leading his Ferris State University Bulldogs to the NCAA® Division II championship, the National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Andy Bronkema as the 2018 NABC Division II Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs tipped Northern State University, 71-69, in the national championship game on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ferris State finished the season with a program record 38-1 won-lost record and lost its last game on Dec. 16.
Bronkema has guided Ferris State to four consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles and four NCAA tournament appearances. Over five seasons under Bronkema, the Bulldogs have a 123-41 won-lost record, a winning percentage of .750. Ferris State also had the NABC Division II Player of the Year, junior center Zach Hankins.
Bronkema will receive his award on Sunday, April 1, at the annual NABC Guardians of the Game awards show in San Antonio, Texas. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lila Cockrell Theater in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during the NABC Convention and NCAA Men's Final Four®.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook Live stream will be accessible on the official NABC Page.
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.com.