Forbes nabs two Coach of the Year honors

East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes waves the net in the air after cutting it from the rim to celebrate his team's over Wofford for the NCAA men's college basketball championship for the Southern Conference tournament, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

BOSTON, Ma. — The awards keep rolling in for ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes.

After earning NABC District Coach of the Year earlier on Monday, Forbes received Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year honors, which was announced by CollegeInsider.com. The award is given annually to the top mid-major coach in Division I basketball.

“It’s an absolute honor and a privilege to be named the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year,” said Forbes. “This award is a reflection of all the hard work my players and staff put in during our magical season. We share this award together.”

This past season, Forbes saw the Buccaneers finish with an overall record of 30-4 and a 16-2 mark in Southern Conference play. The 30 wins set a new ETSU single-season record, while the Bucs became just the fourth team in SoCon history to reach the mark. The Bucs’ .882-win percentage was also the best in program history and ranked sixth-highest among Division I programs this season. ETSU was just one of four programs to register 30 wins this year – joining No. 2 Gonzaga (31), No. 6 San Diego State (30) and Liberty.

ETSU – who ended the season ranked No. 26 in the Coaches Poll and No. 27 in the AP Poll – won both the SoCon regular season and tournament championships.

The Bucs ended the season on a 12-game win streak, which was tied for the fifth-longest streak in the country.

Along with this honor, Forbes was also named Mid-Major Coach of the Year by ESPN last week. In his five seasons at ETSU, Forbes has compiled a 130-43 (.751), which ranks eighth among active Division I coaches in win percentage. Earlier this season, Forbes became just the fifth coach in Division I history to record at least 24 wins in the first five seasons as a head coach. The 130 wins over the last five years rank 15th nationally, while ETSU, Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky and Villanova are the only teams to have posted at least 24 wins over the last five seasons.

Forbes tabbed NABC District Coach of the Year; Boyd, Hodges earn honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — East Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes earned District Coach of the Year honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), as the organization announced its Division I All-District teams and coaches on Monday. In addition, Tray Boyd III landed first team honors and Bo Hodges was placed on the second team.

Forbes, the Southern Conference Coach of the Year, helped guide the Bucs to a 30-4 record in 2019-20, becoming just the fourth team in SoCon history to reach the 30-win mark, as well as setting a new program record. The Bucs captured both the SoCon regular season and tournament titles en route to generating a school-record .882 win percentage, which ranked sixth among Division I programs this season. ETSU’s 30 wins were tied for the second-most this season, while the Bucs were just one of four teams to reach the mark – joining No. 2 Gonzaga (31), No. 6 San Diego State (30) and Liberty. Forbes, who was named Mid-Major Coach of the Year last week, saw his Bucs finish No. 26 in the Coaches Poll and No. 27 in the AP Poll.

Boyd, a first team all-SoCon selection and all-tournament team member, led the Blue and Gold in points (463), three-pointers made (81) and steals (51). The senior guard scored in double figures 25 times, including his final 12 games of the season. Boyd netted a career-high 30 points, while draining career-best six trays in the 82-65 win over UNCG on Feb. 1. Boyd also set career highs in rebounds (8, at Samford) and steals (8, vs. Mars Hill) earlier this year. The Memphis native shot 90 percent at the free throw line (60-67), while making 26 of his last 27 attempts.

Hodges, also a first-team all-conference selection, was the only Division I player this season to register at least 420 points, 190 rebounds, 80 assists, 45 steals and 26 blocks. The Nashville native became the 42nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point club as he accomplished the feat in the Bucs’ win over Wofford in the SoCon title game. Hodges led the Blue and Gold in scoring seven times, while scoring in double figures 23 times and netting 20-plus points three times, including a career-high 27-point performance in the home win over Chattanooga. Following the Chattanooga game, where he also totaled eight rebounds, five steals, two assists and two steals, Hodges earned his first SoCon Player of the Week award, as he became just the seventh Division I player since 2010-11 to register those stats in a game. Two games later, Hodges totaled his second career double-double after finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 82-65 win over UNCG.

The teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.