KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today that Ryan Cottingham of Spring Arbor University (Mich.) has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 NABC NAIA Division II Coach of the Year Award presented by Wilson.
Southwestern College (Kan.) senior Cameron Hunt, who averaged 31.5 points per game this season, is the recipient of the 2019 NABC NAIA Division II Player of the Year Award powered by ShotTracker.
Cottingham guided his Spring Arbor Cougars to the 2019 NAIA Division II championship in Sioux Falls, S.D., tipping Oregon Tech 82-76 in the final. Spring Arbor finished the season with a 30-7 won-lost record overall and was tied at the top in the Crossroads League with 2018 NAIA Division II champion Indiana Wesleyan. Cottingham, who also serves as Spring Arbor’s director of athletics, completed his 20th season as head coach of the Cougars.
The 2019 Player of the Year, Hunt ranked first in NAIA Division II this season in total scoring, second in points per game and third in both total assists (219) and assists per game (6.844). In his career, the 6-5 guard from Duncanville, Texas, scored 2,865 points and earned first team NAIA All-America honors this season and second team All-America recognition in 2017-18.