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March 30, 2015


BOSTON, MA -- The finalists for the 2015 Clarence Gaines award were announced on Monday.

The finalists include Justin Barkley (Rogers State), Andy Bronkema (Ferris State), Greg Clink (Chico State), Linc Darner (Florida Southern), Justin Leslie (Azusa Pacific), Jimmy Link (Paine College), Joe Lombardi (Indiana, Pa.), Kent McBride (Concord University), Ben McCollum (Northwest Missouri State), Ben Miller (UNC Pembroke), Kevin Muff (Pittsburg State), David Pauley (University of the Sciences), Luke Reigel (Wisconsin-Parkside), Paul Sather (Northern State), Stan Spirou (Southern New Hampshire) and Chad Walthall (Minnesota State-Moorhead).

The Clarence "Big House" Gaines award is presented annually to the top Division II coach in college basketball.

One of the true legends of all-time, Clarence Gaines retired from Winston-Salem State University in 1993 with a record of 828-446. At the time he was the winningest active basketball coach in NCAA history. He was elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

The recipient of the 2015 award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men's division I basketball championship2.


Justin Barkley Rogers State
Andy Bronkema Ferris State
Greg Clink Chico State
Linc Darner Florida Southern
Justin Leslie Azusa Pacific
Jimmy Link Paine College
Joe Lombardi Indiana (Pa.)
Kent McBride Concord University
Ben McCollum Northwest Missouri State
Ben Miller UNC Pembroke
Kevin Muff Pittsburg State
David Pauley University of the Sciences
Luke Reigel Wisconsin-Parkside
Paul Sather Northern State
Stan Spirou Southern New Hampshire
Chad Walthall Minnesota State-Moorhead


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