ALBANY, NY – The 2016-17 The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year is King Rice from Monmouth University. Rice led the Hawks to an 18-2 MAAC and a 25-6 overall record. Monmouth is the first team in conference history to win 18 MAAC games in a single-season and is currently on a 16-game winning streak heading into the tournament.
Rice is the third coach in MAAC history to win this award in back to back seasons. He joins Tim Welsh (Iona 1997-98) and Speedy Morris (La Salle 1988-89.) This season, Monmouth won a program record 26 regular season games and 18 conference games. 2016-17 Unanimous Player of the Year, Justin Robinson and Micah Seaborn were named to the All-MAAC First Team while Austin Tilghman was voted as the Sixth Player of the Year under Rice’s tutelage. Monmouth has posted 54 wins over the past two seasons, setting the school record for the most wins in a two-year span in program history.
Monmouth will face ninth seeded Niagara University tonight at 7pm on ESPN3 in the first quarterfinal matchup of the 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship.
About the 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship:
The 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship game takes place on Monday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPN2 with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
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