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Guardian of the Game Awards

 

Guardians of the Game is a national awareness and education program of the NABC. The goal of the program is to focus attention on the positive aspects of basketball and the role coaches play in the lives of student-athletes, in addition to the contributions coaches make to their communities. The Guardians of the Game program emphasizes four core values:

Advocacy - NABC coaches are advocates for the game of basketball, student-athletes, and coaches, providing leadership and guidance on issues affecting the basketball community.

Education - NABC coaches are committed to continuing education and the development of their profession in order to be better mentors, teachers, and leaders.

Leadership - NABC coaches provide moral and ethical leadership on issues affecting the game of basketball and society.

Service - NABC coaches serve as community leaders who help enhance their communities through civic involvement.

 

ADVOCACY

2002   Ed Bilik, Springfield

2003   Jerry Krause, Gonzaga

2004   Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie High School

2005   Chris Mowry, Santa Fe CC

2006   Bill Leatherman, Bridgewater College

2007   Jud Heathcote, Michigan State University

2008   Pete Smith, Guerin Catholic HS - Noblesville, IN (Presented by DiGiorno)

2009   Mike Turner, Albion College

2010   Mac Petty, Wabash College (presented by SofSole)

2011   Pat Cunningham, Trinity University (presented by SofSole)

2012   Bill Brown, California (Pa.)

2013   Danny Miles, Oregon Tech

2014   Ed Hall, Old Dominion

 
 

EDUCATION

2002   John Wooden, UCLA

2003   Robert Murrey, USA Coaches Clinics

2004   Kevin McCarthy, State University of New York-Cobleskill

2005   Herb Magee, Philadelphia University

2006   Jim Burson, NABC President

2007   Gary Smith, University of Redlands

2008   Steve Moore, College of Wooster (presented by The Hartford)

2009   Claudie Mackey, Elizabeth City State University (presented by The Hartford)

2010   Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech (presented by The Hartford)

2011   Charlie Coles, Miami (OH) University (presented by The Hartford)

2012   Mike McConathy, Northwestern State University

2013   Brett Reed, Lehigh University

2014   Ernie Nestor, U.S. Naval Academy

 

LEADERSHIP

2002   Dave Gavitt, Providence/Big East

2003   Lonnie Porter, Regis University

2004   Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State

2005   Harry Statham, McKendree College

2006   Russell F. Booth, Glenwood City High School

2007   Steve Bankson, Baldwin-Wallace College

2008   C. Alan Rowe, Widener University

2009   George Blaney, University of Connecticut

2010   Bob Burchard, Columbia College (Presented by Papa John's)

2011   Don Meyer, Northern State University

2012   Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington

2013   David Hixon, Amherst College
2014   John Erickson, Coach and Administrator
 

SERVICE

2002   Ron Naclerio, Cardozo H.S. (N.Y.)

2003   Hal Smith, Malone College

2004   Bo Ryan, Wisconsin-Madison

2005   Bill Van Gundy, Genesee CC

2006   Jim Kessler, Grace College

2007   Richard Reed, Sacramento State University

2008   Dave Rose, Brigham Young University

2009   Ron Hunter, IUPUI

2010   Jim Satalin, Coaches vs. Cancer

2011   Bill Self, Kansas (Presented by The UPS Store)

2012   Scott Nagy, South Dakota State 

2013  Matt Brown, Coach

2014  Gary Stewart, Stevenson University