Former BC Coach Leatherman Honored
One of Two Individuals to Receive NABC Peer Award
KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- The National Association
of Basketball Coaches will present its 14th annual
Outstanding Service Award at the Division III meeting of
this year’s NABC Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on April
3, 2010. The award has been presented annually since
1997 and is given to coaches whose actions “inside and
outside the lines” of coaching have distinguished them as
valuable members of their communities.
Two extremely deserving coaches will be recognized at the convention. This year’s honorees are Mike Beitzel recently retired head basketball coach at Hanover College in Indiana and Bill Leatherman recently retired head basketball coach at Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Dr. Mike Beitzel began his basketball career as a four year player at the College of Wooster. He ended his career after 20 years at the helm of Hanover College’s men’s basketball program, guiding the Panthers to a 370-181 record. Beitzel guided Hanover to six conference championships, including five consecutive titles from 2001-2005. His squads earned five berths in the NCAA national tournament. Beitzel was honored as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) coach of the year five times and he was also honored as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Midwest District coach of the year three times. Mike was also extremely active in the Lide White Boys and Girls Club of Madison. He also founded the Courtside Club which was very active in the campus community involving speakers and special events. Mike and his wife LuAnn have two grown daughters, Emily and Michelle and currently reside in Mission, Texas.
Bill Leatherman completed his 23 year head coaching career with the most wins in Bridgewater College men’s basketball history. Leatherman finished his career at Bridgewater with a 335-262 record. During his tenure, the Eagles earned three NCAA tournament berths, two conference regular season titles, and one Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament championship. Leatherman was also named ODAC Coach of the Year three times and was NABC South Region Coach of the Year four times. In 2006 Leatherman was honored with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Guardians Award for Advocacy, one of the top honors a college coach can receive. Bill and his wife Nancy have a son Jeff and daughter Kristen and currently reside in High Point, N.C.
Also being presented his award this year in Indianapolis is 2009 recipient Jim Smith of St. Johns College in Collegeville, Minnesota. Jim was unable to attend last year’s award presentation due to a serious leg injury occurring just prior to the convention in Detroit.
The NABC is extremely pleased to honor these gentlemen who, throughout their careers, have been outstanding coaches, great teachers, and significant leaders in their communities. They have done a terrific job in communicating strategies and techniques to their respective teams, distinguished themselves as wonderful role models to their players and associates, embody the spirit of coaching.
For additional information, contact: Pat Cunningham, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone:(210) 999 -8275
This release is courtesy of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.