Date Posted:03/05/2008, 4:00PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College head men's basketball coach Tim Gilbride has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, headlining league honors announced on Wednesday.
In addition to Gilbride's honor, Polar Bear seniors Andrew Hippert (Worcester, Mass.) and Jordan Fliegel (Cambridge, Mass.) were recognized as Second-Team selections. The Polar Bears (21-6) will take on Curry in an NCAA Tournament First-Round game on Friday at Brandeis University. Game time is 6:00 p.m.
Hippert capped a sensational career with a solid senior campaign. The guard missed seven games due to injury, but led the Polar Bears at 16.2 points per game with 50 three-pointers. Hippert enters NCAA Tournament play with 1,340 career points to rank eighth all-time at Bowdoin. His 193 career three-pointers stand third in school history and the senior captain's .859 career free-throw percentage is second only to the mark of .870 held by Bowdoin Athletic Hall of Honor member Bo McFarland '69.
Fliegel excelled in his senior campaign, posting career-highs in points (370, 13.7/game), rebounds (144, 5.3/game) and field-goal percentage (.562, sixth in NESCAC). A starter since his sophomore season, the tri-captain has 937 career points and 452 career boards entering NCAA Tournament play. In addition, Fliegel is an Academic All-NESCAC honoree.
Bowdoin's two All-NESCAC honorees mark the first time since 1998-99 that the Polar Bears have had multiple players recognized in conference honors.
Gilbride, in his 23rd season at the helm of the Polar Bears, collects his first NESCAC Coach of the Year award. He has led the team to multiple records this campaign, posting a school-record 21 wins, their first-ever NESCAC Tournament victory, first-ever appearance in the NESCAC Title Game and the squad's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998-99. Already the winningest coach in program history, he collected his 300th win on November 30 against the University of New England.
Complete All-NESCAC honors can be found at www.nescac.com.