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McKay Named Finalist for a Trio of National Awards

March 9, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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McKay Named Finalist for a Trio of National Awards

Liberty basketball head coach Ritchie McKay has been nominated for the Ben Jobe award along with the Hugh Durham and Jim Phelan award. The Ben Jobe award is annually given to the top Division I minority coach and the Hugh Durham award is presented annually to the top Division I mid-major coach in college basketball. The Jim Phelan award is given to the nation's top Division I coach, an honor that McKay received in 2019. 

McKay continues to elevate the Flames' basketball program, leading Liberty to its third straight ASUN Championship. It has been a historical run for Liberty as the Flames have won 82 games in the last three seasons, which ranks No. 2 in Division I, only behind Gonzaga (89 wins). Liberty's historical run also includes six ASUN titles (three regular season and three tournament championships) in the last three seasons, which is an ASUN Conference record.

Prior to the ASUN Tournament, McKay was named the ASUN Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in program history to win Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons as McKay has led the Flames to its third straight ASUN Regular Season Championship. Under McKay, Liberty has extending its school-record, capturing its fifth consecutive 20-win season as the Flames picked up wins this season over two SEC opponents and 11 wins in the ASUN Conference. For the second straight season, McKay and the Flames went undefeated at home, with a perfect 13-0 record. McKay is the second coach in Liberty's Division I era to earn a Coach of the Year honor (Dale Layer in 2011).