NEW YORK, NY -- Lincoln Memorial University head men's basketball coach Josh Schertz has been tabbed as one of the five finalists for the 2013 Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year Award, officials with the Jewish Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
The Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year Award is presented annually to the nation's top Jewish college coach, which is voted on by the members of the Jewish Coaches Association (JCA). Coaches across every division of the NCAA as well as the NAIA and JUCO levels are eligible to receive this distinction. The winner will be presented with the award at the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since his arrival at Lincoln Memorial prior to the 2008-09 season, Josh Schertz has ushered in one of the most prolific leaps to success in the nation throughout all levels of the NCAA. In his five seasons, Schertz has compiled 112 wins to only 38 losses. In the five years leading up to Schertz's hiring, the Railsplitters tallied only 39 wins to 99 losses.
In the Railsplitters' first season under the direction of coach Schertz, Lincoln Memorial improved from an 8-20 mark and a 1-13 record in league play during the '07-'08 campaign to an even 14-14 record in 2008-09, finishing fifth in the SAC at 8-8. Since that time, the Schertz-led Railsplitters have rolled off four-straight 20-win seasons, marked by a South Atlantic Conference record 27 wins in the 2010-11 season. The Railsplitters also set the SAC record that season with 16 league victories as well as the school record for best start to a season, as they rolled off 22-straight wins to begin that campaign.
This season, Schertz rallied Lincoln Memorial to an outright South Atlantic Conference regular-season title after compiling a 15-3 record in league play. This marked the second regular-season title for the Railsplitters since Schertz arrived in Harrogate and the third SAC Championship overall in his five seasons, as LMU won both the 2010-11 regular-season and tournament championship trophies.
On December 8th of the 2010-11 season, the Railsplitters appeared in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll for the first time in school history, as they broke in at No. 24 after jumping out to a 7-0 start. Since that time, Lincoln Memorial has not been absent from the national poll, as they have compiled a South Atlantic Conference record streak of 42-consecutive weeks ranked. The culmination of that streak came on January 10, 2011, as the Railsplitters moved to No. 1 in the country for the first time in program history after running out 14-straight wins to open the season. By eliciting the top-ranking in the NABC poll, LMU became the first team in South Atlantic Conference history to be tabbed in the No. 1 spot.
The Railsplitters are also riding a streak of three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season, the Railsplitters advanced in the Southeast Regional for the first time in school history with a 67-60 win over King College in the quarterfinal round. LMU made it to the round of 32 again this season after defeating UNC Pembroke, 82-80, in the first round of the Southeast Regional.
Josh Schertz will join Keith Dambrot (University of Akron), Ryan Marks (University of Texas-Pan American), Jeff Klein (Chaffey College) and Howard Fisher (College of the Canyons) on the ballot for the 2013 Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year Award.