For the second time in his Hope College coaching career, Brian Morehouse is honored by his peers as the best in NCAA Division III women's basketball.
The architect and director of the Flying Dutch's 29-0 team has been named the 2020 United States Marine Corps/Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year.
Morehouse also was named the Division III Women's Basketball Coach of the Year by D3hoops.com.
Morehouse will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year in each of the WBCA's six membership divisions. The NCAA Division III national coach of the year is selected by a committee of coaches.
"Brian has sustained success for many years. He was selected as the winner by his peers after leading his team to this year's exceptional season," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. "Brian also serves his peers as a member of our WBCA Board of Directors and a member of the committee of coaches who created and manages the NCAA Division III All-Star game. The WBCA recognizes and applauds his leadership example as he serves his student-athletes, school and community, as well as our coaching family."
Morehouse previously received the WBCA Coach of the Year award in 2006 when he guided the Flying Dutch to their second national title in team history.
This season, he guided Hope to becoming the only undefeated team in Division III women's basketball and were one of 16 teams in title contention before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be honored by my coaching association, the WBCA, as coach of the year," Morehouse said. "As a program one of our main expectations is to put the team ahead of your personal aspirations. So, I never even think of the potential honors that might be given. It's always about putting our coaches and team in the best position for the next practice, game, and experience together.
"I work in a profession with so many amazing coaches. It brings greater meaning when chosen for this award. I love this profession and the access it gives us to assist young women in their growth moving toward a career. I am always hopeful the lessons they absorb will be used In their future endeavors to impact people around them in positive ways. Thank you to the WBCA for this recognition of me, and more importantly, of the Hope College women's basketball program."
Morehouse's Flying Dutch finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the WBCA and D3hoops.com polls. The Flying Dutch also won both the MIAA regular season and tournament titles, finishing league play unbeaten for the seventh time in team history.
Since taking over the program in 1996, Morehouse has produced a 609-90 record and led Hope to 15 MIAA championships, 19 NCAA appearances, and one national title. In January, Morehouse reached the 600-win mark in his 690th game — faster than any basketball coach in NCAA history at any level, women's or men's.
Tim Schoonveld, Hope's director of athletics, said Morehouse continues to be a model of excellence in coaching.
"We are excited Brian has been named national coach of the year," Schoonveld said. "Brian's impact goes far beyond the court and touches the lives of so many in our community and beyond. We are grateful and blessed to have him at Hope College."
Added Lieutenant Colonel Christian Devine, national director, marketing and communications, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, "The United States Marine Corps proudly recognizes Brian Morehouse for his leadership with the Flying Dutch and his commitment to women's basketball. The hard work and dedication needed to achieve this recognition from his peers embodies the fighting spirit of all Marines."