COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – North Lake (TX) head coach Tim McGraw was named 2017 Spalding® NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year Monday by the association’s DIII men’s basketball committee. The recognition marks the third time in McGraw’s career he has received the honor (2006, 2008, 2017).
McGraw led North Lake to its third national championship in 2017 after facing one of the toughest schedules in the DIII ranks. The Blazers played 11 games against NJCAA DI and DII opponents – the most of any team that advanced to the national tournament. Awarded the No. 5 seed, the Blazers to upset the No. 4, No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in Rochester (MN) to take home this year’s national title with a 22-11 overall record.
McGraw has piloted the North Lake men’s basketball program for 20 years and has led the Blazers to the DIII national tournament five times, winning three national titles and fourth place on two occasions.
Prior to North Lake, McGraw was the head coach at Southern Baptist (AR) from 1985-89.
Photos by Greg Mittelsteadt
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