BOSTON - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd is a finalist for the 2019 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, CollegeInsider.com announced Tuesday.
Byrd, who led Belmont (26-5) to its fifth Ohio Valley Conference championship in seven years and national Top 25 poll votes, ranks fifth among all active NCAA Division I head coaches - and 12th all-time - in career victories with 804.
On the 2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ballot, Byrd received the 2012 NCAA Bob Frederick Award for his lifelong commitment to sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play.
This marks the fourth time Byrd has been named finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (2008, 2011, 2013, 2019).
Named after the late Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest, the award is presented annually to those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who also display moral integrity off of it as well.
The recipient of the 2019 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award will be anounced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
For a complete listing of finalists, click here.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.