St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico has been named the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year.
It is the second time in her tenure that Barnes Arico has earned this prestigious honor. She was also honored in 2006 after leading the 2005-06 squad to an 11-5 league mark, 21-6 overall, and No. 4 seed in the 2006 conference tournament.
The award comes a day after Barnes Arico was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s National Coach of the Year award watch list.
In her 10th year as head coach of the St. John’s women’s basketball team, Barnes Arico took a team that was picked to finish seventh in the Big East preseason coaches poll to a No. 2 seed in this year’s conference tournament.
Barnes Arico has had a signature year so far, becoming the St. John’s women’s basketball program’s all-time winningest coach with her February 12 victory at then-No. 17 Rutgers, 61-52. She also led St. John’s to its third-straight 20-win season, her fifth overall as head coach and is the only coach in St. John’s program-history to have five 20-win seasons.
When Barnes Arico was hired as head coach, she took over a St. John’s program that was winless in the Big East to a yearly NCAA Tournament contender. She has led the program to three NCAA Tournament berths (2006, 2010, 2011), including back-to-back second round appearances in each of the past two seasons.
Queens native best in the MAAC
Iona College senior guard Scott Machado has been selected as the 2011-2012 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year by the MAAC’s head coaches.
Machado, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior guard from Queens is also a two-time member of the All-MAAC First Team. A finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award, he leads the nation in assists with 10.1 a night for the Gaels, while adding 13.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Machado is shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from three-point range and 80.5 percent from the free throw line stripe. Named MAAC Player of the Week four times this season, he posted double digits in 22 games and 11 double-doubles during the regular season as well as his first career triple-double on February 12.
Boyd named NEC Player of the Year
After helping guide the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team to its second straight regular-season league crown, junior Julian Boyd was named the 2011-12 Northeast Conference Player of the Year.
Boyd was also named to the All-NEC First Team, where he was joined by classmate Jamal Olasewere. Sophomore Jason Brickman earned All-NEC Second Team accolades.
Boyd, a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award, averaged 17.3 points per game through the end of the regular season to place fifth in the NEC. His 9.3 rebounds per game lead the league and rank 30th in the country.
The San Antonio native averaged 17.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in conference contests. Boyd reached double figures in scoring on 26 occasions and topped the 20-point mark 10 times, including a season-high 29 against Saint Peter’s on December 17.
Boyd becomes the fourth LIU player to take home NEC Player of the Year honors and the first since Charles Jones won for the second straight year in 1997-98. Carey Scurry was given the award after both the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons and Joe Griffin was honored during the 1994-95 season