Anderson, Indiana

Slyder named HCAC coach of year

Wed, 2010-03-03 14:23 -- univcomm
March 3, 2010
Anderson University men’s basketball coach Tom Slyder was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the 2009-10 season Tuesday. slyder-hcacSlyder guided the Ravens to a 22-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the HCAC, including its first conference championship since 1981-82. It was also the first time an AU coach has been named Coach of the Year since Hall of Famer Barrett Bates won the award after the 1980-81 season. Slyder is 69-63 overall in five seasons at Anderson.

Three Ravens made the 12-man All-HCAC squad, led by sophomore Brock Morrison, who averaged a team-high 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season. The forward also shot 55 percent from the field, 38 from 3-point range and a team-best 84 percent from the free-throw line. He was also second in assists (79) and third in steals (28). He was a two-time HCAC Player of the Week and once on the D3 national team of the week.

Also on team were juniors Ty Riddle and Gabe Miller.

Riddle was second in scoring (14.7 ppg) and led the HCAC in 3-pointers made (85), breaking Brent Ross’ 20-year-old single season record of 81.

Miller averaged 11.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and a team-high 3.7 assists per game.

Junior Andrew Jones and sophomore Andrew Bowman were named Honorable Mention. Jones averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while Bowman was at 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

AU will travel to Kenosha, Wis., on Friday to play in the first round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. The Ravens play No. 3 St. Thomas, Minn. (23-3), at 6 p.m. Aurora (18-10) plays host Carthage (22-5) in the second game with the winners meeting in the second round Saturday.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.