Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was named the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coach of the year Thursday, after leading the Greyhounds to their best regular-season record of 21-8 in 23 seasons.
Patsos is in his eighth season at Loyola and led his team to a 13-win season in the MAAC, which secured a No. 2 seed for the Greyhounds in the upcoming MAAC tournament.
Loyola sophomore guard Justin Drummond, of Bowie, was selected the 2011-2012 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in 29 games as he became the second Loyola player in as many years to win the award. Four other Patsos-coached players — Charlie Bell (2005), Michael Tuck (2007), Marquis Sullivan (2008) and J’hared Hall (2011) — earned the award.
Both honors are voted on by the league’s coaches.
Patsos, a former Maryland assistant, guided the Greyhounds to their first 20-win season at the NCAA Division I level — the program moved to Division I in 1981-82.
“I am very proud of Justin Drummond and our whole team. You can’t win a coach of the year award without having a great team surrounding you,” Patsos said. “This is a tremendous basketball league, and there are so many great coaches. I feel humbled and honored to win this award.”
Other area basketball players received conference honors Thursday.
Loyola junior guard Katie Sheahin earned her second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year selection, becoming the second player in conference history to earn the honor in back-to-back years, joining former Marist standout Alisa Kresge (2004-05 to 2006-07).
Sheahin averaged 3.4 steals per game, first in the conference and 10th in the NCAA.
UMBC freshman Lauren Chase was named the America East Rookie of the Year in addition to being a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie team.
Retrievers senior Erin Brown was selected to the All-America East first team for the second consecutive season, and classmate Michelle Kurowski earned second-team honors. Brown and Kurowski were named to the academic squad.
Chase, who led the league in assists (4.6 per game), is the first Retriever to earn the America East Rookie honor since the school entered the conference for the 2003-04 school year.
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