Mount St. Mary's freshman guard Chris McGuthrie and coach Jim Phelan were named major award winners yesterday by the Northeast Conference.
McGuthrie was selected the NEC's Newcomer of the Year after averaging 19.9 points, third in the league, and 5.1 assists, which ranked second.
The Silver Spring native also made the All-NEC second team and credited Phelan for his success.
"Coach Phelan surprised me when he went with me," said McGuthrie. "I just really played with a lot of confidence, which I never had before. I never thought of myself being in this position."
Phelan shared Coach of the Year honors with Kevin Bannon, leader of regular-season champion Rider. It was the first award for Mount's legendary coach since 1981, when he was the national Division II Coach of the Year.
He became the ninth man in history to win 700 games Jan. 28 at Wagner and will carry 705 victories into the conference tournament opener against St. Francis, N.Y., Thursday.