Arnold Named HAAC Womens Basketball Co-Coach of the Year
KANSAS CITY, MO -- Central Methodist women's basktball head coach James Arnold was named the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Co-Coach of the Year, it was announced. Arnold led the Eagles to a birth in the tournament quarterfinals.
The original vote for Coach of the Year was a tie between Arnold and Jon Lewis of MidAmerica Nazarene. The all-conference teams and award winners were announced on February 26 with Lewis winning the honor, as the NAIA only recognizes one Coach of the Year from each conference for the purpose of national voting. However, HAAC bylaws allow for Co-Coaches of the Year to be named in the event of a tie.
Arnold led the Eagles to a 17-12 overall regular season record, including a 13-5 mark in conference play. The 13-5 record landed Central Methodist in third place in the final standings. The 17 wins were 12 more than the previous season, which ranks third in NAIA history for win improvement between two seasons.
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