LOWELL -- No postseason, but there are postseason accolades for UMass Lowell firs-year head coach Pat Duquette.
CollegeInsider.com has named Duquette one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Joe B. Hall award, presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball. Duquette guided the River Hawks to a fifth-place finish the program's first year in Division and the America East Conference.
The River Hawks went 8-8 in conference play and 10-18 overall.
"It's an honor to be a finalist for such a prestigious award named after a legendary coach like Joe B Hall," said Duquette. "To make the list is an honor that our entire UMass Lowell program can take pride in."
The other finalists include Mike Brennan (American), Tim Craft (Gardner-Webb), Bobby Hurley (Buffalo), Robert Jones (Norfolk State), Dan Majerle (Grand Canyon), Nicholas McDevitt (UNC Asheville), Craig Neal (New Mexico), Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin) and Will Wade (Chattanoonga).
The winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the NCAA FInal Four.
"I have a very talented group of energetic and insightful assistant coaches, who in a short period of time built strong relationships with our players," said Duquette. "We inherited a group of players that were extremely receptive and coachable from day one, and who most importantly, continued to believe and progress despite the enormous challenge of our first season as a D-I program.
Before taking over the reins of the UMass Lowell program, Duquette was an associate head coach at Northeastern University for three years under Bill Coen and also at Boston College where he was an assistant under Al Skinner for 13 seasons.