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McCann named a top 30 basketball coach under 30

Athletics Director Thomas Seitz presents a basketball to Coach Martin McCann to commemorate his 100th career win.

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Martin McCann has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team.

The award is presented to the most promising coaches that have achieved a high level of success before the age of 30. The NABC began presenting the Under Armour 30-Under-30 award in 2016, and McCann is one of only two community or junior college coaches to ever make the list. The NABC consists of over 5,000 college coaches that promise to uphold the organization’s four core values: advocacy, leadership, service and education.

Coach Martin McCann talks to players during a recent game.

“It’s an award that spans all levels of college. To be one of two junior college guys is an absolute blessing. I’m really proud to work at this level,’’ McCann said.

This is the second award McCann has received this year. After posting a 21-9 record and a FCSAA Southern Conference Championship, McCann was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year by his peers.

“This is credit to our Athletic Department,’’ McCann said. “Anytime you’re getting recognized, things are obviously going well. That’s a credit to everyone involved.”

Since taking over the program in 2014, McCann has posted four 20-win seasons and averaged 22 wins per season. He now has 109 career victories at PBSC and earned his 100th victory at the college on January 2 of this year with a 90-68 win over Florida State College at Jacksonville.

McCann has produced 31 All-Southern Conference players, including Sophomore Guard Malik Curry, his first All-American and Conference Player of the Year. Twenty-one players under McCann’s guidance have moved on to NCAA Division I, including three that played in this year’s NCAA “March Madness” Basketball Tournament. Additionally, five former players are playing professionally.

To read more about PBSC athletics, visit www.pbscpanthers.com.

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