Springfield, Mass. - March 14, 2018 - Springfield College head men's basketball coach Charlie Brock and sophomore Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) each garnered major postseason accolades from D3hoops.com for their efforts in leading the Pride to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Final Four. Brock was selected as D3hoops.com Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, while Ross was named Northeast Player of the Year and named to the All-Northeast Region First Team.
It has been a decorated year for Ross who was named NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference) Men's Basketball Athlete of the Year, NEWMAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team. He received the player of the year honor one year removed from picking up regional rookie of the year accolades.
Ross followed up an outstanding freshman year with an even better sophomore season. The Recreation Management major has led his team to the Final Four, scoring 24.9 points per game, recording 9.8 rebounds per game, and dishing out 4.2 assists per game. To date, third in all of Division III in total points (747), fourth in total minutes (1,047), and seventh in double doubles (17).
In his 20th season at helm of Springfield College, Brock was named D3hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Under his direction, Springfield has rattled off a 22-8 record, including eight wins over teams that at one time were receiving votes in the national poll. The Pride has reeled off four NCAA postseason wins, including a pair last weekend against the No. 13 and No. 14 ranked programs in the nation.
Brock, Ross, and the Pride will head to Salem, Virginia this weekend where they will take on Nebraska Wesleyan in the national semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. The NCAA Division III National Championship will be on Saturday at 6 p.m.