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Press Enterprise Honors Croy
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 06/12/2014
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University head men’s basketball coach Rick Croy took over the program in April of 2013 and in one year transformed the Lancers.

The Press-Enterprise named Croy the 2014 Men’s Coach of the Year after he led his team to a program-best start and program-best winning streak by opening the year 16-0. The Lancers continued on to win a program-first PacWest title, before finishing the season with a first-ever NCAA Division II postseason appearance.

Like he did when he was tabbed the PacWest Coach of the Year, Croy won’t take all the credit.

"Our staff is grateful for the award," said Croy. "It is a reflection of the exemplary leadership displayed by our seniors and underclassmen."

The energy, passion, drive and competitiveness Croy and his team displayed on the court forced people to take notice of CBU. With Croy and his coaching staff at the helm, the Lancers went from a middle of the pack team to a nationally recognized squad. CBU finished the year with a 24-4 record and had ranked as high as No. 7 in NCAA Division II. Croy was also named a finalist for the Clarence “Big House” Gaines award, given to the top Division II coach.

After a successful first year in the books, CBU has already started preparing for next year. Croy and his staff have been recruiting to fill the big shoes six seniors (Anthony Cosentino, Kevin Crabb, Garrett Jefferson, Geoff McIntosh, Ivan Patterson and Kyle Wong) left behind and build on the foundation that has been laid.

"We can't wait to begin competing again next November," added Croy.

Cross Country coach Ben Gall was a runner up for the men's award while softball coach Bill Baber was a runner up for the women's.

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