Cru assistant coach wins COTY award

Cru assistant coach wins COTY award
Posted at 7:42 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 20:42:47-04

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball assistant coach Zane Johnston has been named Small College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Johnston will be presented with the award at the TABC Awards Banquet in San Antonio Thursday night (May 17th).

Johnston is in his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Cru men’s basketball team. He helped guide UMHB to a 17-9 overall record and a 10-7 mark in American Southwest Conference play this season. The Cru has advanced to the ASC Championship Tournament in each of his six seasons on the sidelines. Johnston was also the assistant coach when UMHB advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game in 2013. The Cru has a combined 104-59 record since Johnston joined the staff full-time. He also spent one season as a graduate assistant coach and helped lead UMHB to a school-best 24-1 regular season record that season.

“This is way overdue because of the consistent hard work Zane has put into our program,” Cru Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “He’s never concerned with how many hours he has put in or what time it is. He focuses on doing what is best for our program and finding ways to make us better. Zane has been so valuable to our program and I am happy to see him honored this way.”

Johnston is a 2010 graduate of UMHB and was a four-year letterman for the Cru basketball program. He was a three-time All-Conference selection and three-time ASC Academic All-Conference honoree during his career. Johnston played for two ASC Championship teams and three NCAA postseason qualifiers during his Cru career.