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Todd Simon named as finalist for Hugh Durham and Skip Prosser Man of the Year awards

The Spectrum
The Spectrum
 2022-03-23

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Southern Utah University Men's Basketball Head Coach Todd Simon has been named a finalist for two separate prestigious awards by CollegeInsider.com for the 2021-22 season.

"The SUU Men's Basketball team has experienced another successful year with over 20 wins and as a result, Coach Todd Simon is once again being considered for coaching awards," said Debbie Corum, SUU Director of Athletics. "Currently, his nomination for both the Skip Prosser Man of the Year and the Hugh Durham award are well-deserved and I strongly support him for both. He has built a team culture that has stressed discipline, hard work, and unity and he is highly qualified for these awards."

The Hugh Durham Award, named after a coach who built winning programs at three different universities, is a tremendous honor that is presented annually to the top Division I mid-major coach in college basketball.

Simon has had incredible success on the court this season, leading the Thunderbirds to their second-highest win total for a single season in program history, and the most wins SUU has ever posted in the Big Sky era. Simon has also led Southern Utah to their third all-time postseason appearance, where the T-Birds have already picked up wins over Kent State and UTEP in the first two rounds of The Basketball Classic. Southern Utah had just one postseason win in their Division I era prior to this season.

"It is humbling to be a finalist for the mid-major coach of the year honors," Simon said. "I've always felt coach of the year awards are team and staff recognitions so it is great to have Southern Utah acknowledged among the best mid-majors. I'm really proud of our guys' achievements."

Under Simon's guidance, SUU led the Big Sky in points per game and rebounding this season. The team also ranked 23rd in the entire country by scoring just under 80 points per contest.

Simon has separated himself as one of the top coaches at the mid-major level by leading Southern Utah to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Thunderbirds have amassed a combined record of 42-15 overall and 26-8 in the Big Sky over the past two seasons.

For a second consecutive season, Simon has also been named as a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award. The Award, named after legendary Wake Forest and Xavier Head Coach, Skip Prosser, honors those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who also display moral integrity off the floor.

"It is an honor to be recognized for such an award," Simon said. "Coach Prosser was a man of integrity and was tremendously respected. As coaches, we are entrusted to lead our young men and be examples in our community. Every day, we strive to be servant leaders for those around us."

Simon has led his student-athletes to an equal level of success off the court as he has on the hardwood. As a team, Southern Utah had a 3.0 GPA for the Fall 2021 semester, including nine players who earned a 3.0 or higher and three who earned a 3.65 or above.

Prosser had a phenomenal college coaching career, collecting an overall record of 291-146 throughout 14 seasons as a head coach at Loyola (MD), Xavier, and Wake Forest. Prosser found tremendous success in his 6 years at Wake Forest, averaging 21 wins per season, while leading the Demon Deacons to four straight NCAA tournament appearances. He earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2003.

Prosser died of an apparent heart attack on July 26, 2007, in his office at Wake Forest; but, his legacy lives on.

The recipients of both the 2022 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award and the Hugh Durham Award will be announced on April 4.

This article originally appeared on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: Todd Simon named as finalist for Hugh Durham and Skip Prosser Man of the Year awards

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