Director and head men’s basketball coach Kevin
Grimmer has been named the New Balance/Basketball Coaches
Association of New York, Inc. (BCANY) Upstate Coach of the Year,
while senior Diloo Brown (Harlem, NY/Technical Careers
Institute) and junior David Golembiowski
(Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent) were named to the All-BCANY
Division III Upstate Team.
It is the fourth such award for Grimmer, who was also named the Coach of the Year for the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the National Association of Basketball Coaches East Region and the D3Hoops.com East Region. Grimmer earned all four awards after leading the Wildcats to their greatest season in program history, guiding the team to its second consecutive NEAC Championship and its first-ever trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished a program-best 26-5 overall and won a school-record eighteen straight contests during the season.
Golembiowski was named to the All-BCANY First Team after a phenomenal year in which he was also crowned the NEAC Player of the Year for the second straight season and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Upstate Player of the Year, while also being selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches East Region First Team and the D3Hoops.com All-East Region First Team. The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter led the team in points (21.1), rebounds (10.3) and blocks (3.0) per game and free throw percentage (.794), while being second in both field goal percentage (.501) and three-pointers made (72). He also led the NEAC in both points and blocks and was second in rebounds, while ranking seventh in the nation in blocks per game, highlighted by his school-record nine blocks in one game.
Golembiowski, who was selected as a D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American, became the program's all-time leader in career rebounds and blocks this season, while also scoring his 1,500th career point on the year to help him place second all time in that category. He capped off his sensational season by winning two major SUNYIT Athletics awards for the second straight year: the Wildcat of the Year award and the Kiwanis Award.
Brown was named to the All-BCANY Second Team after also having an incredible season. The 6-foot guard was selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row and also to the National Association of Basketball Coaches East Region Second Team after leading the team and NEAC conference in both assists (4.9) and three-pointers made (92), while also leading the team in steals per game (2.1). He finished the season with averages of 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, which were both second-best on the team, while shooting 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. He also came up huge for SUNYIT during the team’s conference championship run, as he was named the NEAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season after registering three-game averages of 18.3 points, 10 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1 block per contest. Additionally, Brown won one NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award and was a D3Hoops.com Team of the Week selection throughout the course of the season.
Brown certainly left his mark on the program during his tremendous two-year run as a Wildcat, as he scored his 1,000th career point in a SUNYIT uniform this season and is fifth in school history in that department, while being second all-time in both free throws made and attempted, third in steals and fourth in both assists and three-pointers made.
Balance/BCANY Coach of the Year Awards will be presented at the
29th Annual BCANY Fall Clinic, which will be held in
Albany, NY on September 24th and
Founded in 1983, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, Inc. is an organization that is made up of basketball coaches of all scholastic and collegiate levels throughout the entire state of New York.