Savannah State men’s basketball coach Horace Broadnax received the 2012 Inaugural John McLendon National Coach of the Year Award at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in New Orleans. Broadnax, who was one of 15 finalists, won the award after leading Savannah State to a 21-12 record and winning the regular season Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference title in SSU’s first year in the conference with a 14-2 record. In addition to this award, Broadnax was also tabbed the MEAC Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
The former Georgetown point guard took over a program that went 0-28 during the 2004- 05 and his teams have shown steady progress going from two wins during the 2005-06 season to 21 wins during the 2011-12 campaign.
As a player, Broadnax made a name for himself during his college career by helping lead Georgetown to the 1984 NCAA Men’s National Championship Title and as National Championship runner-ups in 1985.
McLendon became the first African American coach to win an integrated national championship. His team went on to win the NAIA Division I Men’s Tournament in 1957, 1958 and 1959, making him the first coach in history to win three consecutive NAIA championships.