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Midland's Todd Eisner named Rawlings-NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year

Midland's Todd Eisner named Rawlings-NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year

Mar 20th , 2014

Point Lookout, Mo. – Midland University head basketball coach Todd Eisner has been named the 2013-14 Rawlings-NAIA Division II National Coach of the Year. Coach Eisner was bestowed the honor following the National Championship Game on Tuesday night at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks.

"Coach Eisner is tireless in both of his crafts: preaching relentless defensive basketball and shaping the lives of young men. Our entire campus is delighted to see him get this deserved recognition," said Midland University President Ben Sasse.

Eisner led the Warriors to their first ever National Championship Game this season as Midland earned a National Tournament berth in back-to-back years for the first time in school history. Last season's squad made it to the "Round of Eight" for the first time in Midland history, and this year the Warriors excelled even further.

"It is a great honor to be recognized by Rawlings as the NAIA DII National Coach of the Year," said Eisner. "This is an award that needs to be shared by everyone that is a part of Midland University Basketball. We could not achieve this level of success without the support of Dr. Sasse and our administration, and our athletic director, Dave Gillespie, who has been tremendous to work with."

Eisner owns a 391-157 career record as a head coach in the NAIA. He ranks 11th among active head coaches in wins, and boasts a 0.713 career winning percentage.

He went on to credit his right-hand man on the coach staff by saying, "the other person that also deserves great praise and recognition in helping build our program since we arrived three years ago is my assistant, Bob Ludwig. He is a tireless worker in all facets of his job and has a great passion for our guys to succeed on the court and in the classroom. This individual award would not have happened without his outstanding contributions to the success of our program."

Since joining Midland University in the 2011-12 season, Eisner has compiled an impressive 69-31 record. He guided the Warriors to a 30-6 mark this year, having set a new school record for wins in a single season.

"And, of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our players," added Eisner. "I have been so fortunate to have coached student-athletes at Midland University that have represented us at a high level in the classroom and on the court. Good players make coaches look smarter than they truly are and this award is an example of what good players can help a program achieve."

Last year, Eisner became the first coach in the history of the NAIA Division II ranks to reach the prestigious "Round of Eight" with three different institutions (Viterbo University, Bellevue University, and Midland University). With this year's Warriors squad he was at the helm of his second different school to appear in the "Fab Four", making his third overall appearance after guiding Bellevue to the semifinals twice.

"This is truly a program and institution award, not something won by an individual," concluded the humble head coach. "It is my hope that we will all continue to work to represent Midland University in a first-class manner each day as we continue to build a special basketball program."