Gregg Marshall named MVC coach of the year

Wichita State's Gregg Marshall was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year Thursday at a lunch in St. Louis.

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year Thursday at a lunch in St. Louis.

Marshall joins Drake legendary Hall of Famer Maury John, who won three-straight honors in the league from 1968-70.

Marshall received 39 of a possible 40 first-place tallies and 118 total points to outdistance all other vote-getters.  Voting was conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.

Barry Hinson of Southern Illinois finished second in the voting, marking the second-straight top-three finish for the Saluki mentor.

Marshall is among four other Shocker mentors to win the MVC Coach of the Year award, including Ralph Miller (1954), Gary Thompson (1965), Eddie Fogler (1987) and Mark Turgeon (2006).

Marshall has led the Shockers to an unbeaten regular season.

Earlier this week, Wichita State cleaned up off the court with sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet beating teammates Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker for conference player of the year. It’s the first time a school swept the top three spots.

Wichita State made the Final Four as a No. 9 seed last spring, getting an at-large bid after losing in the conference championship to Creighton as the No. 2 seed.

The Shockers last won the conference tournament in 1987 and lost in the semifinals both times it’s been the No. 1 seed previously, in 2006 and 2012.

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