ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- For the sixth time in school history, a Wichita State coach has won the MVC Coach of the Year award, as Wichita State men's head coach Gregg Marshall has earned the honor for 2012-13. He becomes the first Shocker head coach to win back-to-back Coach of the Year honors.
He received 23 of a possible 40 first-place tallies and 87 total points to outdistance Creighton's Greg McDermott (64 total points). Voting was conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors. Notably, Barry Hinson of Southern Illinois finished third in the voting, despite the Salukis finishing in 10th place. It's the highest finish in league history for a coach whose team finished in last place.
Marshall joins 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 guided Wichita State to a school-record fourth-straight campaign with 24 or more victories and a school-record tying fourth-consecutive season with 12 or more league wins.
In his initial campaign, he won 11 games, but he has taken his team to postseason play in each subsequent season, including a tremendous run to the championship of the 2011 NIT and at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
In his sixth season at the controls of the Wichita State program, he has compiled a 24-7 overall mark - despite losing 75 percent of his scoring from the 2012 NCAA Tournament team and missing three 2012-13 starters for sustained periods of time.
He is a 1985 graduate of Randolph-Macon and becomes only the sixth person and the first Shocker head coach in the 106-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference to earn back-to-back Coach of the Year honors.