Tech’s Konkol nets third Coach of the Year honor

Courtesy photo of Louisiana Tech head men’s basketball coach Eric Konkol

LA Tech Athletics Communications

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Eric Konkol garnered his third Coach of the Year honor for this season as the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) announced Tuesday that he was the recipient of the Tommy Joe Eagles Award.

The award, named after the former Bulldog player, assistant coach and head coach, is given annually to the top head coach in major college basketball in the state of Louisiana.

In his sixth season at the helm, Konkol guided LA Tech to a 24-8 overall record, a Conference USA West Division title and a third place finish in the National Invitation Tournament.

The Bulldogs won 12 of their final 14 regular season games and advanced to the C-USA Tournament semifinals. They received an at-large bid to play in the NIT for the first time since 2015 and became just the second team in program history to make the Final Four.

LA Tech upset Ole Miss in the first round, then took down league foe Western Kentucky in the quarterfinals. After a loss to Mississippi State in the semifinals, the ‘Dogs defeated No. 1 overall seed Colorado State in a 76-74 thriller in the consolation game.

Konkol and his staff produced the highest-rated defense in C-USA, ranking 39th in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency. The team also ranked No. 1 in the league and top 30 in the country in field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense.

This marks the second straight season Konkol has received this award, becoming just the second LA Tech head coach to do so in consecutive years (Andy Russo – 1984/1985).

It is the third postseason honor for Konkol this season. He was also named the 2020-21 NABC District 11 Coach of the Year and the 2020-21 Conference USA Coach of the Year.

The LABC announced its awards via social media in lieu of its annual banquet in Baton Rouge being canceled for a second straight year due to the public health threat of COVID-19.

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