Shaw Regional Co-Coach of Year; Strickland 1st-Team

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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology head coach Jim Shaw was named Midwest Region Co-Coach of the Year, and junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) captured first-team all-region honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Shaw shared NCAA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors with Ron Rose of Illinois Wesleyan University.  Strickland earned his second first-team all-Midwest Region honor of the postseason after also claiming a spot on the squad.

Shaw earns his first career NABC Regional Coach of the Year award after helping lead the Fightin' Engineers to a 24-4 record and a ranking as high as No. 18 nationally in the weekly national poll.  His career accolades include a 281-215 overall record, five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, four regular season conference championships, four Conference Coach of the Year awards, and three conference tournament titles. 

Shaw's coaching staff includes fourth-year assistant coach Rusty Loyd and student assistant Blake Knotts.  Rose helped lead Illinois Wesleyan to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin regular season championship and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen this season.

Strickland also earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors after helping the Fightin' Engineers win conference regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time in school history.

Strickland averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game and will enter his senior season ranked 21st in school history with 1,099 career points at Rose-Hulman.

The two-time all-conference selection becomes the eighth Rose-Hulman player to earn all-region honors and the first NABC honoree since Munchie Muskeyvalley captured second-team honors in 2005-06. 

Strickland led the Engineers in scoring (14.6 ppg) and ranked second on the team in assists (68), blocks (14) and steals (29) this season.

Rose-Hulman finished 24-4 overall this season to tie the school record for most wins and fewest losses in a season before falling in the NCAA Tournament opener to Calvin College, which earned a trip to the Sweet Sixteen before dropping a 63-62 decision at No. 1 St. Thomas.