Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces Winners Of 2011 Morgan Wootten Award

Award Recognizes excellence in high school coaching

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - FEBRUARY 7, 2011 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the 2011 winners of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. The annual awards, one for boys basketball and one for girls basketball, is named after Morgan Wootten, one of two coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame that exclusively coached high school basketball.

The 2011 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for boys’ basketball is Bob Hurley. Coach Hurley has coached basketball at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey since 1972 building a local program into a national powerhouse in a community where hard times are a constant reminder of a world that is both uncertain and unsympathetic. Hurley has been more than a coach to his players; he has been a teacher, a father figure, advisor, mentor, and friend. The victories and championships are there to count, but the true measure of the man is the scores of young lives he has permanently touched. Coach Hurley was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010 and has just recently earned his 1,000 career victory at St. Anthony.

The 2011 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for girls’ basketball is Gene Klinge of Iowa. Coach Klinge has been on the sidelines coaching for nearly 50 years including the transition from six-person basketball to five-person basketball in the state of Iowa. His career began in 1962, and for the next 41 years he coached at West Central of Maynard where he would win 817 games before leaving the school in 2003. His next stop and where he still currently coaches is Waukon High School. In his first year at Waukon, he led the team to a 28-0 record and the state championship. Entering this season, Coach Klinge has won 956 total games and is currently the all-time wins leader in the girls basketball crazy state of Iowa.

“The selection of these two legendary high school coaches for this year’s Morgan Wootten Award continues the Hall of Fame’s goal of honoring excellence in the sport of basketball at all levels,” said John. L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “These coaches have touched the lives of thousands of basketball players and we are proud to recognize their lifetime achievement at the high school level.”

“Bob Hurley and Gene Klinge represent the very finest in high school basketball. As outstanding teachers, coaches and role models, they have touched the lives of thousands of young people. I am extremely pleased that I will able to present the Lifetime Achievement Awards to these fine coaches at this year’s McDonald’s All-American Games,” said Hall of Fame Class of 2000 member Morgan Wootten.

The Morgan Wootten Award winners were selected by a nationally based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors and others that have significantly impacted the game. The awards will be presented by Morgan Wootten at the 2011 McDonald’s  All-American Game events this March in Chicago, Illinois.

Previous award boys’ basketball award winners have included Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy, NY), Joe Gallagher (St. John’s College, DC), Ralph Tasker (Hobbs High School, NM) and Robert Hughes (Fort Worth Dunbar, TX. Previous winners of the girls’ basketball award have included Leta Andrews (Granbury High School, TX), Jim Smiddy (Bradley Central, TN), Dorothy Gaters (Chicago Marshall, IL) and Rick Insell (Shelbyville, TN).

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 20 Finalists for Bob Cousy Award

List of 70 plus candidates down to final 20

JANUARY 12, 2011 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts announced today 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy. An original list of 70 plus candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to the below list of 20.

“This list makes up college basketball’s elite at the point guard position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “These 20 players incontention for the award all have skills that Mr. Cousy would be proud of. The Hall of Fame looks forward to having these players compete for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.” 

“We are pleased with our list of 20 candidates that have advanced into the next round of the process,” said Ken Kauffman, Chair of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. “We’ve got a very competitive field of players in contention for the award and we look forward to moving into the next phase. All of these players are well deserving of the recognition.” 

The current listing of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February and then down five players by early March. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. These Hall of Fame committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included: Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina) and Greivis Vasquez (Maryland). For more information on the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, log onto .

Bob Cousy Award Finalists:

Kevin Anderson University of Richmond

Norris Cole Cleveland State University

Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech

Corey Fisher Villanova University

Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young University

DJ Gay San Diego State University

Tu Holloway Xavier University

Scoop Jardine Syracuse University

Brandon Knight University of Kentucky

Kalin Lucas Michigan State University

Demetri McCamey University of Illinois

Mickey McConnell St. Mary’s College

Jacob Pullen Kansas State University

Nolan Smith Duke University

Isaiah Thomas University of Washington

Jordan Taylor University of Wisconsin

Tyshawn Taylor University of Kansas

Kemba Walker University of Connecticut

Casper Ware Long Beach State

Chris Wright Georgetown University


About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.


MAAC Unveils Plans for Basketball Hall of Fame Exhibit

Edison, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, in partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, unveiled plans for an exhibit at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  The exhibit will focus on several aspects of MAAC Basketball and is slated to open in the fall of 2011.  The plans coincide with Springfield hosting the 2012, 2013 and 2014 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the MassMutual Center.

"The MAAC Council of Presidents unanimously approved the exhibit that will provide our 10 member institutions excellent exposure to basketball fans of all ages," said MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor.  "The display will celebrate the history of the MAAC, the experience of being a student-athlete and raise awareness of the annual conference championships taking place each year in Springfield."

The exhibit will feature several different themes.  Each of the 10 MAAC Institutions will have an individual kiosk to highlight the institution and its basketball history.  Featured items will include a team jersey, a large acrylic team logo and information on the institution.

Secondly, a piece entitled "A Day in the Life of a College Student-Athlete" will provide visitors unique insight into what it takes to succeed as a college student-athlete.  A video presentation will show selected MAAC student-athletes through their experiences, both inside the classroom and on the playing floor.

Another display will celebrate the 30-year history of the MAAC, including photos, artifacts and other memorabilia.  Lastly, a section will be devoted to current happenings in the MAAC, including up-to-date news, standings and information on championships.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to welcome the MAAC to the City of Springfield and the Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The MAAC Championships in Springfield and the MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame continue the positive basketball additions to the City of Springfield.”

The presence of the MAAC in the Basketball Hall of Fame will include an exclusive area on the museum’s second floor.  The museum, which has 200,000 visitors annually, will feature the MAAC schools for the three years of the MAAC Championships.

The MAAC consists of 10 member institutions:  Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.), Fairfield University (Fairfield, Conn.), Iona College (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md.), Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.), Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Niagara University (Niagara University, N.Y.), Rider University (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Saint Peter's College (Jersey City, N.J.), and Siena College (Albany, N.Y.).


Basketball Hall of Fame & MA State Police to Host National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

State Police Invite the Public to Participate in National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

The Massachusetts State Police and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host the fourth annual Massachusetts State Police National AMBER Alert Day Child Safety Fair at the Hall of Fame in Springfield on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is being held in observance of the 14th annual National AMBER Alert Awareness Day. 

The fair will focus on Amber Alert awareness, abduction prevention education, and the preparation of digital child identification kits.  State troopers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine, along with officers from the Springfield Police Department will be fingerprinting children and preparing digital child identification kits for parents to use in the event that their child goes missing or is abducted. Thanks to the generosity of the Hall of Fame and Pride Gas Station, the fair is free of charge to those attending with a child. Former Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros will visit the fair at 1 p.m., and various children’s activities will be held.

For the second consecutive year, troopers and officers will distribute DNA buccal swab kits. DNA buccal swab kits are used to collect and store a sample of a child’s skin cells that can be used to confirm identity through DNA comparison.  The buccal swab kits being distributed are maintained by the child’s parent or guardian for safekeeping, and can be stored in a refrigerator for up to three years.

The State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will also lead an internet safety presentation for parents and children in attendance.

National AMBER Alert Day honors the memory of Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas on January 13, 1996. The AMBER Alert system activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases in an attempt to galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.  The AMBER Alert program has proven to represent the best hope for the safe recovery of abducted children and to date is responsible for or has assisted in the recovery of 495 children nationwide.  In the seven years since the AMBER Alert program’s inception in Massachusetts, there have been 15 AMBER Alert activations that have recovered 23 abducted children.  The program has ensured the safe recovery of all of these children.  The success of the AMBER Alert program sends a strong message that crime against our children is grossly unacceptable and that as a society, we will work together to track down perpetrators who prey on children and safely recover the children they intend to harm. 

The event will also serve as the kickoff for the 2011 Amber Alert Poster Contest.  The United States Department of Justice sponsors this annual poster contest that challenges fifth grade students to develop posters that represent America’s united goal of bringing missing children home safely.  The winning poster from each state will be displayed at the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony held in May.  The National winner will travel to Washington D.C., along with his/her parents and teacher, to receive an award and participate in the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony. 


Hall of Fame Museum Seasonal Hours beginning January 1, 2011

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be converting to it's seasonal hours beginning January 1, 2011 and will return to it's full operating hours on April 18, 2011.  The museums new hours of operation will be as follows...

Monday:  Closed (Except 1/17, 2/21, 3/21)

Tuesday:  Closed (Except 2/22, 3/22)

Wednesday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Friday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday:  10:00am - 4:00pm