LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland head coaches Woody Hunt and Dewayne Alexander will both accept Coach of the Year awards in the coming days at their respective national conventions taking place in Dallas, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn.
Hunt will receive the Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year award at the American Baseball Coaches Association national convention taking place Thursday-Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
An awards banquet and Hall of Fame induction will take place Friday night, January 7, at which time Hunt will accept his second national Coach of the Year honor after leading the Bulldogs to last year’s NAIA National Championship with a 58-9 record. Matt Greener was named the NAIA National Player of the Year and CU won 29 of its final 30 games to end the year.
Alexander will also receive his award as the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year at the American Football Coaches Association national convention January 9-12 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The Coach of the Year Dinner takes place Tuesday, January 11.
Cumberland posted an 8-3 record this season, just the second eight-win campaign since the program was revived in 1990. The Bulldogs played in a de facto conference championship game the final week of the year, losing at the Univ. of the Cumberlands to miss the NAIA playoffs.
In five years at CU, he has produced 30 All-Mid-South Conference honorees and 57 MSC Scholar-Athletes. Fifteen players have been named NAIA National Scholar-Athletes, while 12 have garnered Conference Player of the Week accolades and four NAIA National Players of the Week. Cumberland tied for the Mid-South Conference West Division championship in 2008.