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February 28, 2007

Herdes named GLVC Coach of the Year
Sullivan named first team All-GLVC


USI Head Coach Rick Herdes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana men's basketball Head Coach Rick Herdes was named the GLVC Coach of the Year in a vote by the league coaches. Joining Herdes on the GLVC honor roll was senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida), who was named first team All-GLVC senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana), who was named second team All-GLVC and junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana), who was named honorable mention All-GLVC.

Herdes, who ranks among the national leaders as one of the winningest active coaches, led the Screaming Eagles to its first outright GLVC West Division crown with a 14-5 conference mark. He also directed the Eagles to their 15th straight 20-win season the fifth straight year with 25-or-more victories and soon to be their fifth straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

Rashard Sullivan

The Eagles and Herdes, who are 25-5 overall, will begin their quest for a second GLVC Tournament title in three years when they play Lewis University at 6 p.m. Thursday at Roberts Stadium.

Sullivan's first team All-GLVC award marks the third straight season, fourth in the last five, that a USI player has been placed on the first team. The Disney Division II Tip-off Classic Most Outstanding Player ranks second on the team and 20th in the league in scoring with 13.3 points per game and tied for first on the squad and 5th in the conference in rebounds per game. Sullivan also has a team-high 47 blocked shots.

The second team All-GLVC award is the second time that Hall has been honored by the league coaches. Hall leads the Eagles and ranks 18th in the GLVC in scoring with 14.7 point per game and is the GLVC leader in three-point field goals made with 95. He will have a chance in the post-season to become the first USI player to make 100 three-point field goals in a season.

Page earns honorable mention honors after averaging 11.5 point per game and leading the team with 3.8 assist per game. He also ranks ninth in the conference in assists and 12th in the league in assist/turnover ratio.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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