Presbyterian College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dustin Kerns was named finalist for the 2019 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award, it was announced Friday.

This marks the first time a coach has been named a finalist for a national coach of the year award while at PC.

It is incredibly humbling to be named a finalist for this award,” said Kerns, who is in his second season at PC. “The credit goes to the hard work by our entire coaching staff, support staff, and without question, the players. I share the recognition with every member of our program.”

The Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award, formerly the National Coach of the Year Award from 2003 to 2009, is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I.

The award was established in 2003 and was renamed for legendary head coach Jim Phelan, who spent his entire 49-year coaching at Mount St. Mary’s, compiling 830 wins in 1,354 games. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

With an 18-15 record, Presbyterian is having the best season in its Division I history. The Blue Hose will play in their first Division I postseason tournament when they take part in the Postseason Tournament next week.

The Blue Hose tied their DI conference win total, while the overall wins are the most in PC DI history. The team has already broken several PC DI season records, including scoring, rebounding, assists, and scoring margin. The Blue Hose lead the league in assists, assist/turnover ratio, and are top three in scoring and scoring margin. In the national statistics, PC is top 10 in assist/turnover ratio, three-pointers per game, three-pointers made, and in turnovers.

The recipient of the 2019 Jim Phelan award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA division I basketball championship.