Level Loma Nazarene baseball head coach Justin James has been named a Division II West Regional Coach of the 12 months by the American Baseball Coaches Affiliation.
The award, voted on by the ABCA All-America and Coach of the 12 months committees, went to seven different coaches representing different areas within the U.S.
James led PLNU’s group to the Division II Faculty World Collection, the place they fell to top-seeded North Greenville to shut the event. North Greenville’s coach, Landon Powell, gained the nationwide Division II Coach of the 12 months honor.
“It’s very humbling to get a few of these awards and to have the season we had,” James stated. “Like something, it ought to go to many others that put within the immense time to be a terrific group.”
James particularly highlighted the contributions of assistant coaches, Steve Sanchez and Riley Regala.
“The 12 months we had and the awards are all due to the gamers’ and my assistants’ dedication to go above and past to get higher at something,” James stated. “Coach Sanchez and Regala are phenomenal coaches and are loyal to this system to assist our guys enhance.”
The award comes after James, who earned his one hundredth win as PLNU head coach this season, was named PacWest Coach of the 12 months. He led PLNU to its first PacWest title in program historical past, whereas setting group and convention data for wins in a single season.
The 51-10 Sea Lions additionally gained this system’s first regional crown as a member of the NCAA, earlier than making their maiden NCAA Division II championship look.
James, who simply accomplished his fourth season atop PLNU’s baseball program, has the best successful share (.631) in program historical past.