KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced former Central Oklahoma coach Jim Seward and former Southern Connecticut State coach Art Leary as the head coaches for the 2013 Reese’s Division II College All Star game, which will be played as part of the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the official candy partner of the NCAA.
The Reese’s Division II College All-Star game will be played on March 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET, during the NCAA Division II Elite Eight at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. The teams are composed of 20 senior student-athletes including at least two from each of the eight regions in Division II.
This year’s NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship game will be played at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7. The game is being played as the NCAA celebrates 75 years of March Madness. Reese’s is also the title sponsor for the Reese’s Division III All-Star game on March 23 in Salem, Va., and the Reese’s Division I College All-Star game on Friday, April 5, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Seward, who will coach the West team, has more than 30 years of successful collegiate coaching experience and close to 600 career victories. He enjoyed great success as the head coach at Central Oklahoma from 1987-2002, guiding the Bronchos to six Lone Star Conference championships, including three consecutive from 1991-93, and his teams were ranked nationally among the top 20 for nine consecutive seasons. Seward is the all-time leader in career wins at Central Oklahoma with a 261-154 record and coached the national player of the year in 1993 and 1998. A former member of the NABC board of directors and former NABC congress member, Seward has also served as a consultant to the Australian Gold Coast Rollers.
In 28 seasons as the head coach at Southern Connecticut State, Leary, who will coach the East team, led the Owls to the most significant moments in the program’s history. His 1999-2000 team was ranked as high as fourth nationally in NCAA Division II with a 25-4 record. The Owls reached the Elite Eight in Louisville in 1996-97 with a program record 28-4 record, losing to eventual champion Cal State Bakersfield. Eight of Southern Connecticut’s top 10 career scorers played for Leary, a three-time coach of the year in the New England Collegiate Conference. He served as chairman of the NABC Division II All-America Committee and is a long-time member of the NABC Research Committee.