KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lees-McRae College Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Mark Polsgrove was honored Tuesday by being named to 2017-18 Under Armour 30-under-30 list by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The list is geared towards recognizing a group of up-and-coming young coaches in men's college basketball.
"I am extremely happy for Mark," said LMC Head Coach Steve Hardin. "He works very hard and is really good at pretty much everything. I have known Mark since he was around 10 years old and to see him grow into a great assistant coach is very special to me. Coach deservers this honor and I am blessed to have him on staff and in this program. Mark is the engine to our ship as he makes everything go."
Polsgrove joins a group of 29 other coaches across all levels of men's college basketball to receive this honor. Among the fellow honorees are coaches from perennial basketball powers in Villanova, Texas, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, and Cincinnati.
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.