Crean Named John Lotz “Barnabas” Award Winner

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Indiana coach Tom Crean is the recipient of the 2013 John Lotz “Barnabas” Award.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will be presented the John Lotz “Barnabas” Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes this Saturday in Atlanta. The presentation will be made at the FCA Coaches Luncheon at the National Association of Basketball Coaches convention.

The John Lotz “Barnabas” Award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity and encouragement to others and lives a balanced life.

Crean led Indiana to a 29-7 overall record and a top seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament in his fifth season as the coach of the Hoosiers in 2012-13. Indiana held the No. 1 national ranking for much of the season. Crean has already been named District Coach of the Year by both the American Basketball Coaches Association and the United States Basketball Writers Association in separate polls. Crean’s Indiana teams are 56-16 over the past two seasons, and 82-80 in his five years since he moved to Bloomington following nine years as the head coach at Marquette University. Crean was’s National Coach of the Year in 2011-12.

“Coach Crean is an encourager who is committed to investing in his players, and his goal is to develop student-athletes and young men,” said Dan Britton, FCA’s executive vice president for international ministry and training who is a member of the John Lotz “Barnabas” Award selection committee. “That commitment is more important than winning games. As a coach who has the ability to not be controlled by the scoreboard, but instead be committed to the passion to develop young men he is exactly what the Barnabas award is all about. Coach Crean is the perfect coach to receive this year’s Barnabas award.”

That commitment has led to a change in Crean’s demeanor over the past few years, according to Perry Hunter, a teacher at Henryville (Ind.) High School and former basketball coach who volunteers with the Southeast Indiana FCA. 

“You can see the transformation in his life (over the past two years),” Hunter said. “You have a guy with a huge platform, who was a positive guy but knew he had some flaws, and you can see him changing into a man who, like all of us still has some flaws, but is making an effort to make a difference for Jesus Christ.”  

Crean (@TomCrean) is the 11th winner of the John Lotz “Barnabas” Award, named for former North Carolina assistant and Florida head coach John Lotz. Since its launch by FCA in 2003, the award has honored a lineup of coaches that have made an impact both on and off the basketball court, including:

2003 Homer Drew Valparaiso
2004 John Wooden UCLA
2005 Dale Clayton Carson-Newman
2006 Steve Alford Iowa
2007 Dale Layer Colorado State
2008 Willis Wilson Rice
2009 Ritchie McKay Virginia
2010 Gary Waters Cleveland State
2011 Billy Kennedy Texas A&M
2012 Don Meyer Northern State
2013 Tom Crean Indiana


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