Abilene Christian men's basketball coach Brette Tanner was named a finalist for the Joe B. Hall Award on Monday.
The award is presented annually to the top first-year head coach in Division I college basketball.
ACU won three games in the WAC Tournament to reach the championship game against New Mexico State this season.
The Wildcats then played in the College Basketball Invitational. They'll face Middle Tennessee on Tuesday at 8 p.m. CDT in the semifinals. The game is scheduled to air on ESPN2.
Joe B. Hall was a longtime assistant coach at Kentucky before taking over legendary head coach Adolph Rupp in 1972. Hall went 297-100 , and led Kentucky to the 1978 National Championship.
The winner of the award will be announced at the NCAA Final Four on April 1.
Below are the 15 finalists for the Joe B. Hall Award
Speedy Claxton - Hofstra
Hubert Davis - North Carolina
Gerald Gillion - Chicago State
Kevin Kruger - UNLV
Tommy Lloyd - Arizona
Steve Lutz - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Tony Madlock - South Carolina State
Jordan Mincy - Jacksonville
Kyle Neptune - Fordham
David Riley - Eastern Washington
Levell Sanders - Binghamton
Brette Tanner - Abilene Christian
Drew Valentine - Loyola Chicago
Chris Victor - Seattle
Mike Woodson - Indiana