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Temple and Hans Earn Multiple National Player and Coach of the Year Honors

Temple and Hans Earn Multiple National Player and Coach of the Year Honors

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More University senior guard Madison Temple (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and head women's basketball coach Jeff Hans were both honored by and DIII News with national honors.

Temple was named All-American and the Division III National Player of the Year by both organizations.  She has made a clean sweep of the top Division III national awards as she was named the Jostens Trophy winner and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Player of the Year and WBCA All-American along with being named Google Cloud Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Temple led the team in scoring (23.5 point per game), rebounds (7.7 per game), assists (187) and steals (92).  She was also third on the team in block shots with 23.  Temple made 186 free-throws, which is a single-season record at Thomas More, while her 187 assists and 776 points are second in Thomas More single-season records and her 254 rebounds is third most in a single season.

Temple finished her career as the all-time leader in scoring (2,184), assists (585), made field goals (812) and made free-throws (818), while finishing third in rebounding (818).

Hans was named the Division III National Coach of the Year by and DIII News.  He guided the Saints to an undefeated 33-0 season and the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship.  Thomas More defeated 12 ranked opponents this season, including five in the six games during the NCAA Tournament.  The Saints had a +28.9 scoring margin, while out-rebounding their opponents by a +12.1 margin and had a +3.6 turnover margin to go with a 1.1 assists/turnover ratio.

Hans has a 207-11 for a .949 winning percentage.  He has guided the Saints to four "Final Fours" and three national titles in the last five years as the team won the title in 2015, 2016 and 2019).  The NCAA later vacated the 2015 title.

Thomas More won the national championship on Saturday evening when it defeated third-ranked Bowdoin, 81-67, in the national champion game at the Cregger Center in Salem, Virginia.