Doran and Loeffler Earn Region Honors from NABC
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
KANSAS CITY, MO – Johns Hopkins men’s basketball senior Kyle Doran and head coach Josh Loeffler have been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for their performances this season. Doran has earned Second Team All-Middle Atlantic honors while Loeffler has been named the Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year.
Doran is the first player to earn NABC All-Region honors since George Bugarinovic and Jimmy Hammer did so in 2015. In addition, Loeffler’s coach of the year honor is the third for the Blue Jays as Bill Nelson earned the honor in 2007 and 2015. In addition, it is Loeffler's third coach of the year honor of the season as he was previously named the Centennial Conference and ECAC Coach of the Year.
Doran saved his best season for his last as he posted career-best numbers in scoring (13.5), rebounds (6.8), minutes (29.9), field goals (119), field goal attempts (249), three-pointers (51), three-point attempts (129), free throw attempts (113), offensive rebounds (47), defensive rebounds (137) and assists (34). He led the Blue Jays in rebounds while ranking second in scoring, field goals, free throws and blocks (9). Doran scored in double digits 21 times, out of 27 games, had four 20-point games and three double doubles. In the Centennial Conference, he ranked 10th in minutes per game, ninth in free throws, fifth in defensive rebounds, eighth in rebounds per game and 12th in scoring. In JHU history, he ranks 12th in career three-pointers (105), 15th in three-point attempts (268), 18th in free throws (212), ninth in free throw attempts (285) and 18th in defensive rebounds (286).
Loeffler led the Blue Jays to a share of the Centennial Conference regular season title after being picked to finish fifth in the conference’s preseason poll. He then guided Hopkins to its fourth Centennial Conference Tournament title and first since 2014. Loeffler is the first coach in conference history to guide his team to the tournament title as well as the first to earn CC Coach of the Year honors in his first season. His Blue Jays posted an impressive 24-5 record and climbed to as high as 12th in the national rankings before falling in the NCAA Second Round. The 24 wins are one shy of the school record while the Blue Jays put together a 14-game win streak from January 17 to March 3. In addition, Loeffler’s 24 wins are both a Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record for a first-year head coach.