Downey Named National Coach of the Month

Arkansas Tech University head men’s basketball coach Mark Downey was named Division II Bulletin coach of the month for the period ending Dec. 31.

Downey has led the nationally fifth-ranked Wonder Boys to their best start in 57 years.

Arkansas Tech is 13-0, and the Wonder Boys’ string of 13 straight wins is tied for the seventh-longest winning streak in the 95-year history of Tech men’s basketball.

Division II Bulletin, a national publication that focuses on NCAA Division II basketball, selected Downey as its coach of the month after the Wonder Boys went 5-0 in December.

Included in those five victories was a 68-63 win over then 11th-ranked Drury University on Dec. 8, a home-and-home sweep of North Alabama and a 60-47 road win over Alabama-Huntsville on Dec. 21.

Downey is 60-41 in four seasons as the Arkansas Tech head men’s basketball coach.

He has led the Wonder Boys to a 36-9 record (an .800 winning percentage) since the start of the 2008-09 season.

The Wonder Boys will begin Gulf South Conference play by hosting Southern Arkansas at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Game one of Saturday’s GSC doubleheader will pit the nationally 16th-ranked Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (13-0) against Southern Arkansas at 4 p.m.

Admission will be free with a valid Tech identification card. Russellville radio station KWKK 100.9 FM and will have live play-by-play coverage.

Arkansas Tech is the only member of NCAA Division II or NCAA Division I that is undefeated in both men’s and women’s basketball this season.