March 21, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dan Monson has been named one of 24 All-District coaches by The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Monson was named the recipient of the District 9 honor by the NABC for the second straight season.
Monson, in his fifth season at Long Beach State, led the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament after winning both the Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles. He coached LBSU to a 25-9 season record, the second most wins in school history despite playing the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation, and its second straight Big West Conference title. Monson became the first LBSU coach to win back-to-back regular-season league titles in 35 years, and the first 49er coach to win at least 20 games in consecutive seasons in 38 years. LBSU finished the Big West season with a 15-1 record, which included a 12-game winning streak that was snapped in a non-conference game at Creighton.
Monson was also named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches, while all five of the 49ers' starters claimed all-league recognition. Senior Casper Ware won his second straight Big West Conference Player of the Year award, as well as being named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Region IX Player of the Year. He was named to both the USBWA and NABC All-District teams. Senior Larry Anderson earned first-team All-Big West honors, while being named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He also claimed second-team NABC All-District 9 honors, as did senior T.J. Robinson who was LBSU's third first-team All-Big West Conference selection. Senior Eugene Phelps earned second-team All-Big West accolades, while junior James Ennis was named honorable mention All-Big West Conference. Ennis joined Ware on the all-tournament team at the Big West Conference Tournament.
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