CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Leading the Crimson to its seventh Ivy League title in nine years while helping provide enriching opportunities for the program's student-athletes, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball Tommy Amaker has been named a finalist for the 2019 Skip Prosser Award. He was later named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award.
Named after the late Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest, the award is presented annually to those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who also display moral integrity off of it as well.
In addition to the copious on-court success this season, Amaker and the Harvard basketball program have been instrumental in providing unique educational opportunities off the court. In September, the team co-sponsored a Harvard IOP Forum with Arne Duncan '87 and David Gergen; in November, the team visited the Twitter headquarters during its Thanksgiving trip to San Francisco; in December, the team visited historic Martin Luther King, Jr. landmarks in Atlanta, and went to a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the team met President Jimmy Carter; and in January, Harvard went to the MLK landmark in Washington D.C. before playing Howard on MLK Day.
On the court, the Crimson earned its second-straight Ivy League title, and the top seed in the 2019 Ivy League Tournament, presented by TIAA. With a 17-10 overall record, and 10-4 mark in Ivy play, the team received All-Ivy first team accolades for Bryce Aiken, while Noah Kirkwood was crowned the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
The recipient of the 2019 Skip Prosser award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA division I basketball championship.