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Kolton Kohl, Joe Golding win NABC awards


Kolton Kohl NABC award
Kolton Kohl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Abilene Christian University’s head coach and standout center were honored today by the The National Association of Basketball Coaches on their annual All-District 22 team.

Joe Golding was named NABC Co-Coach of the Year and senior Kolton Kohl received first-team honors for their standout seasons. The Wildcats are in Indianapolis this week for a first-round NCAA Tournament game with The University of Texas at Austin. ACU earned an automatic bid as champions of the Southland Conference Tournament, trouncing Nicholls last Saturday night, 74-49, in Katy, Texas.

Golding has his Wildcats (23-4, 13-2) in March Madness for the second consecutive season. A 1999 ACU grad and former basketball standout, he is in his 10th year as head coach and has led his team to three consecutive 20-win seasons. The Wildcats were 13-0 in 2020-21 on their temporary home court at ACU’s Teague Center while Moody Coliseum is being renovated. Golding shares the NABC honor for District 22 with Sam Houston State head coach Jason Hooten.

A graduate of San Angelo (Texas) Central High School, the 7-foot Kohl is a force for his team, which is among the top defensive outfits in NCAA Division I. ACU leads the nation in turnovers forced and turnovers per game; is second in total steals; fifth in scoring margin, total assists and assists per game; and eighth in scoring defense.

Kohl, a senior, started all 27 games this season and leads ACU in scoring (12.3 points per game). He was voted Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament MVP the first weekend of the season, first team All-Southland and All-Southland Tournament. He had three 20-point scoring games in 2020-21 and hit the game-winning shot as time expired at Stephen F. Austin to complete his team’s season sweep of the Lumberjacks.

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