KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 11, 2013) -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced former Albion College coach Mike Turner and former York (Pa.) College coach Jeff Gamber as the head coaches for the 2013 Reese's® Division III College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the 2013 NCAA® Division III Men's Basketball Championship. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are the official candy partner of the NCAA.
The Reese's Division III College All-Star game will be played on Saturday, March 23, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT), prior to the NCAA Division III semifinals, at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III and two seniors are been selected through online voting by fans on D3hoops.com.
This year's NCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Championship game will be played at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. The game is being played as the NCAA celebrates 75 years of March Madness®.
Turner, the 2009 recipient of the NABC Division III Coaches' Distinguished Service Award, is the head coach of the West team. He was head coach at Albion College for 38 seasons and completed his coaching career with a record of 527-319, the most victories of any coach in program history. The former chair of the NCAA Division III men's basketball committee, Turner led his teams to four NCAA Division III tournaments and finished third in the nation in 1978. Turner and his wife Peg, a grade school teacher, also founded the Albion College Student-Athlete Mentoring Program in which Albion student-athletes tutor, read, and mentor over 250 grade school children annually.
Gamber, the head coach at York College for 36 seasons, retired with a 493-425 record as the all-time leader in career wins at York. The 1997 recipient of the NABC Division III Coaches' Distinguished Service Award, he is the former chair of the NCAA Division III men's basketball committee and was also honored as the NABC Division III National Coach of the Year in 2005, as he led York to the NCAA semifinals. Gamber developed the "Three Point Attack" program, which helped raise funds for cancer research and the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer program.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, PA, The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and more than 12,000 employees. With revenues of nearly $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark and Hershey's Extra Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Ice Breakers. Hershey also is a leader in the premium and artisan chocolate segments, with such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba, offered through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company's global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.
Release Courtesy of the NABC