BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Behind the most successful season in the past 30 years, the No. 4 Alabama-Huntsville men's basketball team has begun to rake in postseason honors. UAH head coach Lennie Acuff has been named the 2010-11 Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Year and sophomore forward Zane Campbell (West Limestone) has been named 2010-11 GSC East Player of the Year as announced by the league on Monday. Campbell was also a All-GSC First-Team selection along with UAH junior guard Josh Magette (Birmingham). Sophomore guard Jaime Smith (Birmingham) rounded out the selections for the Chargers with a second-team All-GSC nod.
Acuff's selection as the top coach in the East Division is the second-straight honor for the 14-year veteran coach and fifth time in his career, tying him for the most in GSC history with Delta State legend Steve Rives. Acuff has guided the Chargers to new heights this season with the highest Division II ranking in school history at No. 4 and UAH's first outright East Division crown since 2002-03.
After earning 2009-10 GSC East Division Freshman of the Year honors, Campbell is the first sophomore to pick up the league's top honors since 2004-05 and is the first Charger to earn the disctinction since Zach Carpenter won the award in 2003-04. A 2009-10 second-team All-GSC selection, Campbell leads the Chargers averaging 13.6 points-per-contest this season.
The selections for Campbell and Magette to the All-GSC squad were the second for the duo as both were member of the 2009-10 All-GSC Second Team
The Chargers head to Southaven, MIss., this week as the top seed from the East in the 2011 GSC Tournament. UAH opens play on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. taking on Arkansas-Monticello, the fourth seed from the West division.