Neal Hopkins named EABL West Conference Coach of the Year


PRESTON, Lancs. — Myerscough head coach Neal Hopkins has been named the EABL West Conference Coach of the Year, the league announced Wednesday.

Hopkins led Myerscough to its fourth regular season conference title and first since 2015-16. He guided Sco to an 11-1 record in league play, which included an eight-game win streak to claim the West Conference on the final day.

It is the third time Hopkins has received the award as he won the honour in consecutive seasons — the first came in 2014-15 when Myerscough won both the regular season and playoff championships.

Hopkins led the top-ranked offence in the conference, which improved its scoring by an average 15.6 points per game. Myerscough also excelled defensively allowing just 63.1 points and forced opponents into 20-plus turnovers.

Hopkins has amassed a 55-8 regular season league record in five seasons, and is 63-11 including the playoffs as head coach at Myerscough. He’s made the playoff in each season and has reached the final on three occasions, including this year.

Hopkins will look for his second EABL Championship when Myerscough plays Barking Abbey on Thursday. No. 1 seed Myerscough defeated City of London and Canterbury to reach the final. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at Leicester Arena in Leicester.

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