Niagara University coach Greg Paulus has been awarded the Joe B. Hall Award, which is given annually to the top first-year coach in NCAA Division I college basketball.
Niagara announced the honor Monday night. Paulus took over as Niagara's interim head coach in October, and was promoted to head coach in November.
The Purple Eagles were 12-20 and 9-11 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and won a game in the MAAC Tournament for the first time in three seasons after they beat Marist in the first round.
The Purple Eagles finished among the top 25 teams in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (10.6), fewest total turnovers (338), in turnover margin (3.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (.372). Niagara led the MAAC in those four categories. Niagara also had the best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.13) in the MAAC.