KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team, representing 30 of the most outstanding men's college basketball coaches under the age of 30, and Amherst College men's basketball assistant Aaron Toomey '14 was among the honorees.
Toomey just completed his fifth season on the Amherst sidelines working alongside Dave Hixon '75, who was his coach from 2010-14, when Toomey helped lead the Mammoths to three straight NESCAC titles.
After graduating from Amherst, Tomey signed a professional contract to play in Madrid, but returned to the Pioneer Valley midway through the 2014-15 season after an injury overseas, and has blossomed on the bench since then.
"Being named a member of this year's Under Armour 30 Under 30 team is a great honor. There are a ton of great young coaches throughout the country at all levels that work incredibly hard to help their programs. To be recognized as one of the 30 this year and be chosen to accept the award in Minneapolis was special."
A four-year member of the Amherst College men's basketball team, Toomey is the all-time leading scorer in Amherst College history (2,033 points) and the only player to score more than 2,000 points in a career. He also holds the school mark for free-throws made (606) and three-pointers made (291).
The Greensboro, N.C. native has become a fixture on the bench as Hixon's top assistant. He has taken on a sizeable role of basketball operations for the Mammoths, including recruiting, film breakdown and practice plans.
On January 16th of this year, Toomey took the reins of the team for an enormous Little Three game against #3 Williams College, with the Ephs coming to LeFrak 15-0 on the year. While Hixon, who was away from the team after the loss of his mother, watched on live stream, Toomey led the Mammoths back from an 11-point second half deficit to a 63-62 win over Williams.
"This a terrific award for any young coach and Aaron is certainly deserving of it," said Hixon. "I've really enjoyed working with Aaron on the bench next to me and for him to take the team in my absence and beat Williams in a home win tells you about him as a coach!"
Toomey received the 30-Under-30 award on behalf of the entire team on stage at the NABC 'Guardians of the Game' Awards last week in Minneapolis, in conjunction with the Division 1 Final Four.
He is no stranger to the NABC Awards stage, as he was named NABC Player of the Year in 2012-13 and was a two-time All-American from the organization.
2019 NABC Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team
Tramel Barnes-Utah State University
Jordan Brooks-Howard University
Nathan Bollinger-Saint Vincent College
Michael Lenahan-UC Irvine
Brandon Dunson-University of Nevada
Austin Falke-Texas Lutheran University
Scott Faucher-Nichols College
Jordan Fee-Nova Southeastern University
Chase Goldstein-Florida State University
Ryan Grandits-Daemen College
Corey Hendren-USC Aiken
Alex Herman-Mayville State University
Bryan Joel-University of Chicago
Ryan Kirsch-Kirkwood Community College
Michael Lamberti-West Liberty University
Timothy MacAllister-Texas Tech University
Chelsea Mangino-Liberty University
Graham Maxwell-Emmanuel College (GA)
Martin McCann-Palm Beach State College
Barrett Meyer-Georgetown College
Pat Moore-Colgate University
Jason O'Connell-Cairn University
Jeremy Shardo-Walsh University
Inder Singh-Crown College
Joel Smith-University of New Haven
Bryan Smothers-University of Michigan
Aaron Toomey-Amherst College
Thomas Wilk-Morrisville State College
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., 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 nabc.com.