ECK ENSHRINED INTO NJCAA COACHES HALL OF FAME MONDAY

Blue Dragon head coach Steve Eck speaks during his induction into the NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Monday during the NJCAA Tournament at the Sports Arena. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Blue Dragon head coach Steve Eck speaks during his induction into the NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Monday during the NJCAA Tournament at the Sports Arena. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

While he would have much rather been at the Sports Arena on Monday night with his team playing in the NJCAA Tournament, Hutchinson Community College men's basketball coach Steve Eck still had a pretty special night.

Eck was one of three coaches who were officially inducted into the NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony was at halftime of the Sheridan College/Kaskaskia College opening-round match.

Joining Eck in the 2019 Class is Moberly Area College head coach Pat Smith and Owens Community College head coach Jim Welling.

Eck becomes the 10th Hutchinson-affiliated member inducted into the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Eck has been Hutchinson's head coach since the 2009-10 season. Over that span the Haven native has amassed a school-record 286 coaching victories and a record of 286-61. The Blue Dragons have won a pair of Jayhawk Conference championships and two Region VI titles. The Dragons had a run of five NJCAA Tournaments appearances snapped when the Dragons lost to Seward County in the Region VI Tournament championship game.

Hutchinson finished the 2016 season as the national runner-up. The 2017 Blue Dragons won the NJCAA national championship, the third in school history.

Eck was named the 2017 NJCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.

Eck has coaches at four junior college programs – Butler, Redlands, Cowley and Hutchinson.

Overall in 21 junior college seasons Eck has a junior college record of 608-113.

Eck has won two national championships, also capturing the 2002 Division I national crown at Redlands. He also has two national runner-up finishes. In addition to Hutchinson in 2016, Redlands was the Division I runner-up in 2003.