By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Western Illinois University men's basketball program is reaping the rewards of its best season as an NCAA Division I school.
Leatherneck coach Jim Molinari was named the Summit League Coach of the Year after guiding the Leathernecks to a share of the league's regular-season championship.
WIU is 21-7 overall and went 13-3 in the Summit, earning the No. 2 seed for this weekend's conference tournament.
This is the third Coach of the Year honor for Molinari, who is in his fifth season at WIU.
He was named the Mid-Continent Conference's top coach in 1991 with Northern Illinois and the Missouri Valley Conference's top coach in 1996 with Bradley.
Meanwhile, WIU senior center Terell Park was named the Summit League's Defensive Player of the Year and joined senior guard Ceola Clark III on the all-league first team.
Parks led Summit in rebounding (9.6 per game) and blocked shots (65) while averaging 12.7 points per game.
Clark, who earned his second All-Summit first-team honor and third all-league honors overall, averaged 12.3 points to go along with 119 assists and 49 steals.
WIU junior forward Adam Link, a transfer from Otero Junior College, was named to the all-newcomer team after averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.