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Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller has been named an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honoree.

Muller led the 2016-17 Redbird hoops squad to a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title, a 28-7 overall record and 17-1 in the MVC, which was good enough to set new program records in total wins and conference wins.

The 2016-17 MVC regular season title was the program's first since the 1997-98 season, when Muller was a senior at Illinois State.

Muller's group earned themselves No.1 seed in the NIT, which was the second NIT appearance in three seasons for the Redbirds.

Illinois State led the MVC with a scoring defense of 61.3 points per game, which was good enough to rank fifth in the nation. The defense also set a program record in defensive field goal percentage with a mark of 37.9.

Through five seasons at the helm of Illinois State has accumulated a career record 104-65, including three postseason appearances.

Muller will share the statewide accolade with Northwestern's Chris Collins, who led the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

The IBCA Coach of the Year honorees will be announced at the IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet on May 6 at Redbird Arena.

MICHAEL MARRA is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted atvidette_mmarra@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @MikeMarraILSTU

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