National Association of Basketball Coaches

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is an American organization of men's college basketball coaches. It was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, head men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas.[1]

Formation of the NABC began when Joint Basketball Rules Committee, then the central governing authority of the game, announced without notice that it had adopted a change in the rules which virtually eliminated dribbling. Allen, a student of basketball founder James Naismith, organized a nationwide protest which ultimately resulted in the dribble remaining part of the game.[2]

In 1939, the NABC held the first national basketball tournament in Evanston, Illinois at the Northwestern Fieldhouse.[1] Oregon defeated Ohio State for the first tournament championship. The next year, the NABC asked the NCAA to take over the administration of the tournament.[1] In exchange, the NCAA provided complimentary tickets for NABC members to the Finals and placed an NABC member on its Tournament Committee.[1]

NABC initiatives include establishing the original Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the format of today's NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center arena in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This facility was completed on October 10, 2007.



NABC annually names its All-District Teams, which honors the top Division I players in each district. Regions are divided by college athletic conferences.

NABC Districts[3][4]
District Conferences
1America East Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
2Atlantic Coast Conference
3Atlantic Sun Conference
Big South Conference
4Atlantic 10 Conference
5Big East Conference
6Big Sky Conference
Western Athletic Conference
7Big Ten Conference
8Big 12 Conference
9Big West Conference
West Coast Conference
10Colonial Athletic Association
11Conference USA
12Horizon League
The Summit League
13Ivy League
Patriot League
Independents (none since 2014–15)
14Mid-American Conference
15Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
16Missouri Valley Conference
17Mountain West Conference
18Northeast Conference
19Ohio Valley Conference
20Pac-12 Conference
21Southeastern Conference
22Southern Conference
23Southland Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference
24Sun Belt Conference
25American Athletic Conference


See also


  1. "Key Dates in NABC History". Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  2. "What is the NABC and what does it do?". Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  3. "2009-10 NABC Division I District Alignment" (PDF). Archived from the original on March 13, 2013.
  4. "National Association of Basketball Coaches Announces 2014-15 Division I All-District Teams and UPS All-District Coaches" (PDF) (Press release). National Association of Basketball Coaches. March 27, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
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