MISHAWAKA — Bethel College's Mike Lightfoot will be among other honorees during the National Association of Basketball Coaches Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 6, as part of NCAA Final Four weekend in Dallas.
Lightfoot will be saluted for reaching his 700th career victory this season. He reached the milestone in 960 games, making him the 18th quickest men's coach ever for all levels and the third quickest in NAIA.
Lightfoot is 712-263 for over 27 years heading up the Pilots. Among his achievements, he has has guided Bethel to three national titles (1995, 1997 and 1998) and two other NAIA Division II Final Fours, the most recent in 2009. He has won NAIA National Coach of the Year honors twice, 10 conference regular-season titles and eight league tourney crowns.
The Pilots went 28-8 this past season, reaching the NAIA D-II Elite Eight.