Barry Named Unanimous No. 1 in Division II Men’s ITA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

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After securing their second-straight NCAA Championship in 2021, the Barry Buccaneers will enter this spring atop the rankings earning all eight first-place votes in the January 20 Division II Men’s ITA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Returning all but two players, the Buccaneers first-year Head Coach Thomas Hipp will have high expectations to meet this season as he looks to build on the success of former Head Coach, Dr. George Samuel.

The 2021 NCAA National Runners-Up, Columbus State enter this season as the No. 2-ranked team in the country, while Saint Leo (No. 3), Hawaii Hilo (No. 4), and Valdosta State (No. 5) round out the top-five.

Across the country, the South and Southeast regions stand out amongst the field combining to have 14 schools in the Preseason Coaches Poll, including seven of the Top-10 teams.

The Gulf South Conference leads all conferences with five teams in the Top-25, while the Pacific West Conference, Peach Belt Conference, and Sunshine State Conference all have four teams represented.

*The ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the ITA National Ranking Committee. The National Ranking Committee is made up of the 8 ITA Region Chairs, with each chair casting an individual, secret ballot.

Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

RankTeam
1Barry University (9)
2Columbus State University
3Saint Leo University
4Univ. of Hawaii, Hilo
5Valdosta State University
6Univ. of West Florida
7Univ. of Indianapolis
8Lander University
9Hawaii Pacific University
10University of North Georgia
11Delta State University
12Azusa Pacific University
13Lynn University
14Auburn University Montgomery
15Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
16Northwest Missouri State
17Concordia University (Irvine)
18University of Texas at Tyler
19Southwest Baptist University
20Wingate University
21Washburn University
22Southern Arkansas University
23Tusculum University
24Drury University
25University of West Alabama

Others Receiving Votes (Alphabetical): Biola University, Cameron University, Flagler College, Hillsdale College, Ouachita Baptist University, Queens University of Charlotte, Rollins College, St. Mary’s University (Texas)

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