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Bethel's Lightfoot to be honored at NCAA Final Four

By Pete Byrne
Published On: Mar 27 2014 04:54:22 PM CDT

Bethel College basketball coach Mike Lightfoot, who will be honored at next weekend's Final 4 in Dallas, spoke 1-on-1 with WSBT Sports Director Pete Byrne.

MISHAWAKA -

Longtime Bethel College men's basketball coach Mike Lightfoot will be honored at the Final Four next weekend in Dallas, Texas.

Lightfoot will be given the NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Award at the annual season ending awards banquet.

"It's really special," Lightfoot says.

"You think we're a small school here in Indiana, and to be at the event with the 'big dogs' as I call them, the division one coaches and players, to be recognized at the same time is pretty special."

This event features and honors the top players and coaches in all of men's college basketball.

Lightfoot will be horned for becoming the 18th quickest coach in all of basketball to reach 700 career wins. The evening will also feature the presentation of the 2014 Naismith Trophy given to the nation's most outstanding player as well as appearances by the coaches in the NCAA Championship Game.

In addition to coach and player of the year awards, the Big Man and Defensive Player of the Year awards are presented along with the prestigious NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Awards.

The Guardians Awards recognizes National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) who exemplify one of the four Guardians of the Game core values. Each year, outstanding NABC coaches from all levels are be honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the game, student-athletes and society.

Guardians of the Game is a national awareness and education program led by the NABC. The goal of the program is to focus attention on the positive aspects of basketball and the role coaches play in the lives of student-athletes, in addition to the contributions coaches make to their communities.

"It means you stand for what is right: the integrity of the game," Lightfoot said." "Trying to do things the right way. That's what we've done here at Bethel and to be recognized for it is really a special time for us."