United States Basketball Writers Association HENRY IBA AWARD
Presented to the National Coach of the Year
Henry Iba won 655 games as a head coach at Oklahoma A&M

Thu., Feb. 27, 2014: Finalists for the 2014 Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award named: The ten coaches placed on the ballot for the Henry Iba Award are: John Beilein, Michigan; Tony Bennett, Virginia; Larry Brown, SMU; Jim Crews, Saint Louis; Mick Cronin, Cincinnati; Billy Donovan, Florida; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Gregg Marshall, Wichita State; Greg McDermott, Creighton; and Jay Wright, Villanova.

For more than four decades, Henry P. "Hank" Iba reigned as the "Iron Duke of Defense" in college basketball, including 36 years at Oklahoma State University (formerly Oklahoma A&M). He led Oklahoma A&M to NCAA championships in 1945 and '46, and he directed the U.S. Olympic team to two gold medals in 1964 and '68 and one silver medal in '72.

His A&M/OSU teams won 655 games and lost 316 for a .675 percentage. He also coached A&M baseball until 1941 with a 90-41 record (a .687 winning percentage), and he assumed the role of athletic director less than a year after arriving on campus. His basketball teams were known for their tough, man-for-man defenses and for the "Iba deep freeze" in the final minutes of close games, but he adjusted to major changes such as the jump shot and bonus free throws.

Iba, born in Easton, Mo., on Aug. 6, 1904, started his basketball coaching career at Oklahoma City's Classen High School, where the Comets earned a 51-5 record in two years and won the state championship in 1928-29. He led Maryville Teachers College in Missouri to a 101-14 record before coaching at the University of Colorado for one year and then moving to Oklahoma A&M in 1935. Overall, his teams won 767 college games.

His 1945-46 NCAA champions were led by Bob Kurland, the game's first seven-foot player. They beat NYU in the 1945 finals and North Carolina in the 1946 finals. He was voted coach of the year in both seasons. His 1945 champions also defeated National Invitation Tournament champion, DePaul, and 6-9 center George Mikan in a classic Red Cross Benefit game.

Iba held the dual position of basketball coach and athletic director until he retired in 1970. He was elected to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Missouri Hall of Fame, the Helms Foundation All-Time Hall of Fame for basketball, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield, Mass. Henry Iba died on January 15, 1993, at Stillwater, Okla.

— Source: Oklahoma Historical Society

2014 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
Wichita State's Gregg Marshall is the 2013-14 recipient of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In his seventh season at Wichita State, Marshall, 51, led the Shockers to a 35-1 record, including a 30-0 regular season, an 18-0 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference and the conference's regular-season and tournament titles. For the fifth straight season, the Shockers won at least 25 games and Marshall's career mark at Wichita State is a remarkable 174-71 (.710 winning percentage).

Miami's Jim Larrañaga breathed new life into the Hurricane program in just two seasons on the job.

2013 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Jim Larrañaga, Miami
Miami's Jim Larrañaga is the 2012-13 recipient of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In his second season at Miami, Larrañaga, 63, has led the Hurricanes to a 27-6 record, including the school's first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The 'Canes will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 as a No. 2 seed in the East Region.

2012 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Frank Haith, Missouri
Missouri's Frank Haith, the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, is the 2012 recipient of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In his first season at Missouri, the USBWA District VI Coach of the Year guided a team that was ranked 25th in the Associated Press' preseason poll and picked fourth in the Big 12 to unexpected heights. Playing with only seven scholarship players for the most of the season but with a core of seniors in the lineup, Missouri won 18 of its first 19 games.

2011 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Mike Brey, Notre Dame
Notre Dame's Mike Brey, the Big East Conference Coach of the Year, is the 2011 recipient of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Despite entering the season unranked, the Fighting Irish rose to as high as No. 4 in the nation in March and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Led by second-team USBWA All-American Ben Hansbrough, the Fighting Irish finished the season with a modern-era school record 27 wins, including 25 in the regular season. The No. 2 seed was the school's highest since the 1981 team was also a second seed and Notre Dame's 14 Big East Conference wins tied a school mark.

2010 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, the winningest coach in Big East Conference history and the second winningest active coach in Division I basketball, is this year’s recipient Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In a season in which Boeheim won his 800th career game, Syracuse captured its first outright Big East regular-season title since 1991 and was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll on March 1.

Kansas' Bill Self accepts the Henry Iba Award (Photo: Aaron Eckels)

2009 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas
Bill Self, who led the Kansas Jayhawks to a Big 12 regular season title despite not having one starter return from last year’s national championship team, is this year’s recipient of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award. With a team picked to finish third in the conference in the preseason, Self had just one player with much experience returning from a year ago – guard Sherron Collins, who had a 2.2 scoring average last season. But Self molded the Jayhawks into a contender early and they came on strong down the stretch to finish with a 25-6 regular season record, a 14-2 mark in the Big 12 and a top 10 national ranking. The Big 12 named him coach of the year in the conference.

2008 Henry Iba Coach of the Year: Keno Davis, Drake
First-year Drake University Coach Keno Davis, who guided the Bulldogs to the school's first NCAA tournament berth and first Missouri Valley Conference championship in 37 years, has been selected winner of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Davis, 36, engineered Drake to a surprise regular season MVC championship, its first since 1971, and the school's first-ever MVC tournament championship. Drake won 21 straight games at one point, en route to a school-record 28-4 record entering the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs were nationally-ranked for eight straight weeks in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls during the regular season. The Henry Iba Award for Davis marks the first time a Drake basketball coach has been named national coach of the year since coaching legend Maury John was honored in 1969 by the USBWA.

2014 Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
2013 Jim Larrañaga, Miami (Fla.)
2012 Frank Haith, Missouri
2011 Mike Brey, Notre Dame
2010 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
2009 Bill Self, Kansas
2008 Keno Davis, Drake
2007 Tony Bennett, Washington State
2006 Roy Williams, North Carolina
2005 Bruce Weber, Illinois
2004 Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's
2003 Tubby Smith, Kentucky
2002 Ben Howland, Pittsburgh
2001 Al Skinner, Boston College
2000 Larry Eustacy, Iowa State
1999 Cliff Ellis, Auburn
1998 Tom Izzo, Michigan State
1997 Clem Haskins, Minnesota
1996 Gene Keady, Purdue
1995 Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma
1994 Charlie Spoonhour, Saint Louis
1993 Eddie Fogler, Vanderbilt
1992 Perry Clark, Tulane
1991 Randy Ayers, Ohio State
1990 Roy Williams, Kansas
1989 Bob Knight, Indiana
1988 John Chaney, Temple
1987 John Chaney, Temple
1986 Dick Versace, Bradley
1985 Lou Carnesecca, St. John's
1984 Gene Keady, Purdue
1983 Lou Carnesecca, St. John's
1982 John Thompson, Georgetown
1981 Ralph Miller, Oregon State
1980 Ray Meyer, DePaul
1979 Dean Smith, North Carolina
1978 Ray Meyer, DePaul
1977 Eddie Sutton, Arkansas
1976 Johnny Orr, Michigan
1975 Bob Knight, Indiana
1974 Norm Sloan, N.C. State
1973 John Wooden, UCLA
1972 John Wooden, UCLA
1971 John Wooden, UCLA
1970 John Wooden, UCLA
1969 Maury John, Drake
1968 Guy Lewis, Houston
1967 John Wooden, UCLA
1966 Adolph Rupp, Kentucky
1965 Bill Van Breda Kolff, Princeton
1964 John Wooden, UCLA
1963 Ed Jucker, Cincinnati
1962 Fred Taylor, Ohio State
1961 Fred Taylor, Ohio State
1960 Pete Newell, California
1959 Eddie Hickey, Marquette