ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Bill Self, who led the Kansas
Jayhawks to a Big 12 regular season title despite not having one
starter return from last years national championship team, is this
years 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
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.
The regular season conference championship was Kansas' ninth
in the 13-year history of the Big 12. Kansas has now won or shared
each of the last five Big 12 regular-season titles, all under Self.
In six seasons at Kansas, Self has an 81.3 winning percentage and
has led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2004, '07 and '08.
Kansas has advanced to the regional semifinals this season.
Now in his 16th year as a head coach, Self has won nine league
crowns in the last 11 years and has guided teams to 11 straight
20-win seasons. Self has had previous coaching stops at Oral Roberts,
Tulsa and Illinois before coming to Kansas for the 2003-04 season.
He is one of only four coaches in NCAA Division I history to have
led three different schools Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas to the
NCAA Elite Eight.
Winning the Henry Iba Award has special meaning for Self, who
is a 1985 graduate of Oklahoma State. Iba, whom the USBWA named
its coach of the year award after in 1993, is legendary for leading
Oklahoma State (known then as Oklahoma A&M) to national championships
in 1945 and '46 and the United States to two Olympic gold medals
in 1964 and '68. The USBWA Coach of the Year Award has been presented
since the 1958-59 season.
Self was chosen from among a list of finalists that included
Mike Anderson, Missouri; John Calipari, Memphis; Jeff Capel, Oklahoma;
Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh; Mike Montgomery, California; Stew Morrill,
Utah State; Matt Painter, Purdue; Oliver Purnell, Clemson; and Brad
Self will receive the Rawlings Henry Iba Award at the USBWA's College
Basketball Awards breakfast held in conjunction with the NCAA Final
Four in Detroit on Friday, April 3, at the Detroit Athletic Club
starting at 8 a.m. The Henry Iba Award for Self marks the second
time a Kansas coach has been named national coach of the year by
the USBWA. Roy Williams was honored in 1990 by the USBWA.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at
the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today,
it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball.
For more information on the USBWA and its awards, contact executive
director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.
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