|ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Texas Coach
Rick Barnes has been selected to receive the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association's Good Guy Award for coaching excellence
and for cooperation with the media, it was announced today by USBWA
President Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Barnes will be presented with the Good Guy Award on Friday, April
1, at the USBWA's annual college basketball awards breakfast, held
in conjunction with this year's NCAA Final Four in Houston. The
breakfast will also honor the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Henry Iba
Award winners as well as Rice's Arsalan Kazemi, the USBWA's
Most Courageous Award winner, and will pay tribute to the University
of Houston's legendary "Phi Slama Jama" teams.
Known for spending plenty of time in person or on the phone with
members of the media, Barnes joins retired coaches Tom Brennan of
Vermont and Gene Keady of Purdue and current coaches Tom Izzo of
Michigan State and Ron Hunter of IUPUI as past winners of the Good
Guy Award given to media-friendly coaches.
Since arriving on the Longhorn campus 13 years ago, Barnes has
moved the Texas program into one of the nation's elite. He is the
winningest coach in Texas history with a 322-123 record and has
guided Texas to a school-record 13 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances,
including one trip to the Final Four in 2003 and five "Sweet 16"
appearances. Earlier this season, Texas rose to a No. 3 national
ranking for three weeks in The Associated Press poll.
In 2009, Barnes received the John Wooden "Legends of Coaching"
Award given to coaches who exemplify Wooden's high standards of
coaching success and philosophy, personal achievement, character
and graduation rate of student-athletes.
Tickets for the USBWA Awards Breakfast in Houston are $75 each
and can be purchased online at usbwa.com. The breakfast will begin
at 8 a.m. and will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center
in the George Bush Ballroom.
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 award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4325.