ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – 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
Marshall will be recognized by the USBWA on Friday, April 4, at
a 10:15 a.m. CT news conference in Arlington, Texas, in conjunction with the Final Four.
The winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the
national player of the year will also be announced at AT&T
Marshall will be formally presented
with the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award on Monday, April 14, at the
Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala in
Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will also be presented
that evening. The gala will be seven years to the day that
Marshall was hired at Wichita State after a hugely successful
stint at Winthrop.
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).
The USBWA District VI Coach of the Year and the Missouri
Valley Conference Coach of the Year guided the Shockers to a No.
2 national ranking and the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region
before being eliminated in the second round of the NCAA
Tournament by Kentucky. For the second straight season, Wichita
State recorded 30 wins in earning a third straight NCAA Tournament berth. Wichita State
became the first team in NCAA history to win its first 35 games
as the Shockers shattered the school's 60-year-old school-record
winning streak (14 games in 1953-54).
"Gregg Marshall has established himself as one of the
nation's top coaches, first at Winthrop and now at Wichita
State," said USBWA President Kirk Wessler of the Peoria
Journal Star. "But the job he did this season, coaching his
team to an unbeaten regular-season record and the historic
accomplishment of becoming the first team to win 35 games
without a loss, was transcendent."
Including this season, the Greenwood, S.C., native now boasts a
368-154 (.704 winning percentage) overall
career record in 16 seasons as a college head coach. Prior to coming to
Wichita State, Marshall was 194-83 in nine seasons at Winthrop,
including seven NCAA Tournament
appearances and six Big South Conference titles.
The Henry Iba Award is named in honor of the legendary
Oklahoma State coach who won 655 games and two national
championships in 36 seasons in Stillwater. The award is voted on
by all members of the USBWA at the conclusion of the regular
season. The USBWA has presented a National Coach of the Year
Award each year since the 1958-59 season.
This season, the USBWA selected ten finalists for the award:
John Beilein, Michigan; Tony Bennett, Virginia; Larry Brown,
SMU; Jim Crews, Saint Louis; Mick Cronin, Cincinnati; Billy
Donovan, Florida; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Greg McDermott,
Creighton; and Jay Wright, Villanova.
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy
College Basketball Awards are available at
collegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515,
The April 14 banquet will also honor Duke forward Jabari Parker with the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as
the national freshman of the year and Kansas coach Bill Self as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.
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 314-795-6821.
• Henry Iba Coach of the Year