Self wins Naismith Coach of the Year
NEW ORLEANS — Kansas head coach Bill Self was named the*2012 Naismith Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on*Sunday. This accolade makes Kansas the only university to have three different Naismith Men’s*College Coach of the Year winners, as Self joins 1988 winner Larry Brown and 1997 winner Roy*Williams. Self edged out finalists Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Frank*Haith (Missouri) to win the most prestigious national award presented annually to the top men’s*college basketball coach.
Self was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s National Voting Academy, comprised of leading*basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The academy*based its criteria on coaching performances this season. The vote was tabulated and certified*by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. HA&W is the largest independent*accounting firm in Georgia and one of the top 50 firms in the United States.*
“Bill has done a remarkable coaching job this season and deserves all the accolades that come*his way,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “There’s always*something special about adding another chapter of Kansas basketball to the Naismith Awards*family.”
In his ninth season at Kansas, Self led the Jayhawks to a 31-7 record, including a perfect 16-0*at home, leading them to a record eighth consecutive regular season Big 12 title and earning his*second consecutive Big 12 Coach of the Year award. He owns a 269-52 record at the school*and a 476-157 overall career record, including a national championship with the Jayhawks in*2008.
“This is a terrific honor. When you think of postseason awards, anything that has [James]*Nasmith’s name in front of it is a huge award and certainly I’m very proud of this,” Self said. “It is*a reflection of how our team performed all year long. There are so many good coaches out there*to choose from but I am honored they picked me.”
Entering the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I tournament as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region, the Jayhawks defeated No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 2 seed Ohio State to reach their second NCAA Championship game in four years.