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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Miami's Jim Larranaga 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.
Larranaga will be recognized by the USBWA on Friday, April 5, at a 9:15 a.m. ET news conference in Atlanta in conjunction with the Final Four. The winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the national player of the year will also be announced in Atlanta at that time.
Larranaga will be formally presented with the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award on Monday, April 15, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will also be presented that evening.
In his second season at Miami, Larranaga, 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.
"Coach is not only the best coach in my eyes but one of the best people I've ever met," said Durand Scott. "His arrival to the University of Miami has been life-changing to the entire community."
The USBWA District IV Coach of the Year and the ACC Coach of the Year has guided the Hurricanes to a school-record 27 wins, including a 15-3 mark in ACC play. Miami opened conference play with 13 straight wins. Currently ranked 5th by the Associated Press, the Hurricanes have been ranked as high as No. 2 this season
"Jim Larranaga's story should inspire us all. He gave hope to hundreds of so-called 'mid-major' schools by leading George Mason to the Final Four in 2006," said USBWA President John Akers of Basketball Times. "Then, in just two seasons at Miami, he convinced a bunch of players who had known mostly disappointment to buy in for what has been a dream season. Truly inspirational."
"Coach L definitely deserves this award because of his passion for the game of basketball and his dedication to the team and the University of Miami," said Shane Larkin. "He said he would take this program to the top, and in only year two, we are ACC Champions."
Including this season, Larranaga now boasts a 517-353 (59.4 winning percentage) overall career record in 29 seasons as a college head coach. Prior to coming to Miami, Larranaga was 273-164 in 14 seasons at George Mason, including 13 straight winning seasons, five NCAA Tournament appearances and the school's memorable 2006 Final Four run.
"Coach L is a players coach," said Trey McKinney Jones. "He is great at relating to us on a personal level as well as a coaching level. He is a great teacher whose life lessons will stick with me for the rest of my life."
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.
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Awesome news.. Well deserved. Congrats Coach!
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congrats to coach larranaga! the awards keep piling up for this team and they are well deserved. with this ncaa cloud starting to clear up and them being a punching bag in the media right now, this canes team have put Miami back on the map and have been a hot topic on multiple media outlets. they play with the swag miami has been know for and its fun to watch!! again congrats to the ACC Champs!!
Also named coach of the year by the ACC coaches
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami’s Jim Larranaga, who guided the Hurricanes to their first Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and ACC Tournament championships, has been named the 2013 ACC Basketball Coach of the Year in a vote of his fellow head coaches.
Larranaga was named on nine of a possible 11 ballots (coaches were not allowed to vote for themselves) in voting conducted prior to the start of last week’s ACC Tournament. Larranaga received nine votes, while Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Virginia’s Tony Bennett each received one.
After being picked for a fifth-place finish in preseason, Miami won its first 13 conference games and finished atop the league with a 15-3 ACC mark. Larranaga’s team then swept three games in the ACC Tournament behind the play of MVP Shane Larkin to claim it first ACC basketball title.
The Hurricanes will enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 regional seed and with an overall record of 27-6 - the most wins in program history. Miami was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally, defeated No. 1 Duke and hosted five capacity crowds at the BankUnited Center this season, all firsts for the program.
Larranaga, 63, is in his second season as Miami's head coach. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Larranaga spent 14 seasons at George Mason University, where he led the Patriots to the 2006 Final Four. He also spent 11 seasons at Bowling Green and two seasons at American International. In 29 seasons as a head coach, the 1971 Providence College graduate has a career record of 514-353.
Larranaga, who also worked as an assistant at Virginia under former head coach Terry Holland, has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2013 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.
2013 ACC Coach of the Year
(With votes received)
Jim Larranaga, Miami 9
Tony Bennett, Virginia 1
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 1
Roy Williams, North Carolina 1
Congrats coach - well deserved!! Coach L's prep work, confidence, and calm demeanor is contagious and you can see kids reaching their potential under his system. Our old AD left the U in a blur but hiring Golden and Larrinaga was HUGE. AG is next this fall
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