ATLANTA – University of Miami men’s head basketball coach Jim Larranaga capped off the most successful season since the Hurricanes joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) by taking home the 2013 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The award was presented to Larranaga at the Naismith Awards Welcome Brunch in Atlanta.
Larranaga was chosen from a group of finalists that also included Saint Louis University coach Jim Crews, Gonzaga University coach Mark Few and Georgetown University coach John Thompson III. Larranaga was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s National Voting Academy, which based its criteria on the coaches’ performances throughout the 2013 men’s college basketball season. First created in 1987, Indiana’s Bob Knight claimed the inaugural award.
“Coach Larranaga led the Hurricanes’ resurgence to tremendous heights, and clearly has made the program a key force in the ACC in just two years, which is no easy feat,” said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “His success really stood out among all the great coaching performances during the season.”
“It’s humbling and really an honor to receive a national award like this, especially, in the name of the founder of our game, Dr. James Naismith,” said Coach Larranaga. “I greatly appreciate the recognition by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, its membership and its voting academy to select me because there are so many great coaches in the country. This really is a team award that represents a lot of hard work by my staff and our players.”