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West Virginia's Bob Huggins accepts the 2015 Jim Phelan award at the CollegeInsider.com Award's Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

April 4, 2016


HOUSTON, TX -- Wisconsin's Greg Gard is the recipient of the 2016 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.

Gard took over in mid-December, after Bo Ryan unexpectedly resigned. The Badgers were 9-9 and 1-4 in the Big Ten. After Gard took over the Badgers posted a 13-4 record, which earned them their 18th-consecutive trip to the Big Dance, the fifth-longest streak in NCAA history. Wisconsin finished the season 22-13 and a trip to the Sweet 16.

The Phelan award is presented annually to the top coach in division I men's basketball. Phelan led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he had amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.


Dana Altman, Oregon
Chris Beard, Little Rock
Tony Bennett, Virginia
Tom Crean, Indiana
Steve Fisher, San Diego State
Eran Ganot, Hawaii
Greg Gard, Wisconsin
Bob Huggins, West Virginia
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James Jones, Yale
Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M
Jim Larranaga, Miami
Chris Mack, Xavier
Frank Martin, South Carolina
Archie Miller, Dayton
King Rice, Monmouth
Kelvin Sampson, Houston
Bill Self, Kansas
Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin
Roy Williams, North Carolina
Jay Wright, Villanova


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