THE JIM PHELAN AWARD
JAN. 6, 2014
BO RYAN EARNS MID-SEASON HONORS
BOSTON, MA -- After leading Wisconsin to its best start in 100 years, Bo Ryan is the recipient of the Jim Phelan award mid-season coaching honors.
"Any discussion about the best coaches in the game should include Bo Ryan," says CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. "This is nothing new for Bo. He's been one of the game's best for three decades."
Wisconsin finished the first half of the season 14-0, the best since the Badgers began 15-0 during the 1913-14 campaign. The Badgers own the top spot on ESPN’s RPI, going undefeated in the non-conference vs. teams with a combined record of 100-47 (.680) in all other games. The defensive-minded Badgers have topped 80 points in 5 games and averaging 75.1 ppg, which is up 10.1 ppg from last season.
The Jim Phelan Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I coach. The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.
When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in over 1,300 games in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.