BUTLER'S TODD LICKLITER EARNS JIM PHELAN MID-SEASON HONORS
Jan. 3, 2006
like his Bulldogs have done to the competition this season, Butler head
coach Todd Lickliter ran away with the Jim Phelan mid-season coaching
honors, more then doubling the point total of the runner-up Ben Howland
“Todd Lickliter has been a great coach for a long time, but Butler’s great
success this season has finally brought much deserved attention to his
abilities in all aspects of coaching,” says Joe Dwyer, editor-in-chief of
CollegeInsider.com. “This award represents more then just great coaching
ability. It also speaks to the character of the individual and Todd
Lickliter is certainly a first-class individual and very deserving on an
honor with Coach [Jim] Phelan’s name on it.”
Now in his sixth season as the head coach at Butler, Todd Lickliter has
helped to maintain the foundation that was laid by his predecessor (now
Athletics Director) Barry Collier. But this season he has taken the
program to new heights, which include the school’s highest national
ranking in more then half a century. What makes the great start even more
impressive is where the Bulldogs, currently 13-1, ere picked to finish,
before the start of the season.
When the Horizon League announced its preseason predictions, only three
programs were picked to finish lower then Butler. The coaches, sports
information directors and media members associated with the Horizon tabbed
Butler for a sixth-place finish in 2006-07. Just over two months later the
Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Major Top 25 and No. 13 in both the
Associated Press (A.P.) and the ESPN/USA Today polls released on New
Lickliter received 75 total points, including 9 first-place votes. UCLA’s
Ben Howland was second with 37 points, including 2 first-place votes.
Ernie Kent (Oregon), Jim Crews (Army), Bob Knight (Texas Tech), Bo Ryan
(Wisconsin), Sean Sutton (Oklahoma State) and Mark Turgeon (Wichita State)
also received first-place votes.
Last season Florida’s Billy Donovan received mid-season honors, while UCLA
head coach Ben Howland was presented with the Jim Phelan National Coach of
the Year award at the Final Four, in Indianapolis, IN.
The CollegeInsider.com Coach of the Year award was renamed in honor of Jim
Phelan who retired at the end of the 2002-03 season. The Jim Phelan Award
is presented annually to the National Coach of the Year. Previous winners
include Howland (2006), Tubby Smith (Kentucky, 2005), Phil Martelli (St.
Joseph’s, 2004) and Mark Slonaker (Mercer, 2003).
RESULTS (first place votes in parenthesis)
|Todd Lickliter (9)
|Ben Howland (2)
|Sean Sutton (1)
|Bo Ryan (2)
|Mark Turgeon (2)
|Ernie Kent (1)
|Jim Crews (1)
|Bob Knight (2)