FINALISTS FOR 2009 JIM PHELAN AWARD ANNOUNCED
Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon earns mid-season honors
March 2, 2009
BOSTON (MA) -- The ten
finalists for the 2009 Jim Phelan national coach of the year award were
announced on Monday.
Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, who received mid-season Phelan Award honors,
headlines a group, which includes two coaches in their first seasons at
their respective schools.
Trent Johnson is in his first year at LSU after
successful stops at Stanford and Nevada, leading both programs to the
sweet 16. Darrin Horn is completing
his first full season at South Carolina after an a successful run at
Western Kentucky, which culminated with a trip to the sweet sixteen.
“This is an outstanding group of coaches,” says Jim Phelan who is the
chairman of the award committee. “Every one of the coaches on the list is
deserving of coach of the year honors.”
The remaining seven finalists include Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), John
Calipari (Memphis), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), Bill Self (Kansas), Brad
Bruce Weber (Illinois) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
John Calipari and Brad Stevens were among the finalists following the
The Jim Phelan Award is given annually to the nation’s top coach, as voted
on by the 20-member panel. The winner will be presented with the award at
the 2009 Final Four in Detroit.
Prior to 2003 the award was known simply as the CollegeInsider.com
national coach of the year. It was renamed to honor longtime Mount St.
Mary’s head coach Jim Phelan who retired following the 2002-03 season.
The previous winners of the award are Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) 2008, Tony
Bennett (Washington State) 2007, Ben Howland (UCLA) 2006, Tubby Smith
(Kentucky) 2005, Phil Martelli (St. Joseph’s) 2004 and Mark Slonaker
2009 JIM PHELAN AWARD FINALISTS