United States Basketball Writers Association DEAN SMITH AWARD
Presented to an individual in college basketball who embodies the spirit and values of the Hall of Fame coach

The Dean Smith Award was created by the USBWA in 2015 to honor the late North Carolina coach. It is a presented annually to an individual in college basketball who embodies the spirit and values of Coach Smith. The award recognizes individuals for more than just wins and losses.

“We are proud to honor the legacy of Coach Smith,” said USBWA past president Pat Forde. “Dean Smith was not simply a coach who won, but a coach who educated outside the gymnasium, who demonstrated a concern for his players beyond their athletic abilities, who had an active voice on social issues and was an agent for positive change.

He was a great role model for his peers and for future generations.” Smith coached 36 seasons at North Carolina, winning two national championships and an Olympic gold medal and appearing in 11 NCAA Final Fours before retiring in 1997. He passed away in February 2015 at the age of 83.

2019: Bob McKillop, Davidson Head Coach
2018: Fran Dunphy, Temple Head Coach
2017: Don Donoher, Dayton Head Coach
2016: Tom Izzo, Michigan State Head Coach
2015: John Thompson, Georgetown Head Coach