ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Virginia's Tony Bennett
is the 2014-15 recipient of the Henry Iba Award,
presented annually to the national coach of the year by the U.S.
Basketball Writers Association. The award, voted on by the
entire membership of the USBWA, is based on regular-season
Bennett will be formally presented with the Henry Iba Coach
of the Year Award on Tuesday, April 14, at the Devon Energy
College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City. The Oscar
Robertson Trophy will also be presented that evening. The winner
of the Oscar Robertson Trophy
as the national player of the year will be announced on Friday,
April 3, at a 10:15 a.m. ET news conference in Indianapolis at Lucas
Oil Stadium in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four.
In his sixth season at Virginia, Bennett, 45, led the Cavaliers
to a 30-4 record, which tied the school record for wins in a season
set last season and in 1982-83. For the second straight season, Virginia won the
Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Bennett's career
mark at Virginia is a stellar 136-64 (.680 winning percentage).
Bennett, the Henry Iba Award winner in the 2006-07 at Washington
State, is the ninth coach to earn the award more than once and the
second to win it at two different schools. Roy Williams has won
the award at Kansas (1990) and North Carolina (2006). The legendary
John Wooden was named the USBWA National Coach of the Year six times,
joinining five other coaches to win it twice (Lou Carnesecca of
St. John's, John Chaney of Temple, Gene Keady of Purdue, Bob Knight
of Indiana, Ray Meyer of DePaul and Fred Taylor of Ohio State).
The USBWA District III Coach of the Year and the ACC Coach of
the Year guided the Cavaliers to a national ranking as high as
No. 2 and the
No. 2 seed in the East Region before being eliminated in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament by Michigan State.
"Tony Bennett is no longer a rising star in the coaching
ranks; he is an established winner," said USBWA President Dana
O'Neil of ESPN.com. "This year he led the Cavaliers to their
second consecutive ACC regular-season title, earning the top spot
in the league despite playing for a long stretch without one of
his best players. On behalf of the USBWA, it is my pleasure and
privilege to honor Tony Bennett."
Including this season, the Clintonville, Wis., native now boasts
a 205-97 (.679 winning percentage) overall career record in nine
seasons as a college head coach. Prior to coming to Virginia,
Bennett was 69-33 in three seasons at Washington State, including
two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Henry Iba Award is named in honor of the legendary Oklahoma
State coach who won 655 games and two national championships in
36 seasons in Stillwater. The award is voted on by all members of
the USBWA at the conclusion of the regular season. The USBWA has
presented a National Coach of the Year Award each year since the
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy
College Basketball Awards are available at
collegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-640-0406,
The April 14 banquet will also honor Duke center Jahlil Okafor with
the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the national
freshman of the year.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
Henry Iba Coach of the Year