Kansas Basketball's Bill Self is Named AP Coach of the Year

jonathan staubCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 12:  Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals at the Ford Center March 12, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Bill Self has been named the Associated Press Coach of the Year.


Self led the Kansas Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA men's basketball championship and to the Sweet 16 this season.


Self lost all five starters from last year’s championship squad, yet was able to navigate Kansas to a 27-8 record this season as well as their fifth consecutive Big XII Conference regular season championship.


Not much was expected from a Kansas squad that had eight newcomers to accompany two veterans, but Coach Self kept them motivated and overachieving all season while capturing the outright Big XII regular season title with a conference record of 14-2.


In six seasons as Kansas’ head coach, Self has accumulated a record of 169-40. In his 16 seasons as a head coach he has a record of 376-145.


Self has built a very dangerous, young team at Kansas that should be contenders for years to come. The future is very bright for the Jayhawks.


Self finished with 28 of a possible 71 first place votes, edging out Jamie Dixon of Pitt who came in second with 10 first place votes.