Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tubby Smith Will Receive 2016 John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Award

Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith will receive the 2016 John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" award. 

Smith will be recognized during the Wooden Award Weekend from April 7-9, 2016, during the Los Angeles Athletic Club's celebration of the greatest players and coaches in college basketball. He will be presented the award at the 2nd annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on April 8, 2016.

Here is a release from Texas Tech:

LOS ANGELES -- Texas Tech men's basketball head coach Tubby Smith will receive the 2016 John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" award announced Tuesday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club's annual Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon.

Adopted by the Wooden Award Steering Committee in 1999, the "Legends of Coaching" honor recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal integrity. The recipients are selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy and identification with the goals of the Wooden Award. The selection announcement at this afternoon's luncheon was made by Coach Wooden's daughter, Nan Wooden.

In addition, Smith will be recognized during the Wooden Award Weekend from April 7-9, 2016, during the Los Angeles Athletic Club's celebration of the greatest players and coaches in college basketball. He will be presented the award at the 2nd annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on April 8, 2016.

Smith has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success during his 24-year head coaching career which includes stops at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas Tech. He has amassed a 538-263 (.672) career record highlighted by the 1998 National Championship, four NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances, nine NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 trips and 19 seasons of 20-plus victories fueled by 17 NCAA Tournament appearances. He is one of seven active head coaches to collect over 500 wins and a national championship. The 19, 20-plus win seasons are tied for seventh place among active coaches.

Smith is a five-time conference honoree (SEC - 3, MVC - 2). In 2002-03, he swept all seven national coach of the year honors recognized by the NCAA -- AP, USBWA, Naismith, Basketball Times, The Sports News, NABC and CBS/Chevrolet. He became the first consensus National Coach of the Year since 1975 when Indiana's Bob Knight accomplished the feat.

Smith is one of only nine head coaches to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament. If he can get Texas Tech to The Big Dance, Smith will become just the second coach in history to lead five different programs to the Tournament.

Smith has sent 19 players to the NBA which includes three who have won an NBA Championship and one an Olympic gold medal. He won an Olympic Gold Medal as an assistant coach on Rudy Tomjanovich's Team USA staff in 2000.

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