Kansas head coach Bill Self was named the 2013 John Wooden award “Legends of Coaching”, on Wednesday. The award goes to those coaches who show Wooden’s integrity and high level of success.
This award began in 1999, when North Carolina head coach Dean Smith took home the honor. Self will be honored along with men’s and women’s award winners and Wooden Award All-American teams on April 11-13, 2013. Last year’s winner was Geno Auriemma from Connecticut’s women’s team. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo won the 2011 award.
Self began coaching as an assistant coach at Kansas plus serving as assistant for Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton. Self’s first head coaching job came at Oral Roberts, before working his way up at Tulsa and Illinois before reaching Kansas. The Jayhawks have won eight straight Big 12 regular season titles and five conference tournament titles under Self. The coach’s overall record for nine seasons at the helm is 269-53, good for an 83.5 winning percentage. Self has coached 19 seasons overall and has a 476-158 overall record.
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