Though the Miami Hurricanes basketball team was ousted from the NCAA tournament in the Sweet 16, it was still their best season since joining the ACC.
And now the team — or the coach, rather — has an accolade in recognition of that success. Head coach Jim Larranaga was given the Naismith Coach of the Year award on Sunday in Atlanta.
“It is humbling and really an honor to receive a national award like this, especially, in the name of the founder of our game, Dr. James Naismith,” Larranaga said in a release. “I greatly appreciate the recognition by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, its membership and its voting academy to select me because there are so many great college coaches in the country. This really is a team award that represents a lot of hard work by my staff and our players.”
“Coach Larrañaga led the Hurricanes’ resurgence to tremendous heights, and clearly has made the program a key force in the ACC in just two years, which is no easy feat,” Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, said in a release. “His success really stood out among all the great coaching performances during the season.”
The award is just another one for Larranaga, who has also been named The Associated Press Coach of the Year as well as the consensus ACC Coach of the Year.