Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was chosen Henry Iba Coach of the Year on Monday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Marshall completed his seventh season at Wichita State on Sunday with a 78-76 loss to Kentucky in the Midwest Regional third round. The Shockers, 35-1, were a No. 1 seed for the first time and entered the tournament as the nation’s second-ranked team.
Marshall, 51, will be honored at the writers’ awards dinner April 14 in Oklahoma City.
Kentucky coach John Calipari praised Marshall for his work this season to keep the Shockers playing well while perfect.
“I've been through what he is going through, trying to keep a team focused in staying in the moment when you are undefeated and you are trying to run the table,” Calipari said. “Very difficult. And he's done a masterful job. You would think at some point they start feeling the weight of the world. They're not. They play to win.”
Other finalists were Michigan’s John Beilein, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, SMU’s Larry Brown, Saint Louis’ Jim Crews, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Florida’s Billy Donovan, San Diego State’s Steve Fisher, Creighton’s Greg McDermott and Villanova’s Jay Wright.
It is the second national award for Marshall, who won the Sporting News coach of the year honor earlier this month. He was also chosen Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year. He is one of five finalists for the Naismith Men’s college coach of the year award, which will be announced April 6.
Marshall is 174-71 in seven seasons at Wichita State and 368-154 in 16 seasons as a head coach with the Shockers and Winthrop.