Villanova Wildcats coach Jay Wright has been rewarded for taking his team as far as he has this year in more than just a spot in the championship game tomorrow, as he has been named the Naismith Coach of the Year.
News of Wright winning the award was posted to Villanova basketball’s official Twitter.
— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) April 3, 2016
Wright has been the coach at Villanova since 2001 and has put together a record of 353-157 (157-83 Big East) while turning the Wildcats into a Big East staple. Villanova went 27-4 (16-2 Big East) in the regular season before losing to Seton Hall in the Big East Championship Game.
In the NCAA Tournament, however, Villanova beat the likes of the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite Eight and the Buddy Hield-led No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Final Four yesterday, putting Wright in his first-ever national championship game. And it can all be attributed to him adjusting his coaching style this year to a fast-paced offense to a tough defensive style featuring a slower offense.
Hopefully, Wright is able to take the final step forward tomorrow against No. 1 North Carolina.
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