Also on the list is former Crimson Tide player Mike Davis, now head coach at Indiana.
Gottfried, who played for Alabama from 1984-87, is in his fourth season as Alabama's head coach. He has taken the Tide from a team that did not make it into the NCAA tournament in 2001 to its current spot at No. 5 in the nation. Alabama is currently ranked first in the Southeastern Conference overall standings and brings a 22 wins into Saturday's soldout home game against Florida.
The Naismith Awards program, in its 34th year, honors the outstanding college basketball coaches in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Joining Gottfried as finalists for coaching's top award is Henry Bibby (Southern California), Perry Clark (Miami), Tom Crean (Marquette), Mike Davis (Indiana), Billy Donovan (Florida), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Pete Gillen (Virginia), Jim Harrick (Georgia), Ben Howland (Pittsburgh), Bob Huggins (Cincinnati), Ernie Kent (Oregon), Bobby Knight (Texas Tech), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Mike Montgomery (Stanford), Jim O'Brien (Ohio State), Lute Olson (Arizona), Skip Prosser (Wake Forest), Kelvin Sampson (Oklahoma), Herb Sendek (N.C. State), Bill Self (Illinois), Tubby Smith (Kentucky), Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State), Gary Williams (Maryland) and Roy Williams (Kansas).