The candidates for the Naismith Award, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Rick Barnes, Texas Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Mark Few, Gonzaga Ray Giacoletti, Utah Billy Gillispie, Texas A&M Frank Haith, Miami (FL) Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Lute Olson, Arizona Rick Pitino, Louisville Skip Prosser, Wake Forest Lorenzo Romar, Washington Bo Ryan, Wisconsin Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma Bill Self, Kansas Al Skinner, Boston College Tubby Smith, Kentucky Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State John Thompson III, Georgetown Bruce Weber, Illinois Roy Williams, North Carolina
These coaches will go to the final ballot in March, when the Board will select the coach who has distinguished himself as the best collegiate coach in the nation. The coach of the year will be recognized at the Naismith Awards Banquet on April 8 in Atlanta.
FORMER NAISMITH MEN'S COLLEGE COACHES OF THE YEAR
1987 Bob Knight (Indiana) 1988 Larry Brown (Kansas) 1989 Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) 1990 Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech) 1991 Randy Ayers (Ohio State) 1992 Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) 1993 Dean Smith (North Carolina) 1994 Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) 1995 Jim Harrick (UCLA) 1996 John Calipari (UMass) 1997 Roy Williams (Kansas) 1998 Bill Guthridge (North Carolina) 1999 Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) 2000 Mike Montgomery (Stanford) 2001 Rod Barnes (Ole Miss) 2002 Ben Howland (Pittsburgh) 2003 Orlando "Tubby" Smith (Kentucky) 2004 Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's)