Williams Among Finalists For Naismith COY Award

ATLANTA -- North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award, presented by Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The top 20 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its criteria on coaching performance this season.

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) 

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