ATLANTA (April 5, 2013) --- UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award, announced Friday night by Collegeinsider.com in Atlanta, site of the Final Four.
The Ben Jobe Award is given annually to the top minority coach in Division I basketball, who has produced the best results from his team under adverse or otherwise difficult conditions.
Ollie, who took over the UConn program last September from Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, guided the Huskies to a 20-win season season (20-10) in 2012-13, and a 10-8 record in the BIG EAST Conference, despite a roster depleted by early defections to the NBA and transfers. The record included victories over nationally-ranked Syracuse, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.
Ollie was among those on a list of 20 finalists for this year’s award, which included some of the top minority coaches in the country. Past recipients of the award include Ed Cooley of Fairfi...