Missouri’s Frank Haith is AP Coach of the Year
March 30, 2012
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By Associated Press and MU Athletics
NEW ORLEANS — Frank Haith has capped his first season at Missouri by being selected The Associated Press’ Coach of the Year.
Haith, who took over at Missouri after seven years at Miami, was presented the award Friday after receiving 21 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. John Calipari of Kentucky and Tom Izzo of Michigan State tied for second with 10 votes each. The only other Missouri coach to win the award was Norm Stewart in 1994.
“It’s hard to express how honored I am by this recognition,” said Haith. “If you had told me a year ago that I would be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed it, but I think this is a great testament to how much a group of people can achieve when they come together and believe in each other and pull in the same direction.”
“Our staff and our kids did just an unbelievable job this season, and as I said before, it might be my name on the award, but it truly belongs to everyone at Mizzou,” he said.
Haith guided the Tigers to 30 wins and the Big 12 tournament and was ranked in the AP poll the entire season, reaching second for one week and third in the final poll. The Tigers were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament but were knocked out in the first round by Norfolk State.
The voting was done before the NCAA tournament. It was just the second 30-win season in MU history. Haith was earlier named the recipient of the 2011-12 Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Haith is still dealing with aftermath of an NCAA investigation into the program at Miami.