Today the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the Coach of the Year award, and the laurels went to a familiar name: UM's Jim Larranaga. The honor comes after the coach piloted the Hurricanes to a standout season, with a program record 24-6 run and its first ACC regular-season championship.
By coaxing that kind of performance out of a team he inherited only two seasons ago, Larranaga was a strong contender for the award. The only surprise is how thoroughly the coach clinched. There were 77 votes for the honor, and 75 went to Larranaga. The remaining two went to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and UNC's Roy Williams.
When we spent time with Larranaga for a recent New Times profile, the coach returned again and again to his goal of building UM into a perennial contender in what many consider the most competitive basketball conference in the country. A Coach of the Year award definitely helps with that aim.
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