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Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award


December 29, 2011


BOSTON (MA) -- After leading Indiana to a 12-0 start, Tom Crean earns the Jim Phelan award mid-season coaching honors.

Most experts expected very little from the Hoosier’s this season, but instead they are off to the best start since the 1975-76 season when Indiana went 32-0 on their way to the national title and the last undefeated season in NCAA Division I.

After two home wins to the start the season, Indiana went on the road and beat Evansville. It was the first road victory for the Hoosiers in over a year. Wins over Butler, NC State and Notre Dame followed but the biggest win came on Dec. 10 when the Hoosiers knocked off No. 1 ranked Kentucky.

After spending nine seasons as the head coach at Marquette, Crean is now in his fourth season at Indiana.

The Jim Phelan award is presented annually to the top Division I coach in college basketball. The award is named after Jim Phelan who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in over 1,300 games in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.

The winner of the 2012 Jim Phelan Award will be announced on March 30 in New Orleans, site of the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Previous recipients include Stew Morrill (Utah State 2011), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh 2010), John Calipari (Memphis 2009), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin 2008), Tony Bennett (Washington State 2007), Ben Howland (UCLA 2006), Tubby Smith (Kentucky 2005) Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s 2004) and Mark Slonaker (Mercer 2003).

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