SPARTANBURG, S.C. – One day after leading No. 20 Wofford to its fifth Southern Conference Championship title in 10 seasons, head coach Mike Young was named the Sporting News Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
Young joins a class that includes Mark Few, John Calipari, Bill Self, Tubby Smith and Mick Cronin as coaches who have earned the accolade. The announcement also comes one day after being named a semifinalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Award.
In his 17 seasons at Wofford, Young has an overall record of 298-243, appearing in four NCAA tournaments, last making the big dance in 2014-15, when the Wofford fell to Arkansas. On Monday night, Young guided the Terriers to a 70-58 win over UNC Greensboro in the Ingles SoCon Basketball Championship presented by General Shale title game, clinching the program’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA tournament.
This season, the Radford, Virginia, native has led Wofford to a program-record 29 wins, going 29-4 overall while winning its last 20 games. The Terriers' .879 winning percentage is sixth-best in the nation and Wofford trails only Gonzaga for most consecutive wins (21), owning the country’s longest winning streak on the road (nine).
To read the Sporting News release and find out more information about the award, click here.
Additionally, Young was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District III Coach of the Year on Tuesday. To read the USBWA release and find out more information, visit its website here.