Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett named Naismith Coach of the Year
Bennett, who earned his second career Naismith coach of the year honor, led Virginia to its eighth ACC regular-season championship, third ACC Tournament title and school-record 31 wins in 2017-18.
In 2017-18, Virginia was picked sixth in the ACC in the preseason and was unranked in the national preseason polls. But under Bennett, the Cavaliers nearly swept their conference schedule (17-1) while earning a third outright ACC regular-season title in the last five seasons and second ACC Tournament title since 2014. Bennett guided UVA to its first No. 1 ranking since 1982 and the Cavaliers became only the fourth team in the Top-25 era (1990-present) to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason (Kansas, 1990; Syracuse, 2010; and Baylor, 2017).
Bennett is 219-86 (.718) in nine seasons at Virginia and 288-119 (.708) in 12 seasons overall. He has guided the Cavaliers to a school-best seven straight 20-win seasons and five straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Bennett earned his first Naismith college basketball coach of the year honor at Washington State in 2007.