UPI College Basketball Coach of the Year

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UPI College Basketball Coach of the Year
Given forthe best men's basketball head coach in NCAA Division I
CountryUnited States
Presented byUnited Press International
First award1955
Final award1996
Most recentGene Keady, Purdue

The UPI College Basketball Coach of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1954–55 season and was discontinued following the 1995–96 season, it was given by United Press International (UPI), a news agency in the United States that rivaled the Associated Press but began to decline with the advent of television news. The last winner was Gene Keady of Purdue, who led the Boilermakers to a 26–6 record and a berth into the 1996 NCAA Tournament's Second Round.

UCLA claimed the most all–time winners with six (all of whom were John Wooden), followed by San Francisco with three. Five additional schools claimed two winners apiece, while the rest only had one winner each.

Wooden garnered the most UPI Coach of the Year awards, receiving six throughout his tenure at UCLA. Six other coaches received the award twice: Bob Knight, Ray Meyer, Adolph Rupp, Norm Stewart, Fred Taylor and Phil Woolpert; the only coach whose team did not qualify for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was Miami (FL)'s Leonard Hamilton, who won the award in 1994–95 after leading the Hurricanes to the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Hamilton is also the only recipient with a double–digit loss season; his 1994–95 squad finished 15–13.


Coach (X) Denotes the number of times the coach has been given the UPI Coach of the Year award at that point
Team (X) Denotes the number of times the team has been represented for the UPI Coach of the Year award at that point


John Wooden has the most awards (6).
Jim Calhoun won in 1990 while coaching Connecticut.
Season Coach School Record Postseason result
1954–55 Phil Woolpert San Francisco 28–1 NCAA Champions
1955–56 Phil Woolpert (2) San Francisco (2) 29–0 NCAA Champions
1956–57 Frank McGuire North Carolina 32–0 NCAA Champions
1957–58 Tex Winter Kansas State 22–5 NCAA Final Four
1958–59 Adolph Rupp Kentucky 24–3 NCAA Sweet 16
1959–60 Pete Newell California 28–2 NCAA Runners-Up
1960–61 Fred Taylor Ohio State 27–1 NCAA Runners-Up
1961–62 Fred Taylor (2) Ohio State (2) 26–2 NCAA Runners-Up
1962–63 Ed Jucker Cincinnati 26–2 NCAA Runners-Up
1963–64 John Wooden UCLA 30–0 NCAA Champions
1964–65 Dave Strack Michigan 24–4 NCAA Runners-Up
1965–66 Adolph Rupp (2) Kentucky (2) 27–2 NCAA Runners-Up
1966–67 John Wooden (2) UCLA (2) 30–0 NCAA Champions
1967–68 Guy Lewis Houston 31–2 NCAA Final Four
1968–69 John Wooden (3) UCLA (3) 29–1 NCAA Champions
1969–70 John Wooden (4) UCLA (4) 28–2 NCAA Champions
1970–71 Al McGuire Marquette 28–1 NCAA Sweet 16
1971–72 John Wooden (5) UCLA (5) 30–0 NCAA Champions
1972–73 John Wooden (6) UCLA (6) 30–0 NCAA Champions
1973–74 Digger Phelps Notre Dame 26–3 NCAA Sweet 16
1974–75 Bob Knight Indiana 31–1 NCAA Elite Eight
1975–76 Tom Young Rutgers 31–2 NCAA Final Four
1976–77 Bob Gaillard San Francisco (3) 29–2 NCAA 2nd Round
1977–78 Eddie Sutton Arkansas 32–4 NCAA Final Four
1978–79 Bill Hodges Indiana State 33–1 NCAA Runners-Up
1979–80 Ray Meyer DePaul 26–2 NCAA 1st Round
1980–81 Ralph Miller Oregon State 26–2 NCAA 2nd Round
1981–82 Norm Stewart Missouri 27–4 NCAA Sweet 16
1982–83 Jerry Tarkanian UNLV 28–3 NCAA 1st Round
1983–84 Ray Meyer (2) DePaul (2) 27–3 NCAA 2nd Round
1984–85 Lou Carnesecca St. John's 31–4 NCAA Final Four
1985–86 Mike Krzyzewski Duke 37–3 NCAA Runners-Up
1986–87 John Thompson Georgetown 29–5 NCAA Elite Eight
1987–88 John Chaney Temple 32–2 NCAA Elite Eight
1988–89 Bob Knight (2) Indiana (2) 27–8 NCAA Sweet 16
1989–90 Jim Calhoun Connecticut 31–6 NCAA Elite Eight
1990–91 Rick Majerus Utah 30–4 NCAA Sweet 16
1991–92 Perry Clark Tulane 22–9 NCAA 2nd Round
1992–93 Eddie Fogler Vanderbilt 28–6 NCAA Sweet 16
1993–94 Norm Stewart (2) Missouri (2) 28–4 NCAA Elite Eight
1994–95 Leonard Hamilton Miami (FL) 15–13 NIT 1st Round
1995–96 Gene Keady Purdue 26–6 NCAA 2nd Round


  • "United Press International Coach of the Year winners". NCAA Individual Awards. Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved 19 May 2010.