Virginia Cavaliers’ head coach Tony Bennett continues to add hardware to his expanding trophy case. Sunday afternoon he was awarded 2018 National Association of Basketball Coaches and 2018 Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year honors. Bennett also earned the AP Men’s College Coach of the Year Award earlier this week, running his total of national honors this season to five.
Bennett turned the ‘Hoos from an unranked team in the preseason into the best college basketball team in America for the fourth time since the Top-25 era began in 1990; reaching No. 1 in the final regular season standings for the first time in program history since 1982.
The Cavaliers finished with a school record 31 wins in the 2017-2018 season and claimed the program’s eighth ACC regular-season championship, third ACC tournament championship.
In nine seasons at John Paul Jones Arena, Bennett has produced a school-best seven consecutive 20-win seasons and set a new record with a fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance this year.
Virginia’s dance in March ended as soon as it began in the first round, losing to the University of Maryland – Baltimore County and becoming the first No. 1 seed in tournament history to fall to a No. 16 seed.