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Jay Wright named a Semifinalist for Coach of the Year.

Villanova’s leader joins nine others.

Villanova v Xavier Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced 10 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year and Villanova’s Jay Wright made the cut. The Award is given to the most outstanding college basketball coach.

Wright, a two-time winner of the award (‘06 & ‘16), has guided Villanova to four consecutive regular season BIG EAST Conference Championships and a 27-3 record in 2017. The Wildcats have not been ranked outside of the Top 4 in either the AP or USA Today Coaches Poll all season.

A list of four finalists will be announced on March 16 and will be presented at the annual Final Four Awards Brunch on April 2nd.

2017 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Semifinalists

First Name Last Name School Conference
First Name Last Name School Conference
Chris Collins Northwestern Big Ten
Scott Drew Baylor Big 12
Mark Few Gonzaga West Coast
Bob Huggins WVU Big 12
Tim Jankovich SMU American Athletic
Sean Miller Arizona Pac 12
Rick Pitino Louisville ACC
Bill Self Kansas Big 12
Mike White Florida SEC
Jay Wright Villanova Big East