Frank Martin led South Carolina on a remarkable Final Four run, and now, the Gamecocks’ head coach is garnering some national recognition.
Martin was named the winner of the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award, presented to the top coach in Division 1 men’s basketball each season. South Carolina won 26 games this season, makings its first appearance in the Final Four.
Not only that, but the Gamecocks made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004, as their 26 wins were the most in a single season in the program’s 109-year history.
Martin bested 19 other coaches who were named nominees for the award, including SEC counterparts John Calipari (Kentucky) and Mike White (Florida).
The award is named after Phelan, who led Mount St. Mary’s to the 1962 NCAA Division II championship and amassed 830 wins over his 49-year coaching career that ended in 2003.