Missouri basketball coach Haith named USBWA Coach of the Year

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 2:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith was named the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Monday. 

"I am so unbelievably honored and humbled by this," Haith said in a release from the university

Missouri (30-5) was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, and its season ended Friday with a 86-84 loss to No. 15 Norfolk in the first round of the tournament. 

The Tigers were ranked No. 25 in the AP preseason poll and projected to finished fourth in the Big 12. Under first-year coach Haith, Missouri won the Big 12 tournament and finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the AP postseason rankings released March 12. Missouri also finished the regular season No. 2 in the Big 12.

"I will always look back at this senior class and be grateful to them for their leadership and their character, which was such a key to our success," Haith said.

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