Illinois' Weber is 2005 Henry Iba Award winner
Second-year Illini coach led team to school-record 32 wins
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[MARCH 14, 2005]
ST. LOUIS --
Bruce Weber has been named winner of the 2005 Henry Iba Award,
presented annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the
national college basketball coach of the year.
The USBWA will present the Iba Award to
Weber at a breakfast during the NCAA Final Four weekend on April 1
at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis. At that time,
the USBWA will also present the Oscar Robertson Trophy to the
national player of the year.
Weber is the first Illinois coach to receive the award since the
USBWA began selecting a coach of the year in 1959. He is the first
Big Ten coach to win the award since 1998, when Michigan State's Tom
Izzo was honored as the third straight Big Ten coach to be named
national coach of the year by the USBWA. Purdue's Gene Keady and
Minnesota's Clem Haskins were honored by the USBWA in 1996 and '97,
In his second season in Champaign,
Weber has guided the Illini to a school-record 32 wins against just
one loss and both the Big Ten Conference regular-season and
tournament championships. Illinois enters the NCAA Tournament this
week as a No. 1 seed, and Weber is now the first coach in the
100-year history of Big Ten basketball to win consecutive outright
conference titles in each of his first two seasons.
Also, this is first time since 1952
and just the third time in school history that the Illini have won
back-to-back outright Big Ten titles.
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Henry Iba Award is named for the legendary Oklahoma A&M,
Oklahoma State and U.S. Olympic coach. Iba won 655 games at OSU,
including back-to-back national titles in 1945 and '46. He also
coached the United States to a pair of Olympic gold medals. Iba was
enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969
and retired from coaching in 1970. He died Jan. 15, 1993.
For more information about the 2005
USBWA Awards Breakfast, including how to purchase tickets, contact
the Missouri Athletic Club at (314) 231-7220. A portion of the
proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Kidney
Foundation, Oscar Robertson's charity of choice. Robertson donated a
kidney several years ago to his daughter who was suffering from a
life-threatening kidney disease.
Basketball Writers Association news release]