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Villanova’s Jay Wright named Naismith Coach of the Year

Villanova coach Jay Wright was named the 2016 Naismith Coach of the Year at the annual Naismith award brunch Sunday.

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Villanova coach Jay Wright was named the 2016 Naismith Coach of the Year at the annual Naismith award brunch Sunday.

Wright has led the Wildcats to a 34–5 season and an appearance in the national championship game against North Carolina on Monday.

He has already surpassed his previous-best mark for wins in a season, which was a 30-win season in 2008–09.

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This is Wright’s second time being named coach of the year. He was also given the honor in 2006.

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Wright became the first coach to be named the Big East Coach of the Year for three-straight seasons early this year. 

Kansas’ Bill Self, Indiana’s Tom Crean and Xavier’s Chris Mack were also finalists for the award.