Texas Tech made a run to the Sweet Sixteen in Mark Adams’ first year at the helm, and it has earned him plenty of recognition as one of the best coaches in college basketball.
On Friday, Adams was named the 2022 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year after the Red Raiders’ fantastic year that included a 27-10 record, a perfect 18-0 record at home, and a regular-season sweep of the Texas Longhorns, where his predecessor Chris Beard took over last April.
In addition to this award, Adams is also one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year which will be announced on Sunday during the Final Four in New Orleans.
According to the press release from Texas Tech University, Adams was also named the 2022 Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year in a season where the team began the year unranked before finishing at No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Tech’s success came with Adams constructing a new coaching staff that rolled out a team of eight newcomers and five returners. Under Adams, Texas Tech finished at No. 1 in the Kenpom.com adjusted defensive efficiency rating and was ninth nationally by holding opponents to only 38.6 percent shooting and 11th with teams averaging 60.6 points per game.
The 27 wins in 2021 are the most in school history by a first-year head coach, and included four wins in the postseason.
The Jim Phelan Award is presented annually to the top Division I coach in the country, and is named after a legendary coach who spent 49 years at Mount Saint Mary’s University. In his time there Phelan amassed 830 wins, 20 or more wins in 19 seasons, and the 1962 Division II Basketball Championship.