Texas men’s basketball interim head coach Rodney Terry has been named Sporting News’ National Coach of the Year, as announced on Wednesday morning.
Terry is the first coach in Texas basketball program history to win the prestigious award, according to a release from the university.
The annual award is presented to the best men’s college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition. The honor was first given in 1964 following the 1963-64 season and is presented by Sporting News, a United States-based sports magazine that was established in 1886.
Terry took over as the Longhorns’ interim head coach on December 12, after former head coach Chris Beard was arrested on charges of domestic violence. Then, on January 5, Terry was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. Since taking the reins, Terry has led Texas to a 16-7 record, with five wins over AP Top 25 opponents. The Longhorns are 7-1 in games decided by five points or less, or games that go into overtime.
Texas has a 23-8 overall record (12-6 Big 12, second) entering this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and is 11-8 in Quad 1 games this season. 11 Quad 1 wins are tied for the second-most nationally, behind only Kansas, who has 15 wins.
Texas awaits the winner of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and will play its first Big 12 tournament game under Terry on Thursday, with tip scheduled for 6:00 p.m.