March 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, who led the Seminoles to the first ACC Championship in school history and to the NCAA Tournament for the school record fourth consecutive season, has been named the Division I Coach of the Year in District 2 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Earlier this month, Hamilton was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (also 2009) and is now the only person to be named the Coach of the Year in both the ACC (2009 and 2012) and the Big East (1995 and 1999).
Hamilton guided the Seminoles to a 25-10 overall record, a 12-4 mark and a third place finish in the ACC standings, to the first ever ACC Tournament championship in school history and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as Florida State enjoyed on of the most memorable and most exciting seasons in school history. The Seminoles defeated six ranked teams, all four ACC from the state of North Carolina (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) for the first time in school history and became the first ACC team since 1996 to defeat the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels twice in the same season.
Under Hamilton, the Seminoles became just the second team in ACC history to earn four or more wins over Top-10 Duke and North Carolina teams in the same season. The only other team to defeat those two teams in the same season twice when they were in the top 10 was Georgia Tech during the 1984-85 season.
In leading the Seminoles to a near-school-record 25 wins, Hamilton became the first coach in school history to lead the Seminoles to at least 25 wins in multiple seasons. He has led Florida State to seven consecutive post-season appearances and a school record four consecutive top-four finishes in the ACC standings. Florida State and Duke are the only teams in the ACC who have finished with double-figure ACC wins and in the top four of the ACC standings in each of the last four seasons.
In addition, Florida State has now appeared in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments – the second longest ongoing streak in the ACC.
“This award, which is voted on by our peers in the coaching profession, really belongs to my staff and to our players,” said Hamilton. “This award should be renamed and presented to the coaching staff because of their commitment to our program and our players. The commitment to excellence that our coaching staff puts into molding and improving our team is incredible. My staff works diligently each day to improve our program and our players in practice and in games as well as the classroom.”
Hamilton is now eligible for the NABC National Coach of the Year Award – he was most recently named the National Coach of the Year in 2009 by Basketball Times.