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Larraņaga Earns NABC All-District Honors

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 03/29/2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga was named one of 25 coaches to earn All-District honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The 2013 NABC Division I All-District coaches were selected by their peers.

Larrañaga was selected as the coach for District 2 after leading the Canes to their most successful season in school history. Miami won a school-record 29 games and reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history. The Canes were the ACC regular-season champions and then earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by beating North Carolina in the ACC tournament championship game.

The Canes accomplished several program firsts under Larrañaga’s leadership this season. Besides earning their first-ever ACC regular-season and tournament titles, Miami was ranked No. 2 in the country for this first time in school history. They also beat No. 1 Duke, collecting their first-ever win over a top-ranked program.

Larrañaga, who is a Naismith Coach of the Year finalist, saw his Canes collect several marquee wins. Miami beat Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and won a school-record 15 games in conference play, including the victory over Duke and two over North Carolina.

2013 NABC DIVISION I ALL-DISTRICT COACHES

District 1: Joe Mihalich, Niagara
District 2: Jim Larrañaga, Miami
District 3: Chris Holtmann, Gardner-Webb
District 4: Jim Crews, St. Louis
District 5: John Thompson III, Georgetown
District 6: Michael White, Louisiana Tech
District 7: Tom Crean, Indiana
District 8: Bruce Weber, Kansas State
District 9: Mark Few, Gonzaga
Co-District 10: Matt Brady, James Madison
Co-District 10: Bill Coen, Northeastern
District 11: Donnie Tyndall, Southern Miss
District 12: Jim Molinari, Western Illinois
Co-District 13: Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Co-District 13: Dave Paulsen, Bucknell
District 14: Jim Christian, Ohio
District 15: Cy Alexander, North Carolina A&T
Co-District 16: Greg McDermott, Creighton
Co-District 16: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
District 17: Steve Alford, New Mexico
District 18: Tim O’Shea, Bryant
District 19: Jeff Neubauer, Eastern Kentucky
District 20: Dana Altman, Oregon
District 21: Billy Donovan, Florida
District 22: Bob McKillop, Davidson
District 23: Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin
District 24: Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

Coach Jim Larrañaga’s 2012-13 Awards

USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year
Skip Prosser Man of the Year award finalist
Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year finalist
Naismith Coach of the Year finalist
USBWA Coach of the Year - District IV
NABC All-District Coach - District 2
ACC Coach of the Year (Coaches)
ACC Coach of the Year (ASCMA)
ACC Coach of the Year - Sports Illustrated (Seth Davis)
ACC Coach of the Year - ESPN (Jason King)
All-Coaches Teams - First Team - ESPN (Jason King)

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