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Kelvin Sampson Named to Naismith Coach of the Year Watch List

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POSTED: February 19, 2021 -- 1:54 p.m. CT

Friday, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Head Coach Kelvin Sampson was named to the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List.

Sampson has earned numerous Coach of the Year honors during his career and was named the 2002 National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the 1995 National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

Four finalists will be announced March 17, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year award will announced April 4, 2021.

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2021 Naismith Men's Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List

Casey Alexander Belmont OVC
Darian DeVries Drake MVC
Scott Drew Baylor Big 12
Andy Enfield USC Pac-12
Mark Few Gonzaga WCC
Leonard Hamilton Florida State ACC
Chris Holtmann Ohio State Big Ten
Juwan Howard Michigan Big Ten
Bob Huggins West Virginia Big 12
Lon Kruger Oklahoma Big 12
Porter Moser Loyola-Chicago MVC
Nate Oats Alabama SEC
Kelvin Sampson Houston AAC
Shaka Smart Texas Big 12
Mike Young Virginia Tech ACC

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