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FSU's Leonard Hamilton named to National Coach of the Year watch list

 Leonard Hamilton Florida St Basketball
Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 16:32:06-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State Seminoles men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton was named to the late-season watch list for the Naismith Men's Coach of the Year award on Friday.

Hamilton was one of 15 other coaches announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, who gives out the award each year.

The Seminoles' coach is a candidate for the National Coach of the Year Award for the second consecutive season.

Other notable coaches on the watch list include:

  • Juwan Howard: Michigan Wolverines
  • Bob Huggins: West Virginia Mountaineers
  • Nate Oats: Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Shaka Smart: Texas Longhorns
  • Mike Young: Virginia Tech Hokies

Last year's winner for the men's Coach of the Year award was Anthony Grant from the Dayton Flyers.

The Seminoles have a 12-3 overall record with four wins over nationally-ranked teams this season.

Hamilton has not won this specific award yet but did win the Atlantic Coast Conference men's Coach of the Year award for the 2019-2020 basketball season more recently.

He is in his 19th season as the Seminoles’ Head Coach and is the winningest coach in program history with 372 wins during his tenure at Florida State.

A list of 10 National semifinalists will be announced on March 5. Four finalists will be named on March 17. The winner will be announced on April 4.