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Leonard Hamilton nominated for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 17:25:56-05

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WTXL) — Florida State University men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton was announced as a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Tuesday.

This is Coach Hamilton’s first time on the ballot and he joins fellow first-time nominees Paul Pierce, Doug Collins, Michael Cooper, Val Ackerman, Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson on the 2021 ballot.

Other notable returning nominees are Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Richard Hamilton, Bob Huggins, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, Jay Wright, Swin Cash and Becky Hammon among others.

As of Tuesday, Coach Hamilton’s accomplishments are:

  • 1,019 total games coached
  • A 565-432 win-loss record across 33 seasons
  • 10 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Winningest coach in FSU men’s basketball history (365 wins)
  • 5th All-Time Winningest Coach in ACC History (365 wins)
  • 2018 Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year
  • 2009 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year
  • 2000 BCA National Coach of the Year
  • 1995 UPI National Coach of the Year
  • 2009, 2012, and 2020 ACC Coach of the Year
  • 1995 and 1999 Big East Coach of the Year
  • 2016-17 Midseason National Coach of the Year

Following the Hall of Fame’s traditional timeline,fFinalists from the North American and Women’s Committee for the Class of 2021 will be announced in the same time-frame of NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for early March, according to the hall of fame.

The entire Class of 2021, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four scheduled for early April.