Hickory native Rick Barnes, who played high school basketball at Hickory and college basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne University, has been named the Naismith Award at 2019’s top men’s basketball coach in the country.
His selection was announced at the Naismith Awards Brunch at the Final Four on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Barnes was the runner-up for the award last season. He becomes the first Tennessee men’s coach to win the award, adding to the five honors held by legendary Lady Vols head coach, the late Pat Summitt.
Barnes was chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, comprised of leading journalists from around the country, current and former head coaches, former award winners and conference commissioners, all of whom base their selections on outstanding coaching performances during the 2018-19 college basketball season. Additionally, fans contributed to five percent of the total vote.
TENNESSEE’S 2019 RESULTS: https://utsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball