Michigan basketball's Juwan Howard is the USBWA National Coach of the Year

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Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
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Another accolade has come in for Juwan Howard.

The Michigan men's basketball coach was named the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Friday afternoon.

Howard won the award over three other finalists: Alabama's Nate Oats, Baylor's Scott Drew and Gonzaga's Mark Few.

He is the fifth Michigan coach to receive the national coach of the year award, joining Dave Strack (1965), Johnny Orr (1976, 1977), Bill Frieder (1985) and Steve Fisher (1992), who coached Howard at Michigan. And it is the second such award for Howard this season, as he previously was named the Sporting News National Coach of the Year. Howard is also a finalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach of the Year, Jim Phelan Award for National Coach of the year and the Ben Jobe Award for the top Division I minority coach.

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Earlier this month, he was named the consensus Big Ten Coach of the Year.

In Howard's second season as head coach, he has guided the Wolverines to a 20-4 record, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and their first Big Ten title since the 2013-14 season.

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