BOSTON, Mass. -- Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is among 15 finalists for the 2014 Jim Phelan award, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Jim Phelan Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I coach. The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.
"There are a lot of coaches doing outstanding jobs this season," said CollegeInsider.com's Riley Wallace. "It was difficult to reduce the list to 15 finalists."
The finalists include Steve Alford (UCLA), Rick Barnes (Texas), John Beilein (Michigan), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Ed Cooley (Providence), Billy Donovan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Danny Manning (Tulsa), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Greg McDermott (Creighton), Tim Miles (Nebraska), Craig Neal (New Mexico), Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin), Jay Wright (Villanova)
In his fourth season on The Hilltop, McDermott helped Creighton to a 27-8 mark as the Bluejays advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. CU finished second in the BIG EAST with a 14-4 league mark, then were runner-up in its initial appearance at the BIG EAST Tournament. McDermott coached the league's Player of the Year, son Doug McDermott, who has already been named National Player of the Year by five different agencies.
When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in over 1,300 games in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.
The winner of the 2014 Phelan award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.