Tommy Lloyd spent 22 years as Mark Few’s right-hand man turning Gonzaga right into a nationwide powerhouse.
He wanted only one season to return Arizona to prominence.
Lloyd was named The Associated Press males’s faculty basketball coach of the 12 months on Friday after main the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 in his first season. He acquired 28 votes from a 61-person media panel that votes on the AP Top 25 to edge Providence’s Ed Cooley, who obtained 21 votes. No different coach obtained greater than three.
Lloyd joins Indiana State’s Bill Hodges in 1979 and Drake’s Keno Davis in 2008 in incomes AP coach of the 12 months of their first season as a head coach.
“I always tell people, it’s an easy answer: I love coaching and teaching,” Lloyd mentioned. “Everything basketball-wise, I’ve done, basically I’ve been a part of doing before, so I had a real comfort level and a conviction in what I wanted to do.”
Lloyd was anticipated to take over for Few at any time when he retires. He had no motive to look anyplace else. When the Arizona job opened up, Lloyd couldn’t cross up the chance.
The Wildcats spent the earlier three seasons embroiled in FBI and NCAA investigations that, partially, led to the firing of Sean Miller final April. The NCAA investigation remains to be pending, but it surely did little to impede Arizona’s speedy ascent beneath Lloyd.
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