The Associated Press has announced the winner of this year’s Coach of the Year award for men’s college basketball.

First-year Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd has been honored with the prestigious award. The news comes after Lloyd led the Wildcats to a 33-4 season in his first year as a head coach. He took over for Sean Miller following the 2020-21 campaign.

Arizona won both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament championships this season. It also earned a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats reached the Sweet 16 before getting knocked off by Houston.


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Lloyd was a longtime assistant under Mark Few at Gonzaga. He was on staff with the Bulldogs from 2001-21 before taking the leap to Arizona to become a head coach for the first time in his career.

In addition to the AP Coach of the Year award, Lloyd was also named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, USBWA Coach of the Year and NABC Coach of the Year.