Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self has been named the 2014 recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for all he has done to advance the sport of college basketball.
The annual award, named after the late Wayman Tisdale, who starred at the University of Oklahoma and after that in the NBA, recognizes an individual involved in college basketball who has a significant positive impact on the sport both on and off the court.
In his nine seasons at Kansas, Self has led the Jayhawks to nine consecutive Big 12 championships and two Final Fours, including the 2008 national championship. The former Oklahoma State player is one of four coaches in NCAA Division I history to have led three different schools – Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas – to the Elite Eight round in the NCAA Tournament.
“I was very proud and honored when I was informed I would be receiving the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award,” Self said. “There have been some very influential recipients who have deservedly received the award in the past, and I’m not sure I fit in that category. To win an award that has Wayman Tisdale’s name tied to it is certainly humbling.”
Previous winners of the award include ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo, head coach at Michigan State.
The award, sponsored by Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy, will be presented as part of the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards in Oklahoma City on April 14.