- Kansas State head coach Frank Martin
finished as the runner-up to Syracuse's Jim Boeheim
for The Associated Press National Coach of the Year award, it was announced on Friday.
Boeheim earned 39 votes from a national panel of 65 sportswriters that regularly cover college basketball, while Martin was second with eight. New Mexico's Steve Alford was third with four, Kansas' Bill Self was fourth with three and Kentucky's John Calipari and Temple's Fran Dunphy each tallied two votes for fifth place.
Martin guided Kansas State to a school-record 29-8 overall record and its first trip to the Elite Eight in 22 seasons in 2009-10. He also helped the squad to their highest-ever seed (No. 2) in the NCAA Tournament and three wins at the "Big Dance" for just fourth time in school history and the first since 1988. The Wildcats are expected to finish the season among the AP's Top 10 for eighth time in school history and the first since 1973 when the final poll is released on Tuesday. The team finished in a tie for second place in Big 12 play with an 11-5 mark and was the runner-up at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The 29 wins shattered the previous school-record of 25 set by the 1950-51 and 1987-88 squads, while the 11 conference victories and second-place finish were the highest of the Big 12 era and the highest since the 1987-88 season.
Martin was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league coaches, The Associated Press and The Sporting News, while he was selected District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He is also one of four finalists for the Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year given out by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and one of 15 for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year given by CollegeInsider.com.
Martin has posted a 72-32 (.692) overall record in three seasons at K-State, including a 30-18 (.625) mark in Big 12 play. His 72 wins are the most by a K-State coach in his first three seasons, while he is the first to have three consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career. He has guided the school to seven wins over Top 25 teams, including just its third-ever over a No. 1 team and the first since 1994 with its 71-62 win over Texas on Jan. 18.