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Larranaga Named AP Coach Of The Year

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CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 23: Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes reacts during first-half action against the Duke Blue Devils on January 23, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 23: Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes reacts during first-half action against the Duke Blue Devils on January 23, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – University of Miami Hurricanes basketball fans can enjoy one more title for the historic season the men’s team just completed.

The Associated Press announced Thursday that UM head coach Jim Larranaga has been selected as the Coach of the Year. Larranaga received 29 of 65 possible first-place votes and was followed by Jim Crews of St. Louis and Mark Few of Gonzaga.

It’s easy to see why Larranaga was the runaway selection for coach of the year. He took a Canes team not expected to contend to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles along with a number two ranking in the country at one point in the year.

Overall, Larranaga’s Hurricanes finished the season with a 29-7 record in just his second season at the school. UM made it to the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament before bowing out to Marquette University.

Larranaga is the first University of Miami head basketball coach to win the award and is the first ACC coach to win it since North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was selected in 2006.

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