Michigan Wolverines coach Juwan Howard has been named the AP Coach of the Year.
Michigan's Juwan Howard has been named AP National Coach of the Year, per release.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 1, 2021
Howard, in just his second year as head coach led the Wolverines, the preseason No. 25 team, to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines made a valiant run through the tournament without the services of Isaiah Livers, but ultimately were upset by the UCLA Bruins in the Elite Eight and sent home.
First off, Howard has done an amazing job coaching Michigan this year—perhaps exceeding most everyone’s expectations. That is why he won the award.
However, it is hard to not think that Mark Few didn’t get snubbed. Even though the Zags were the No. 1 preseason team, the No. 1 team throughout the entire season, entered the tournament undefeated as the No. 1 overall seed, and are currently two wins away from completing something no team has done since the 1970s, that wasn’t quite enough compared to what Howard pulled off.
Despite everything listed above, it is hard to say Mark Few also hasn’t exceeded expectations. At the beginning of the year, everyone knew Gonzaga would be good, but not a soul was saying they would be 30-0, and undefeated in such a dominant fashion. Honestly, if Mark Few can’t win the Coach of the Year with a year like this, I’m not sure how else he ever can again.