Former coach Reggie Minton will receive the Court of Honor award

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (July 14, 2022) –Three former men’s college basketball coaches — Roy Williams, Lon Kruger and Reggie Minton — will receive Court of Honor awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation at the 11th Annual Court of Honor Gala on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The gala will take place at 167 Green Street in Chicago. This spectacular venue, with a full-size basketball court on the top floor to host the gala, offers direct access to the amenities, arts and culture of Fulton Market, all modes of transportation and Chicago’s Loop.

Additional information, including how to purchase tickets for the 2022 NABC Foundation Court of Honor Gala honoring these three outstanding coaches, is available at
www.courtofhonorgala.com/about/table2022 or call 816-595-6163

The NABC Foundation will use 100% of net proceeds from this gala to fund its programs, as well as other charitable initiatives.

Among these initiatives this year is ABC-PILSEN, located in Chicago’s underserved Pilsen neighborhood. Its mission is to strengthen community, reduce violence, and enhance the personal trajectory of youth and their families through education, basketball, and community development.

The Court of Honor award is given to individuals who have roots in college basketball, value those roots, and have distinguished themselves in their profession, demonstrating the highest standards of leadership.

“Our three winners this year for the Court of Honor Awards, Roy Williams, Lon Kruger and Reggie Minton, are not only outstanding basketball coaches. They have championed many humanitarian efforts in their own communities and abroad. nationwide,” said Craig Robinson, NABC. and Executive Director of the NABC Foundation. “Lon and Reggie have been mainstays of the Coaches vs Cancer program while Roy has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support numerous charities in the Chapel Hill area, including the Carolina Covenant, an initiative in North Carolina which allows low-income students to attend university without debt.”

As head coach of two of the most prestigious programs in men’s college basketball history, the University of Kansas and the University of North Carolina, Roy Williams guided his teams to a total of 903 wins and only 264 losses, a winning percentage of .774. Williams, retiring at the end of the 2020-21 season from the Tar Heels, ranked fourth overall in career wins among NCAA Division I coaches and is the only Division I coach with 400 wins at two universities.

The North Carolina native graduated from UNC and was an assistant coach under legendary Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith from 1978 to 1988 before moving on to his first collegiate head coaching job at Kansas. During his 15 seasons at Lawrence (1998-99/2002-03), the Jayhawks won 418 games and lost just 101, a winning percentage of .805. Williams took KU to two national championship games, in 1991 and 2003, reached the Final Four four times, the Elite Eight five times and reached the Sweet Sixteen nine times. In conference, the Jayhawks have won five BIG 8 regular season titles, one BIG 8 tournament title, four BIG 12 regular season titles, and two BIG 12 tournament championships.

In 2003, Williams returned to Chapel Hill where his success continued, leading the Tar Heels to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 18 seasons. In only his second season as head coach of his alma mater, UNC defeated Illinois to win the NCAA championship. Williams’ teams have reached the Final Four five times and won three NCAA championships (2005, 2009 and 2017). He is the only coach in NCAA history to lead two different programs to four or more Final Four appearances. Williams capped off his stellar career with a 485-163 record at Carolina, including nine Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and three conference tournament championships.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, Williams has won numerous Coach of the Year awards, including Henry Iba Coach of the Year (1990, 2006), AP Coach of the Year (1992, 2006), Adolph Rupp Cup (2006), John Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2003) and Naismith Coach of the Year (1997).

Williams and his wife Wanda have supported UNC with generous donations for scholarship programs and nonprofit sports for many years. Recently, the couple donated $3 million to support scholarships for athletes, Carolina Covenant Scholars and Chancellor’s Science Scholars.

The first of only three coaches in men’s college basketball history to field five different programs at the NCAA Division I Tournament, Lon Kruger is recognized as a builder of men’s college basketball programs.

Kruger had the unique opportunity to succeed his college coach, Jack Hartman, who retired from Kansas State in 1986. The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the four seasons under Kruger and went on to qualified for the NCAA Elite Eight in 1987-88.

Moving on to rebuilding a struggling basketball program at the University of Florida in 1990, Kruger led the Gators to the first Final Four in Florida history in his third season in Gainesville. His team was 29-8 in 1993-94 and Kruger won SEC Coach of the Year for the second time.

Illinois arrived in 1996 and Kruger moved on to the Big Ten Conference. The Fighting Illini have reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in three of their four seasons, tying for first place in 1998 with a 13-3 win-loss record in conference play.

Kruger left the college ranks to manage the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for three seasons. He was back in the college game in 2004 where he began a highly successful seven-year tenure at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The Runnin’ Rebels dominated the Mountain West Conference and only missed the playoffs once. UNLV won 30 games in 2006-07, qualifying for the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, one of four NCAA Tournament appearances under Kruger, Mountain West’s Coach of the Year in 2008.

The University of Oklahoma became the fifth and final program to advance to the NCAA Tournament with Kruger as head coach. In 10 seasons, the Sooners reached the NCAA Tournament seven times, including the NCAA Final Four in 2015-16. He retired from coaching after the 2020-21 season with a career-high 674 wins and 432 losses.

Throughout his coaching career, Kruger has been a champion of the Coaches vs. Cancer (CvC) program, a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society. He remains chairman of the CvC Council and has raised millions of dollars for the program.

During a long and distinguished career as a military officer, basketball coach and administrator, Régie Minton had a significant impact on men’s college basketball, especially its coaches and student-athletes.

A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Minton was an all-state selection at Bridgeport Central High and was a collegiate star at the College of Wooster. After graduation, he served for over 20 years in the United States Air Force, continuing to earn honors with the All-Air Force and All-Armed Forces teams. He was a substitute for the United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team in 1964.

Minton was the men’s basketball coach at the United State Air Force Academy for 16 seasons, the longest coaching tenure in academy history, and ranks second in career wins. He was the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2000.

That same year, he joined the staff of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as Associate Executive Director. In 2004, NABC Executive Director Jim Haney elevated Minton to Deputy Executive Director, a position he held until his retirement in September 2020.

Minton assisted Haney on issues that impacted college basketball and its coaches, legislative actions, and other matters with the NCAA, including preparation for the NABC convention, held annually in conjunction with the Men’s Final Four. He also chaired the selection committee for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Throughout his career, Minton has been active with USA Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and the NIT Selection Committee. He has served on numerous NCAA committees, including a term as Chairman of the Rules Committee and as a consultant to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Matters Committee.

Minton served as an NABC liaison in its collaboration with the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer program, which has raised over $100 million since its inception. The CvC honored him in 2021 by unveiling the Reggie Minton Diversity in Cancer Research Internship Grant. This one-time grant will support the Society’s broader Diversity in Cancer Research Fellowship program, which will have a direct and potentially life-changing impact on the lives of more than 20 undergraduate students.

On Sept. 9, Minton will receive the 2022 John H. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the most prestigious award given outside of consecration.

History of the Cour d’honneur award

The first Court of Honor Experience gala took place in April 2009 in Chicago, where Jerry Colangelopresident of USA Basketball and the man who brought together the gold medal-winning American Olympic teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016 received the Court of Honor award.

2010: former senator Bill Bradleywho combined distinguished careers in basketball, politics and government to become an iconic figure across America.

2011: Phil Knightchairman and co-founder of Nike, Inc., the world’s largest sports and fitness company.

2013: jim nantz of CBS Sports, multi-Emmy award-winning sportscaster and NCAA spokesperson® Final Four Men®.

2014 : Dick VitaleESPN college basketball analyst and unofficial “ambassador” for the game.

2015 : Legendary Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson, Jr. who led Georgetown University to 10 BIG EAST titles and the 1984 NCAA Championship.

2016: Georges Ravelinginducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, head coach of Washington State, Iowa and USC and director of global basketball for Nike, Inc.

2017: Mike KrzyzewskiHall of Fame head coach from Duke University, who guided the Blue Devils to five NCAA championships and is the NCAA’s all-time leader in career wins with 1,202.

2018: Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and John RogersChairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, longtime champions of education, literacy and national service.

2019: Syracuse University Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheimwho has spent his entire head coaching career at his alma mater and has 1,099 career wins.

No prizes were awarded in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

Court of Honor galas were held in New York after 2009.

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