MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber was selected as the co-recipient of the 2019 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year away. This comes after he helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup over last summer.
Weber shares the award with Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz, who also led the USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team to a gold medal.
“Just coaching a team for USA Basketball is a special honor in of itself – to just represent your country – and to win a gold medal like we did, made it even more special,” said Weber. “To throw another honor on to it, there aren’t even words to describe my emotions. It’s a special recognition that I’m very proud of. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to coach the U19 team and can’t thank the players and assistants Mike Hopkins, LeVelle Moton and Shane Southwell enough for their hard work and commitment to winning the gold medal.”
The award is designed to honor a USA Basketball head coach who made a "significant impact on the success of the individual athlete and team performance at the highest levels of competition in a manner consistent with the highest ethical, professional and moral standards."
In his first time as a head coach in the USA Basketball system, Weber led Team USA to it's seventh gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup. They held a perfect 7-0 record on the way to the gold.
“Jeff Walz and Bruce Weber guided our 2019 USA men’s and women’s U19 national teams back atop the gold medal podium,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer. “USA Basketball is grateful for their leadership and commitment, and we are proud to recognize them for their tremendous efforts.”