HOUSTON — University of Houston men's basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson is the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Sampson led the Cougars to a 29-2 record this season. It's also the first time the program one an outright regular season conference championship since 1984, during the Phi Slama Jama glory years.
The Cougars won their first 15 games to start the season before losing to Temple in early January. They most recently lost to Central Florida last month.
Prior to that, Houston owned the nation's longest home winning streak at 33 games.
This is just the latest award for Sampson in 2019. He became just the 52nd coach in NCAA history to reach 600 wins in his career with a victory over Southern Methodist in mid-January. That win also made him the fasted coach in UH history to reach 100 wins at the university.
The only other UH basketball coach to win consecutive conference coach of the year honors is the late Hall of Fame coach Guy V. Lewis, who did it in 1983-84 in the Southwest Conference.
Sampson now has six conference coach of the year awards from four different leagues dating back to the 80s. He won it in the Frontier League for Montana Tech in 1983 and '85; Pac-10 at Washington State in 1991 and in the Big Eight at Oklahoma in 1995.
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