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Houston’s Kelvin Sampson named AP Coach of the Year

In a pivotal moment during the NCAA Tournament, the Houston Cougars, led by top-seeded Kelvin Sampson, showcased their unwavering dominance against the Longwood Lancers. This particular instance underscored Sampson’s coaching philosophy, which has been instrumental in the team’s remarkable success.

Late in the game, with Houston comfortably ahead, Longwood’s DA Houston managed to sink a three-pointer despite the defensive efforts of Mylik Wilson. Longwood’s coach, Griff Aldrich, recounted the play, highlighting Sampson’s insistence on excellence even in moments of apparent victory.

Sampson’s coaching style, characterized by relentless demand for excellence, has propelled the Houston Cougars to remarkable achievements. The team clinched the Big 12 regular-season title in their inaugural year in the league and secured a coveted No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Their consistent performance has seen them advance through the tournament’s opening weekend for five consecutive years.

Despite a setback in the Sweet 16 against Duke, where All-American guard Jamal Shead sustained an injury, Sampson’s coaching prowess was recognized with his second Associated Press Coach of the Year award, announced recently.

Shead commended Sampson’s coaching approach, emphasizing the coach’s unwavering commitment to pushing the team to their limits. Sampson’s recognition by the national panel, receiving 23 out of 62 votes from the AP Top 25, solidifies his standing as one of college basketball’s premier coaches.

Sampson’s coaching philosophy is deeply rooted in his upbringing in North Carolina, where principles of hard work and accountability were instilled by his parents. He has imparted these values to his players, evident in their rigorous training regimen focused on discipline and teamwork.

Under Sampson’s guidance, the Houston Cougars have undergone a remarkable transformation from a struggling team to perennial contenders for championships. Their journey reflects Sampson’s unwavering dedication and his ability to inspire his team to greatness.

As Houston continues to pursue success in the NCAA Tournament, Sampson’s coaching legacy serves as a testament to the power of dedication, accountability, and hard work in achieving excellence both on and off the court.