Larranaga Named Virginia Coach of the Year
June 26, 2006
The same day George Mason men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga was nominated for an ESPY as Best Coach/Manager, he received the Virginia Coach of the Year award as voted on by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Also honored by VaSID were Jai Lewis and Lamar Butler. Lewis was named first-team All-State while Butler was chosen to the All-State second team.
Larranaga led the Patriots to the NCAA Final Four and was the winner of the Claire Bee Award. Mason was 27-8 overall and 15-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Patriots finished in a tie for first in the league and earned their first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Larranaga previously won the honor in 1999 when he was named VaSID, CAA and NABC District 4 Coach of the Year.
Lewis was first team after averaging 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. He finished his career as just one of two players in school history with at least 1,500 points, 850 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals. He was named second-team All-State in 2004.
Butler was named to the second team after scoring 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He finished his career as one of three players in school history with at least 1,400 points, 250 assists and 100 steals. He was named honorable mention All-State in 2005.