Bill Self grew up in Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State. Kansas is where he’s emerged as one of the top coaches in all of college basketball.
Self took over the Jayhawks in 2003. In 2008, he brought KU its third national championship.
Back in 2017, Bill Self was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It is very fitting, then, that he is now being honored by his adopted home state.
The Kansas Society of Washington, D.C. has named Bill Self as the 2019 Kansan of the Year.
Self joins a list that features a number of major sports figures going back to 2007, with Kansas State football legend Bill Snyder, NFL great Jordy Nelson, Maryland hoops coach and Topeka native Mark Turgeon, and former MLB star Adam LaRoche.
KU men’s basketball head coach Bill Self was named the 2019 Kansan of the Year by the Kansas Society of Washington, D.C, at its annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Westin Washington, D.C., City Center.
Self, his wife Cindy, KU athletics director Jeff Long, other athletic department staff and University of Kansas officials made the trip to Washington to be part of the festivities along with Kansas’ government representatives.
Self is 473-106 record in 16 seasons as head coach of the Jayhawks. In that time, he has captured 14 Big 12 titles, failing to win the conference for the first time since his inaugural season at Kansas in 2019.
With some solid returning talent and a strong recruiting class, Self will be a strong favorite to get back to the top of the conference, and perhaps challenge for a second national title, in 2019-20.