After leading his team to a 16-2 conference record, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was named 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Bennett received 68 ACSMA votes, while North Carolina’s Roy Williams was second with six votes.
Bennett has guided the Cavaliers to a 25-6 overall record this season in addition to UVa's first outright regular-season conference title since 1981.
The Cavaliers, who were picked to finish fourth in the preseason by media in attendance at the ACC’s Operation Basketball, tied the conference record for league wins in a season and will head to this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro as the No. 1 seed.
UVa leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 55.4 points per game. The 'Hoos have forced opponents to shoot a collective 38.4 percent. The Cavaliers are also one of three teams in the nation to improve its win total in each of the past five seasons.
Bennett is the fourth Cavalier to earn ACC Coach of the Year honors, joining Bill Gibson (1972), Terry Holland (1981, 1982) and Dave Leitao (2007).