Billy Eugene Self Jr. (born December 27, 1962) is the NCAA Division-1 men's college basketball coach at the University of Kansas. During his 16 seasons as head coach, he's led the Jayhawks to at least a share of an NCAA record 14 straight Big 12 regular season championships (2005–2018), three NCAA Final Four appearances (2008, 2012, 2018), and the 2008 NCAA championship. Self was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2017. Self, as of the end of the 2018-19 season, has the 23rd most wins among Division I coaches in NCAA History and 8th among active head coaches.
Self during 2008 White House visit
|Annual salary||$7.15 million|
|Born||December 27, 1962|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986–1993||Oklahoma State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2017 (profile)
As coach at Kansas, Self has a record of 202–11 (.957 win percentage) at historic Allen Fieldhouse. In his tenure at Kansas, Self has had 3 home winning streaks of more than 30 wins including a school record and 11th-best all-time 69 game streak. During his tenure at Kansas, he has recruited several McDonald's All-Americans to Kansas, including Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry, Andrew Wiggins, Cliff Alexander, Wayne Selden Jr., Cheick Diallo, and Josh Jackson.
Self has implemented a strong hi-lo motion offense using size as an advantage in the paint, and a pressing man to man defense on all his teams from his early coaching days at the University of Tulsa through the present. He has also shown great adaptability on the court and has implemented sometimes drastic adjustments as needed to his defensive schemes with various degrees of success. Despite Self's consistency, many reporters have questioned his abilities in the NCAA Tournament because of various upsets in early rounds, as well as a 3–7 record in the regional finals, despite being a #1 seed 7 times.
With a salary of $7.15 million for the 2017–18 season, Self is tied for third highest paid college basketball coach in the United States behind Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky coach John Calipari and is tied with Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann. He signed a 10-year contract extension in 2012, keeping him under contract with the Jayhawks until the 2021–22 season
Self was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where his father was the girl's basketball coach at nearby Morris High School. He received a basketball scholarship to play at Oklahoma State University. He was a letter winner all four years he played. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business in 1985 and a master's degree in athletic administration in 1989. He received both degrees from Oklahoma State.
Collegiate coaching historyEdit
Early coaching jobsEdit
In 1985, Self joined Larry Brown's coaching staff at the University of Kansas. He remained at Kansas as an Assistant Coach for the 1985–1986 season. Between 1986 and 1993, Self was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University under Leonard Hamilton, followed by Eddie Sutton.
After Oral Roberts (ORU) compiled a 5–22 record in the 1992–1993 season, the worst in its history, Bill Self was hired as its head coach. In his first season at ORU, the team managed only six wins/victories. Things improved slightly the following year, when ORU won ten games. In Self's third season, he guided the Golden Eagles to an 18–9 record, and in his fourth season, (1996–1997), ORU registered a 21–7 record as the school made its first postseason tournament appearance since its 1983–1984 appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
After rebuilding the Golden Eagles, Self was hired by crosstown rival Tulsa and spent three seasons (1998 to 2000) there, compiling a Tulsa-best 74–27 record. While at TU, Self coached the Hurricane to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. In the 1999–2000 season, in addition to setting a school single-season record for victories by compiling a 32–5 record, Self led the Golden Hurricane to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance.
On June 9, 2000, Illinois named Bill Self the head coach of their basketball program. Self's predecessor, Lon Kruger, had recently left the Illinois program to accept a job in the NBA as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
In 2000–01, his first season at Illinois, Self coached a squad of mostly Lon Kruger recruits to a 27–8 record (13–3 conference record), a share of the Big Ten title, and a final Associated Press ranking of 4th in the nation, resulting in the Fighting Illini earning a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Self coached Illinois guards Frank Williams and Cory Bradford, along with guard/forward Sergio McClain, forward Brian Cook, and center Marcus Griffin, to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The Illini failed to advance beyond the Elite Eight after falling to eventual tournament finalists number 2 seeded Arizona. The 2000–01 Illini roster included future NBA players Frank Williams, Robert Archibald and Brian Cook. With mostly the same core, Illinois followed up the season with impressive 2001–02 and 2002–03 campaigns, but fell in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2002 to Kansas, and the second round in 2003 to Notre Dame.
Self was responsible for the recruitment of many of the 2005 Fighting Illini team, which won the Big Ten title under Bruce Weber. Bruce Weber replaced Self prior to the 2003–04 season and coached the 2005 Fighting Illini to an NCAA record-tying 37–2 record before falling to North Carolina in the NCAA championship game. In Self's three seasons in Illinois, he led the Fighting Illini to two Big Ten regular-season championships, a Big Ten Tournament title, and three straight NCAA tournament appearances.
After the 2002–03 season, Roy Williams left Kansas to take over at North Carolina. This vacancy left many speculating that Self would take what was well-publicized as his "dream job" with the Jayhawks. Self told a large group of Illini supporters that he was happy at Illinois. Self left for Kansas just a few days later.
The following season, the Jayhawks were ranked the preseason #1 and started off 20–1, but slumped and lost six of their final nine games. Kansas received a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and lost to #14 seed Bucknell in the first round. The team finished 23–7 and settled for a Big 12 co-championship with Oklahoma.
In 2005–06, little was expected of the young Jayhawks, as they were unranked in the preseason polls and picked to finish 6th in the conference. They began the season 10–6, including 1–2 in the Big 12. Although they did post a 73–46 win over Kentucky, they also saw the end of their 31-game winning streak over rival Kansas State with a 59–55 loss at Allen Fieldhouse, and two nights later blew a seven-point lead in the final 45 seconds of regulation en route to an 89–86 overtime loss at Missouri. But afterward, the Jayhawks matured rapidly, winning 15 of their final 17 games. They picked up impressive road wins over Texas A&M (83–73), Iowa State (95–85), Nebraska (69–48), and Oklahoma State (64–49). They mounted a monumental comeback victory over Oklahoma (59–58) after falling behind by as many as 16 in the second half, and avenged their loss to Missouri with a 79–46 victory over the Missouri Tigers in Lawrence, Kansas.
KU did stumble against Texas, taking an 80–55 beating, but by winning their final two Big 12 games over Colorado and at Kansas State (avenging the earlier loss at home), took advantage of a Texas loss to Texas A&M to force a tie for the Big 12 title at 13–3. KU played as the #2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, and avenged the loss to Texas with an 80–68 victory over the Longhorns in the final to clinch the Tournament championship. KU was handed a #4 seed for the NCAA Tournament but stumbled again in the first round with a loss to the #13 seed Bradley.
Prior to the 2006–07 season, Bill Self was 72–24 (.750) in three seasons at KU, 279–129 (.683) in 13 seasons overall and 13–8 in NCAA Tournament play. On February 10, 2007, Self-recorded his 300th career win in a 92–74 victory at Missouri. Self led Kansas to the 2007 Big 12 regular season championship with a 14–2 record, highlighted by a win over Kevin Durant-led Texas in a pair of monumental, come-from-behind victories in the last game of the regular season and in the Big 12 Championship game. At the end of the regular season, Kansas stood at 27–4 and ranked #2 in the nation in both the AP and Coaches' polls. In the NCAA Tournament, Self's Jayhawks received a #1 seed, and advanced to Self's fourth career Elite Eight, with the team garnering commanding wins over #16 seeded Niagara and #8 seeded Kentucky, as well as a victory over the #4 seeded Southern Illinois. Kansas's tournament run ended in the Elite Eight with a loss to 2-seed UCLA.
In 2007–08, Kansas started the season 20–0 before suffering its first loss at Kansas State. Michael Beasley led KSU past the Jayhawks at Bramlage Coliseum. The defeat marked Kansas' first loss in its last 24 trips to Manhattan, Kansas, where KU had remained undefeated since 1983. Kansas eventually won the Big 12 regular season title and the Big 12 conference tournament, and secured a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
On March 30, 2008, Self led Kansas to a win in the Elite Eight over Davidson. KU won by two, 59–57, after a last second shot by Davidson's Jason Richards drew only backboard. The Jayhawks went on to play the overall #1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the semifinals, who were coached by Self's predecessor at Kansas, Roy Williams. The Jayhawks jumped on the Tar Heels early, leading 40–12 at one point, before recording an authoritative 84–66 victory and advancing to the National Championship game.
On April 7, 2008, Kansas defeated John Calipari-led Memphis in overtime, 75–68, earning KU its first National Title since 1988. Mario Chalmers, who forced Memphis to overtime by hitting a three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament.
In August 2008, Self signed a new 10-year contract guaranteeing him $3 million annually, making him the second-highest-paid coach in college basketball at the time, following Florida's Billy Donovan.
The Jayhawks lost their entire starting lineup and two reserves to the NBA draft following the 2008 season, returning only two role players from the NCAA Championship squad. However, Self did have the 9th best recruiting class in the nation, with two future NBA players Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris. With guard Sherron Collins and center Cole Aldrich, Self responded by coaching the team to a 27–8 season record, a Big 12 championship, a Sweet Sixteen showing in the NCAA Tournament, and several national coach of the year awards.
Going into the 2009–10 season, the Jayhawks were ranked number 1 in the preseason polls. The team went 33–3 and won Self's sixth-straight Big 12 Championship, something no team had accomplished in a BCS conference since John Wooden's UCLA teams of the 1960s and 70s. The team also won the Big 12 Tournament, Self's third. Self reached his 400th career victory with a win over Iowa State on February 13. The Jayhawks had their 2,000th win in school history under Self when they defeated Texas Tech, joining Kentucky and North Carolina as the only schools to record such an achievement. However, the Jayhawks were seeded 1st in the NCAA Tournament and were upset by 9th-seeded Northern Iowa in the second round.
Recruiting began immediately for the 2010–11 season, as Kansas landed top recruit Josh Selby in April. By September 2010, both The Sporting News and Athlon Sports had ranked Kansas in their pre-season outlook as #4 overall and, along with ESPN's Joe Lunardi, were projected to become a #1 seed again in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Blue Ribbon and the USA Today/ESPN coaches polls both placed Kansas at #7 in the pre-season poll. Josh Selby became eligible mid season and joined the Jayhawks beginning December 18 against USC. The Jayhawks went 29–2 during the regular season, winning the Big-12 Conference title and the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.
Self was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the third time on March 6, both in the coaches' poll and by the Associated Press. The Jayhawks entered the NCAA Tournament as the #1 seed in the Southwest Region, defeating #16 seed Boston and #9 seed Illinois to advance to the Sweet 16 where they beat #12 seed Richmond. Kansas lost to #11 seed VCU, a team many didn't think deserved to be in the tournament, by 10 points in the Elite Eight after never leading during the game.
Over the last five seasons (2007–2011), Self's KU teams won 165 games, an average of 33.0 wins a year, passing Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (164 wins, 32.8 a year from 1998 to 2002) and Jerry Tarkanian of UNLV (163 wins, 32.6 a year from 1987–1991) for the highest 5-year win total of any men's basketball coach in Division I history.
In the 2010–11 season, Self led the Jayhawks past North Carolina to end the season at number 2 on the all-time wins list, trailing leader Kentucky by 14 games (List of teams with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball).
In 2011–12, having lost four starters from the 2010–11 team, Kansas faced an apparent rebuilding year. Two of Bill Self's recruits were ruled ineligible by the NCAA, and those who moved into the starting positions had seen little action in prior years. Kansas began the season with a 7–3 record, and though there were wins over Georgetown and UCLA in Maui and an upset of Ohio State in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas lost to Kentucky by ten points, to Duke by seven points in the Maui finals, and to Davidson by six points in an upset in Kansas City. Self later stated that, after the loss to Davidson, he worried of his team's chances of making the NCAA Tournament that year.
Kansas won its last three non-conference games, and went 16–2 through the Big 12 to capture an eighth straight Big 12 regular-season championship. On February 25, 2012, Kansas erased a 19-point deficit at home against its arch-rival, No. 3 ranked Missouri, winning 87–86 in overtime to clinch the Big 12 title. Kansas faltered in the 2012 Big 12 Tournament, losing to Baylor in the semifinals.
The Jayhawks entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament as a #2-seed in the Midwest Regional. After a win over Detroit Mercy, the Jayhawks rallied for a comeback victory over Purdue in the second round, a game in which Kansas led for only 45 seconds. In the regional rounds, Kansas secured a narrow victory over North Carolina State before facing top-seeded but injury-riddled North Carolina in the regional final. In only their second meeting against former KU coach Roy Williams, the Jayhawks sprinted with UNC to a 47–47 halftime tie, before ultimately claiming an 80–67 victory and a trip to New Orleans for the Final Four.
With a 64–62 victory over Ohio State, Kansas advanced to the championship game to face Kentucky, a rematch of their earlier encounter in November. The Jayhawks fell behind by as many as eighteen points against the Wildcats in the first half. Kansas trimmed the deficit to five late in the second half, but ultimately lost, 67–59. The Jayhawks concluded the year with a 32–7 record, and Self was named the Naismith Coach of the Year.
With four seniors in the starting lineup and redshirt freshman Ben McLemore eligible to play, expectations were high for Kansas. The Jayhawks got off to a fast start, winning 19 of their first 20 games, including the CBE Classic in Kansas City. But then they hit a 3-game skid, losing at home to Oklahoma State, at TCU and at Oklahoma. Following the Jayhawks' loss to a TCU team that had been winless in Big 12 play to that point and would finish last in the league, Self made national headlines when he called his team worse than James Naismith's teams that lost to the Topeka YMCA. KU recovered from its 3-game skid and went on to share the Big 12 championship with Kansas State, and then won the Big 12 Tournament by beating KSU 70–54 in the title game. The team earned a 1-seed for the NCAA Tournament's South Region and picked up wins against Western Kentucky and North Carolina to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. However, the team's tournament run was cut short when Kansas blew a 14-point lead in the final minutes and lost to eventual national runner-up Michigan in overtime, finishing the year 31–6.
With star freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid on the roster, Kansas entered the season as the #5 team in the country. They started off well with five straight wins, including a victory over Duke in the Champions' Classic. However, the team went 4–4 over its next eight games, including back-to-back losses to Colorado and Florida and an ugly home loss to San Diego State. The team recovered from this rough stretch and began Big 12 play with seven straight wins, ultimately finishing 14–4 to win its 10th consecutive Big 12 title. A back injury to Joel Embiid, however, left the Jayhawks vulnerable on their interior defense, and they fizzled out at season's end with four losses in their final seven games, including a loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals in Kansas City and an NCAA Tournament Round of 32 loss to Stanford to end the year. Kansas concluded the year 25–10, the first ten-loss season for Kansas since Roy Williams' 1999–2000 Jayhawks went 24–10.
As usual, Kansas signed another highly regarded recruiting class, adding Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Cliff Alexander to its roster, and the Jayhawks began the campaign as the #5 team in the country for the second straight year. KU stumbled out of the gate with a humbling 32-point defeat at the hands of #1 Kentucky in its second game, and then also suffered an embarrassing 25-point loss on the road at Temple in late December. Once Big 12 play rolled around, however, the Jayhawks regained momentum, winning eight of their first nine league contests, ultimately capturing their 11th consecutive Big 12 title. However, success in the NCAA Tournament would not come as Self's Jayhawks were beaten 78–65 by Wichita State in the round of 32.
Self won his 200th game at Allen Fieldhouse this season. To this point, he has only lost 9 games there all-time. Under Self, the Jayhawks finished the regular season in the #1 spot of the AP poll and Coaches poll, securing the #1 seed in the South Region.
KU easily disposed of Austin Peay in its opening round game, 105–79, and then defeated UConn in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16 to face Maryland. After a slow start by the Jayhawks, Kansas rallied to win over the Terrapins, 79–63. The Jayhawks then lost a closely fought matchup against the eventual national champions Villanova in the Elite Eight, 64–59.
On November 18, 2016, after an 86–65 win over Siena, Bill Self passed Ted Owens for most wins at Allen Fieldhouse with 207. On December 6, 2016, Bill Self achieved his 600th win with a 105–62 win over UMKC. He is the 9th fastest coach in NCAA history to win 600 games. On February 18, 2017, Self was announced as one of 14 finalists named from over 100 candidates to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The inductees will be announced April 3 prior to the National Championship game.
Kansas began their season with complications as star Freshman Billy Preston was sidelined due to an NCAA investigation. Even without the star freshman Kansas began their season by winning their first seven games including a quality win against #7 ranked Kentucky. The Jayhawks then went on to lose their next two games including a home loss to 16th ranked Arizona State. This would be the first of three home losses for the season with the addition of losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. These three home losses were the most Self has suffered in a single season at Kansas.[circular reference] The team went on to finish the regular season 27-7 before securing the #1 seed in the Midwest Region.[circular reference]
Kansas won their first game against Pennsylvania by wide margin, then fought through and won their next two games against Seton Hall and Clemson to advance to the Elite Eight. In the Elite Eight the Jayhawks faced a tough Duke team and ultimately won in overtime 85-81 to advance to the Final Four where they would fall to #1 seed of the East region Villanova who would go on to become the national champions.[circular reference]
Professional players coachedEdit
In June 2006, Self and his wife, Cindy, established the Assists Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as a fundraising conduit for organizations that serve a variety of youth initiatives. The mission of Assists is to help provide young people access to better lives.
Assists held its first public fundraiser June 7, 2008—Bill's Basketball Boogie (www.basketballboogie.org) at Kansas Speedway. Over fifty local businesses and Kansas supporters signed on to sponsor the event, which offered opportunities to socialize with past and present Kansas basketball elite and to purchase valuable basketball memorabilia and travel and entertainment venues through the auction. Entertainment was provided by Sawyer Brown and Disco Dick.
Head coaching recordEdit
Six assistant coaches under Bill Self have gone on to hold head coaching positions:
- Billy Gillispie: UTEP (2002–2004); Texas A&M (2004–2007); Kentucky (2007–2009); Texas Tech (2011–2012)
- Norm Roberts: St. John's (2004–2010)
- Tim Jankovich: Illinois State (2007–2012); SMU (2016–Present)
- Danny Manning: Tulsa (2012–2014); Wake Forest (2014–Present)
- Joe Dooley: Florida Gulf Coast (2013–2018); East Carolina (2018–present)
- Kyle Keller: Stephen F. Austin (2016–present)
Self is married with two children, a daughter and a son. His daughter graduated from Kansas in 2013. His son, Tyler, played basketball at Kansas from 2012 to 2017 and is the Basketball Operations quality assurance assistant for the San Antonio Spurs.
- Hawkins, Stephen (March 9, 2015). "Bill Self Big 12 Coach of the Year". KSNW-TV. Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
Self is the first four-time AP Big 12 Coach of the Year winner, edging West Virginia coach Bob Huggins for this year's award.
- "Kansas' Bill Self to be Inducted into Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame". University of Kansas Official Athletic Site. January 15, 2013. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, May 15, 2003, p. 237. "The chancellor at Urbana recommends the appointment of Bruce B. Weber...as head men's basketball coach...Mr. Weber succeeds Billy Eugene Self, Jr., who resigned from the position."
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- Jimmie Tramel, "Starting point: Kansas’ Bill Self began his career as a head coach in 1993 when he took over the struggling ORU program", Tulsa World, March 15, 2011.
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- "24 year streak". .kusports.com. January 30, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- Currently, he is the third highest compensated behind Donovan and John Calipari, who signed an eight-year, $31.65 million deal with Kentucky on April 1, 2009. Self Discusses his new Deal, Lawrence Journal-World.
- Corcoran, Tully (February 22, 2010). "Sixth Straight Big 12 Championship". Cjonline.com. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- Bedore, Gary (February 14, 2010). "400th Win". .kusports.com. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
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- Bedore, Gary (March 8, 2011). "Not without fault: Bill Self confesses shortcoming after winning AP award". Lawrence Journal World. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
Kansas University's Bill Self, who was named the Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year on Monday — a day after the league coaches accorded him the same honor — insists he has his faults.
- "Division I Records" (PDF). Fs.ncaa.org. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- University of Kansas Official Athletic Site – Men's Basketball
- "NCAA tournament 2012 – Bill Self proves he's worthy – ESPN". Espn.go.com. March 26, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
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- "Kansas rolls over UMKC to give Bill Self win No. 600". USAToday.com.
- "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Fourteen Finalists for Class of 2017 Election". HoopHall.com.
- Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
- 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
- 2017–18 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
- "The San Antonio Spurs sign Tyler Self". Vox Media, Inc.