Mike Montgomery To Receive John R. Wooden Legends Of Coaching Award

Oct. 20, 2003

Los Angeles, Ca - Stanford head basketball coach Mike Montgomery added another honor to his resume when it was announced today that he is the 2004 winner of the John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal accolades. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considered character, coaching philosophy, graduation rate of his student-athletes, success on the court, and his identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.

Montgomery is entering his 18th season as head coach of the Stanford basketball program. Montgomery has compiled a 517-242 (.681) record overall in 17 years at Stanford (1986-2003) and eight seasons at the University of Montana (1978-86). Montgomery boasts an even more impressive 24 winning seasons in his 25 years as a head coach at both Stanford and Montana. Montgomery has led the Cardinal to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Four appearance in 1998.

This is the sixth year of the award. Other winners have been Dean Smith (1999) of the University of North Carolina, Mike Krzyzewski (2000) of Duke University, Arizona's Lute Olson (2001), Denny Crum (2002) of Louisville and Roy Williams (2003) of Kansas.

Montgomery will receive the award at a ceremony in April, 2004.

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