Mike Montgomery, Josh Childress Honored by Pacific-10 Conference
March 8, 2004
Walnut Creek, Ca - In a vote of the ten Conference coaches, Stanford head basketball coach Mike Montgomery has been named 2003-04 Pac-10 Coach of the Year while All-America candidate Josh Childress has been named Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Childress, a first time all-conference selection, becomes the first Cardinal player ever to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. His team-high 15.2 points per game average helped the Cardinal capture their eleventh conference title and fourth in the last six years. Childress has recorded six double-doubles this season and is ranked fifth in the league in rebounding, posting 7.4 rebounds per game.
'I'm very surprised,' said Childress. 'There were so many guys who were deserving of it. I'm extremely honored to get the award.'
Montgomery has guided Stanford to a 26-1 record, a 17-1 mark in the Pac-10, and a #2 national ranking. Montgomery led the Cardinal to their tenth consecutive 20-win season and has the Cardinal on the brink of making their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. This is the fourth Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for Montgomery, and second consecutive, having earned Co-Coach of the Year honors last season with Lute Olson of Arizona. By winning the league title by five games, the Cardinal tied Arizona (1988, 1993) for winning the Pac-10 by the greatest margin.
'It's a great honor to be recognized by your peers,' said Montgomery. 'I thought several coaches in the league did excellent jobs this year and they could have been nominated. Even some people with not so great records did a great job.'
Stanford point-guard Chris Hernandez joins Childress on the ten-man All Pac-10 team. Hernandez, a sophomore from Fresno, is averaging 10.6 points per game for the Cardinal, and led the Conference in free throw percentage (.921) and three-point field goal percentage (.463). In addition, Hernandez is fifth in the conference in assists with 4.68 per game.
Justin Davis and Matt Lottich earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 honors. Davis, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, is averaging 11.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Lottich is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game. Lottich is fifth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.92.
In addition to Stanford's Childress and Hernandez on the All Pac-10 first team, those players named included Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Desmon Farmer (USC), Channing Frye (Arizona), Andre Iguodala (Arizona), Luke Jackson (Oregon), David Lucas (Oregon State), Leon Powe (California) and Nate Robinson (Washington).
In addition to Davis and Lottich on the Honorable Mention list, those named included Hassan Adams (Arizona), Ian Crosswhite (Oregon), T.J. Cummings (UCLA), Thomas Kelati (Washington State), Marcus Moore (Washington State), Brandon Roy (Washington), Salim Stoudamire (Arizona) and Dijon Thompson (UCLA). Powe was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
Stanford Men's Basketball Quotes - 3/8
Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On Being Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year For The Fourth Time
'It's a great honor to be recognized by your peers. I thought that several coaches in the league did excellent jobs this year and they could have been nominated. Even some people with not so great records did a great job. There's more to coaching than just winning, because sometimes it's difficult and you have situations. Obviously, I'm very pleased.'
On Stanford Junior Josh Childress Being Named Pac-10 Player of the Year
'I'm pleased for Josh. I thought that there were three to four players on our team that could have gotten that. I think the obvious thing is, when you win league, especially by five games, most coaches probably felt that it (The Player of the Year) should come from our team. I'm sure Josh would be the first to say that there were several other people it could have been. Chris (Hernandez) and Lotty (Matt Lottich), namely, and of course Justin (Davis) if he would have stayed healthy. I've always told the kids that individual honors come with team success and I think that is both for the Coach of the Year award and the Player of the Year.'
On Who He Thought Should Have Been Player Of The Year
'A couple of coaches asked me who I thought from our team should be the MVP because they felt like we should have it just because we won the league by so many games. I really told them that I don't want to be the one to decide. So they were left to their own devices. I'm sure that Josh's 36 and 29 point games toward the end of the league had a lot to do with that.'
Stanford Junior Josh Childress
On Being Named Pac-10 Player Of The Year
'I'm very surprised. Jason Haas just came in and told me and I was just shocked. There were so many guys who were deserving of it. I'm extremely honored to get the award.'
On How Much The Success Of The Team Played In Him Winning The Award
'If you look at my numbers, they are much lower than those guys. I averaged 15 points and Luke (Jackson of Oregon) and Ike (Diogu) averaged something like 22 or 23. When you're winning, it always helps. Fortunately we won the majority of our games.'
On Feeling Comfortable On The Court After Coming Back From Injury
'A lot of that was mental. Mentally I got very comfortable. My coaches and my teammates told me to be really aggressive and it was like a light bulb went off and I was able to have a few big games. I was also able to stay aggressive. If things weren't going my way in the first half, I didn't worry about it. I never got down on myself and I never hesitated.'