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Coach Cronin Honored as Los Angeles Coach of the Year

Mar 8, 2022
UCLA coach Mick Cronin (photo by Don Liebig)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA's Mick Cronin was honored as the 2021 Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council at the 17th annual LA Sports Awards, which aired with a one-hour show on Tuesday on Spectrum SportsNet.
The LA Sports Awards, presented each year by the Los Angeles Sports Council, recognizes some of the Los Angeles area's top sports moments, leaders, athletes and personalities from the past year.
Cronin, in his third year as The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach, has guided the Bruins to a 64-28 record as UCLA's head coach. Last season, the Bruins went 22-10 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 2008. The Bruins won five consecutive NCAA Tournament games, including an overtime decision against Michigan State in the First Four, to reach the national semifinals.
The LA Sports Awards' premiere event took place on Monday evening, while the award show aired on Spectrum SportsNet on Tuesday night.
Cronin, hired at UCLA in April of 2019, led the Bruins to a 19-12 record in his first season (2019-20) before the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the college basketball campaign. The Bruins won 12 of their first 15 games in 2020-21 before picking up momentum in March, en route to the NCAA Final Four appearance.
The UCLA men's basketball team returns to action this Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Coach Cronin helped the Bruins to a 23-6 overall record during the regular season (in 2022). UCLA will take on either Washington State or California on Thursday night (6 p.m., PT) at T-Mobile Arena.