LAWRENCE, Kan. - The leader of KU hoops is heading into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Bill Self, a native of Edmond, Okla., is one of seven individuals in the 2013 class for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb made the announcement on Tuesday.
The induction ceremony will take place on Aug. 5, 2013 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been inducted into anything like that,” Self said. “It’s a great honor. I’m really proud of my state and respect all the people in different sports and different areas that have contributed to the rich sports history of Oklahoma.”
A four-year letterwinner and an All-Big Eight freshman selection, Self played at Oklahoma State University under coach Paul Hansen from 1982-85. He was named the Oklahoma High School Basketball Player of the Year in 1981 while at Edmond Memorial High School. Self was born in Okmulgee, Okla.
Before becoming the head coach at KU, Self served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State under Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton from 1986-93. His first head coach job was at Oral Roberts in 1993-94. Then after four seasons, he moved across town to be the head coach at Tulsa starting in 1997-98. He led the Golden Hurricane to an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in 2000.
Self will be joined in the hall of fame by Wayne Baughman (University of Oklahoma wrestling), Clay Bennett (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder), Nadia Comaneci (Olympic gold medal gymnast), LeRoy Gutowski (Oklahoma City University and NFL standout), Jimmy Harris (Oklahoma football) and John Henry Ward (Oklahoma State University two-sport All-American).
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1986. A 20-name ballot of the state’s greatest sports figures is selected each year from a list of nearly 150 nominees.
Selection is determined by accomplishments in sports and identification with Oklahoma. Voters choose at least two inductees, while the honors committee selects additional honorees. For more information, go to http://www.jimthorpeassoc.org/2013/01/15/oklahoma-sports-hall-of-fame-names-2013-inductees/.
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