After leading Florida to a 24-7 record and a second place finish in the Southeastern Conference, second-year UF head coach Mike White was named the conference's coach of the year, the league office announced Tuesday.
Under White's tutelage, the Gators are bound for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
“It’s a prestigious honor," White told reporters in Gainesville on Tuesday. "I’ve always been a fan of the Southeastern Conference and it’s an honor to be a part of this conference. Any time you get an award, and I don’t want to take it lightly, but I also understand awards follow good teams."
And his team earned recognition as well.
Graduate transfer Canyon Barry was named the conference's Sixth Man of the Year, an award given to the best player coming off the bench. Barry, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, finished the regular season averaging 12.5 points per game -- second on the team only to KeVaughn Allen. Barry also broke Florida's record for most consecutive free throws made at 42.
Allen was named to the coaches' All-SEC first team. The sophomore shooting guard paced Florida with a 13.9 points-per-game average and made a team-best 67 three-pointers. Senior point guard Kasey Hill landed on the conference's second team and also earned a spot on the SEC All-Defensive team.
"I have good players. I have a good team," White said. "I have a really, really good staff, and when you’re staff is a team themselves, they’re hitting on all cylinders and all pulling in the same direction and you have good talent and you have good kids, you win games. When you win games, guys get awards. I’m really happy for the individual awards our guys achieved. They’re all very well deserved.”