Lickliter named NABC Coach of Year

Updated: April 2, 2007, 9:53 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Todd Lickliter was named Division I Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches after leading Butler to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.

Later Monday, Iowa announced that they were making him the school's next head coach, replacing Steve Alford.

Lickliter received the groups highest honor Sunday night in Atlanta as part of Final Four weekend activities.

Butler finished 29-7. The Bulldogs won the NIT Season Tip-off championship and were ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 for 16 consecutive weeks. Butler opened the season with 10 straight wins, including a victory over Purdue in the Wooden Tradition.

Lickliter has a 131-61 record in six years at Butler. The Bulldogs have reached the NCAA Tournament in four of his six years.

A No. 5 seed this March, Butler beat Old Dominion and Maryland before losing to defending national champion Florida.

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