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Villanova coach Jay Wright to receive Legends of Coaching award

Men's College Basketball, Villanova Wildcats

LOS ANGELES -- Villanova's Jay Wright will receive the John R. Wooden Award Legends of Coaching honor.

The annual award is given to college basketball coaches who exemplify the late UCLA legend's standard of coaching success and personal integrity. Wooden's daughter Nan announced the selection on Tuesday.

Wright will be recognized on April 6 at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles.

Wright has spent 16 years at Villanova, where he earned his 500th career victory last season and led the Wildcats to the 2016 national championship. He is a five-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year winner.

Other previous winners of the award include Roy Williams of Kansas, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Tara VanDerveer of Stanford and the late Dean Smith of North Carolina.

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