Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan Claims SEC Coach of the Year Award

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On Tuesday morning, SEC officials rang in with their selections for some of the big accolades across the conference from the 2012-13 regular season.

Aided by the all-league accolades of Erik Murphy, Patric Young, Michael Rosario and Kenny Boynton, Florida head coach Billy Donovan was also honored in Tuesday’s selections.

Donovan was named the 2013 SEC Coach of the Year after guiding the Gators to a regular season conference championship and a No. 1 seed within the upcoming SEC Tournament. Donovan, who has won two National Championships in his time at Florida, led the Gators to a 24-6 mark this season, but their work is far from over.

Florida is currently gearing up for a run within the SEC Tournament, as they hope to collect their first tournament championship since 2007. That year also marks the last time that the Gators brought a regular season and tournament sweep back to Gainesville.

The Coach of the Year award really should come as no shock to SEC fans or followers, especially given the dominance that Florida has had within the conference this season. The Gators began league play by rattling off eight consecutive victories, looking like the team to beat right out of the gate. That same feeling carried over throughout the remainder of conference play en-route to Florida’s regular season crown.

Florida is hoping that an SEC Tournament title will help solidify them within that two to four seed range, if they haven’t done enough to do so already.

 

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