UCF Head Coach Johnny Dawkins talks to the rest of the men's basketball team during the NIT Semifinals against Illinois. UCF won 68-58. (Aileen Perilla/KnightNews)

UCF men’s basketball Head Coach Johnny Dawkins is a finalist for the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award, according to a press release.

Dawkins is among 20 other coaches from around the country nominated for the Jim Phelan award. The award is presented every year to the top coach in division 1 men’s basketball and the recipient of the 2017 award will be announced in Phoenix, AZ.


Dawkins has led the knights to a 24-11 overall record. The UCF record for wins is 25, set back in 2004-05.

Coach Dawkins has so far led the Knights to three NIT victories. UCF will face their next opponent, Texas Christian University, at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday Night.