Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, longtime University of Kansas head coach Bill Self will lead his first USA Basketball team at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from June 11-17 in St. Catherines, Canada.
Previously, he served as a member of the 2005-08 USA Basketball Men’s Collegiate Committee.
Now in his 15th season (2003-04 to present) at the helm of the Jayhawks, Self owns a 443-95 record (as of March 12) at Kansas for an incredible 82.3 winning percentage.
Self has led Kansas to 14-straight Big 12 Conference regular season championships (2005-18), two NCAA Final Four appearances (2008 and 2012) and the 2008 NCAA national championship.
He owns a career record of 650-200 (.765) in 25 seasons overall as an NCAA head coach, including four seasons at Oral Roberts University (1993-94 to 1996-97), three at the University of Tulsa (1997-98 to 1999-00) and three at the University of Illinois (2000-01 to 2002-03).
In 2017-18, Kansas is 27-7 and has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for an eighth time in the past 12 years, which comes on the heels of winning a Big 12 Tournament title.
“It’s an honor to be selected to coach, and I look forward to working with Danny and Anthony and the young men that will represent the USA in the U18 competition,” Self said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’ve worked with Danny (Manning) quite a bit, but I haven’t had a chance to spend a much time with him as of late, and I look forward to reconnecting,” Self added. “I’ve always thought he has a great basketball mind. I’m very excited about working with Anthony (Grant). He has spent a lot of time running his own programs but also has spent a lot of time with coach (Billy) Donovan at Florida and with the (Oklahoma City) Thunder. I think he will add some things to the staff that we can utilize and make us better.”
Self began his coaching career as an assistant at Kansas in 1985-86, followed by a stint as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State from 1986-1993.
His first head coaching position was at Oral Roberts from 1993-94 to 1996-97, and he led the University of Tulsa from 1997-98 to 1999-2000.
As a student-athlete at Oklahoma State University, Self played four varsity basketball seasons (1981-82 to 1984-85) and graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He earned a master’s degree in athletic administration in 1989.