About the Author
In the storied history of Kansas basketball, no coach has a higher career winning percentage at the school than Bill Self. In 2008, in his first trip to the Final Four, Self claimed the national title. He now boasts a 142-32 (.816) record in five years at Kansas and a 349-137 (.718) mark in 15 seasons as a Division I coach. Self has been to 10 straight NCAA tournaments and advanced to the Elite Eight five times in that span, while directing three different programs. His Kansas teams have won four straight Big 12 regular-season titles and three straight Big 12 Tournament crowns. In the decade leading up to the national championship, Self has finished first eight times in three different leagues. The other two seasons, his teams finished as conference runner-up. A former player (1981-1985) and assistant coach (1986-1993) at Oklahoma State, Self was head coach at Oral Roberts (1993-1997), Tulsa (1997-2000) and Illinois (2000-2003) before arriving at Kansas in April 2003. Self and wife Cindy have a daughter, Lauren, and son, Tyler.