What a Coach of the Year often has done to win the award
Generally speaking in the pros, the Coach of the Year has usually done at least one of the following:
- Earned the best regular season record in the Eastern or Western Conference, if not the league as a whole, in particular if it wasn't expected.
- Considerably improved the regular season record of a team that was not good in the standings the previous year.
- Is a first year head coach for a team and does a better than expected job with that team.