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Cast your vote for Rick Barnes as Werner Ladder Men's College Coach of the Year

Knoxville, TENN. (WATE) - After guiding Tennessee to its first SEC regular season championship in a decade and their first NCAA Tournament since 2014, Rick Barnes earned the distinction of SEC Coach of the Year. Now he's one of four finalists for the Werner Ladder Men's College Coach of the Year, and your vote can help decide the winner.

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Barnes is nominated alongside Virginia's Tony Bennett, Ohio State's Chris Holtmann, and Villanova's Jay Wright. Fans can cast one vote a day between March 19 and 30. The fan vote will account for five percent of the final tally.

Earlier Thursday, Barnes discovered he'll receive the Athletes In Action 2018 Coach Wooden "Leys To Life" Award. The honor goes to a coach that delivers a high level of moral character, integrity, and faith.

Including this year's SEC Coach of the Year nod, Barnes has earned six conference Coach of the Year awards in his 31 seasons.

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