Who is Bill Self's wife Cindy as Kansas Jayhawks win NCAA title?

Joshua Rogers April 5, 2022
Who is Bill Self's wife Cindy as Kansas Jayhawks win NCAA title?
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After the Kansas Jayhawks were crowned NCAA champions, we find out more about Bill Self’s wife Cindy and their family.

This year’s NCAA Tournament concluded last night with No.1 Kansas beating No.8 North Carolina Tar Heels 72-69. It is the Jayhawks’ first national title since 2008, and their fourth NCAA Championship overall.

The Jayhawks are led by head coach Bill Self and here’s more about the man, his wife Cindy Self, and their family.

Career of Kansas’ head coach

Bill Self has been the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Kansas since 2003 and has led the Jayhawks to 16 Big 12 regular season championships, four NCAA Final Four appearances, and now two championships.

He is the sixth most winningest-coach among active Division I head coaches and has nurtured an array of talent that has gone on to make the NBA.

Self was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame in 2017, and signed a lifetime contract extension with the Jayhawks in 2021.

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Who is Bill Self’s wife, Cindy?

Bill Self’s wife, Cindy, is originally from Oklahoma City and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1986. She met Bill at Oklahoma State in 1984 when she was a cheerleader and Bill played for the men’s basketball team.

They married in 1988 have been together ever since. Speaking about Cindy, Bill told KU Sports: “If there was such a thing as a perfect coach’s wife, Cindy would be her. She is unselfish of my time, she is independent but always there to focus on the team and our family.

“Cindy brings a lot of things to the team. First of all, she is a fan. She is a great sounding board for me. She is able to read my body language as well as a team player’s body language, which is helpful for something I might be missing.

“One of the most important roles Cindy provides for the boys is she is a constant in their lives. You can’t take the place of someone’s mother but she doesn’t change, she is there for all of us.”

Cindy Self has a passion for helping children. After graduating from OKS, she went on to achieve a Master’s in elementary education. In 2006, Bill and Cindy founded the Assists Foundation, which helps youths in their community.

Cindy is on Facebook, where she has posted many photos of her and Bill.

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The Self’s children, Tyler and Lauren

Bill and Cindy Self have two children – son Tyler and daughter Lauren. Lauren Self is a 2013 KU graduate and tied the knot with Hayden Browning on 16 August 2014. She has has two children, Ella Browning and Phoebe Browning, who are Bill and Cindy’s grandchildren. Lauren lives in Richardson, Texas.

Tyler is the youngest of Bill and Cindy’s children and has a love of basketball just like his father. He played throughout his days at the University of Kansas, and later earned his MBA degree from the University of Kansas School Of Business. He works as general manager of G-League team the Austin Spurs.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.