Brian Earl - Princeton, AC
This Ivy League top assistant in 2010 has helped restore the Princeton tigers men’s basketball program to the top of the food chain in the Ivy League. His first two seasons were the only sub .500 mark in his nine year tenure (year two falling just one win shy of 500).
Eric Haut - Kent State, AC
As a player, Haut’s sharp-shooting helped lead the Flashes to the 2002 Elite 8. Flash-forward-his first stint on staff boasted a pair of NCAA appearances and a 74-20 record in just three seasons. Returning in 2011, this gifted blue-collar coach, has been pivotal in Kent’s 20+ win seasons that seem to be a regular occurrence in northeast Ohio.
Antoine Pettway - Alabama, AC
A rising tide lifts all boats. Pettway plays a vital role landing top local recruits. Those local and community ties were exactly why Johnson retained the alumnus who has done so much for the university and community.
Randolph Childress - Wake Forest, AC
Now standing below his old jersey hanging in the rafters, Childress adds continuity to the new staff; linking the Danny Manning era with the rich Wake Forest basketball tradition.
Dwayne Stephens - Michigan State, AC
Stephens’s versatility as coach and recruiter has him poised to be the next Spartan in line to lead his own program. But for now the entire Spartan nation is ecstatic to have him on their bench.
Hubert Davis - North Carolina, AC
Davis brought a mix of hometown hero and increased visibility to the Tar Heels. Prior to being back on the sidelines, Davis had established himself as a household name for every potential recruit by way of his work with ESPN.
Marty Simmons - Evansville, HC
In eight years of Division 1 coaching, Simmons has only had three losing seasons in one of the MVC’s most challenging jobs. Evansville won the CIT Championship (2015). This could be the year he gets to wear his dancing shoes!
Marty Wilson - Pepperdine, HC
Wilson continues to ride the ever steady waves of success. His student-athletes regularly earn all-conference awards and they graduate! He is is gradually building the waves into a tsunami in the WCC.
Matt McKillop – Davidson, AC
McKillop and Davidson are like father and son…literally, as the 8-year veteran reports to his head coach and father. Intimately involved in all aspects of the program, McKillop regularly challenges the Wildcats to reach new heights.
Jason Williford - UVA, AC
Williford is recognized nationally in coaching circles as one of the most recognizable basketball coaches in the state of Virginia and one of the top assistants in the nation. Bennett will be the first to say that bringing Williford back to Charlottesville has paid major dividends in getting UVA back on the college basketball map.
Dan Muller - Illinois State, HC
Instrumental in winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles in 1997 and 1998 as a player, Muller now looks to lead the Redbirds back to the dance as a coach.
Mick Cronin - Cincinnati, HC
Cronin has led the Cincinnati Bearcats to five consecutive NCAA Appearances (2010-2015), including a trip to the sweet sixteen in 2012. This Cincinnati Kid rose to the daunting challenge of rebuilding his Alma Mater's basketball program and enduring a difficult culture shift.
Shaheen Holloway – Seton Hall, AC
A Seton Hall Hall-of-Fame honoree in 2012, Holloway has been a catalyst for the Pirates, first as a player and now a coach. No one but a favorite son among the community could have helped revive the program as Holloway has done.
Jeff Capel - Duke, AC
Like whiskey and coke, Capel and Duke are in a southern comfort situation. Since returning to Durham in 2011 Capel continues to recruit the best talent to one of the true blueblood programs of college basketball.
Martin Ingelsby - Notre Dame, AC
The former point guard, and now assistant coach elevates the Irish brand on the recruiting trail. Still, the head Irishman will tell you how much he would hate loosing Ingelsby, but the really great young one has paid his dues all in the name of the Irish.
Keith Dambrot - Akron, HC
Not only a Zips grad, Dambrot was born and raised in Akron. And like any favorite son would, Dambrot elevated the entire basketball community right along with the Zips.
Mike Hopkins -Syracuse, HC
Originally from Southern California, Hopkins has spent more years in the snow-belt of Syracuse, NY than the sunny west coast. His hustle and scrappy grit as a player translated to a different coaching look with more enthusiasm and high-fives from the sideline than fans are accustomed to from a Syracuse head coach. We all anxiously await his first official year as head coach.
Bryce Drew – Valparaiso, HC
The victor of Valpo has led the team on post-season crusades each of his four years as head coach (and soon to be his fifth consecutive year). He has an overall winning record of 119 – 47 with a Horizon League conference record of 63-19.
Levelle Moton - NCCU, HC
Moton successfully led his beloved Eagles through their D1 transition and succeeded almost immediately. His breakout performance came in 2014 with their first Conference regular season and tournament titles and their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2015 Moton took NCCU to post-season play (NIT) for a second consecutive year.
Roy Williams - UNC, HC
Williams is a HOF Coach appearing 10th on our Top High Major Head Coaches list. Since taking over at UNC, he has established an overall record of 355-106 with a conference record of 153-60, 2 ACC tournament championships, 6 ACC regular championships, 2 ACC Coach of the Year honors, 2 national championships, and a whole laundry list of other awards.
Chris Mack - Xavier, HC
Six out of seven ain’t bad for a head coach appearing in the NCAA’s (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016). It’s a run which includes 3 Sweet Sixteen’s (2010, 2012 and 2015) and an overall record of 159-73 all at X. It’s the kind of su-X-cess that will one day place his name on our all-time great coaches ranking.
Matt Painter - Purdue, HC
Purdue and Painter fit together like love and marriage. During his tenure back home, Painter has brought 8 NCAA tournament appearances 2 Sweet Sixteen finishes (2008 and 2009) and a winning Big Ten Conference Record of 111-81.
Kevin Ollie - UConn, HC
In just his second season as head coach Ollie brought home the grandest prize to Storrs. One of only twelve active coaches to ever win it all, he remains humble and passionate about being a life-long Huskie.
Bob Huggins - West Virginia, HC
Coming full circle in 2007, Huggins brought his overall record of 784–315, his 21 NCAA appearances, 3 Sweet Sixteen’s (2001, 2008 and 2015), 2 Elite Eight’s (1993 and 1996) and 2 Final Four finishes (1992 and 2010) back to Morgantown where he admittedly promises to be a better coach than he was a player; and he is a man of his word.
Jim Boeheim - Syracuse, HC
Boeheim has guided the Orange to numerous Big East and more recently ACC regular season championships and Tournament championships, to go with 28+ NCAA Tournament appearances, and three national title games. Arguably one of the Top 5 Coaches of All Time, he boasts the longest tenure with one team; Syracuse U (39yrs).
Our national panel of media, scouts, and coaches voted on Top 25 Coaches To Currently Serve their Alma Mater. Panel members considered candidates impact on their program, ties with alum and school officials, relationship with hometown basketball community (high schools, AAU, basketball clinics, etc etc), basketball player porousness and savvy coaching ability, true passion for their school, success of the program they serve, and more.