These are the top junior junior college assistant coaches from schools in the following NJCAA Regions: 10 (WV, VA, NC, SC), 7 (TN), 23 (LA, MS), 22 (AL), 17 (GA), and 8 (FL). All of these coaches are under thirty-five and some in their first ever full time on-the-floor coaching job. Armed with the support of their colleagues, aptitude, proven success, network, and a clear path, these young guns are off to a quick trigger start in their promising careers.
Abdul Olusesi - East Central Community College
The former Sam Houston State graduate assistant and then director of basketball operations has taken the teachings of defense to heart in his new on-the-floor role coupled with administrative duties. Now his strategy and culture are among the primary levers at his disposal to be an effective coach climbing the ladder.
Ken Porter – Polk State
In the film room he locks in on identifying common offensive strategies throughout college basketball and how best to adjust their zone defense to counter each. On the floor he focuses on match ups in the high post, trap short corners, and both side and high ball screens, and defensive rebounding. He learned allot from his years as an Auburn student assist for Tony Barbee.
Nicholas Robinson - Baton Rouge
Known for his extensive championship work in youth leagues, in 2016 Coach Rob co-founded the Capitol City Prep Academy. There he strives to help improve the basketball IQ and fundamentals through seasonal leagues played year round. Capital City Prep also housed post-graduation kids. Sound familiar? He is the perfect character for the JUCO narrative and has a clear path to next levels.
Stedman Allen – Pensacola State
The former McDonald’s All-American Nominee enjoys giving back and helping players realize their full potential. Just like his mentor did for him. A career individual player development coach, he founded Young, Humble, Beast, LTD, a nonprofit to help student-athletes in the inner-city excel in basketball, through high level training camps, mentoring services, and character development.
Jake Reed - Copiah-Lincoln
The former MACJC All-Star game participant was a double digit, dime a night scorer in his play day. He first learned what it takes to coach your way to post season by leading his Crusaders to two NAIA National Tournaments and a 54-9 overall record during his tenure.
Ben Mandelbaum – Tallahassee CC
Involved with analysis, film study, on-court player drills and individual workouts, he provides highly insightful scouting reports and made an immediate impact on all aspects of the Eagles' program. Mandelbaum was well prepared for the coaching role by his former bosses Rob Ehsan (video coordinator) and Richard Pitino (student assist).
Rosbie Mutcherson Jr. - NW Florida State
Familiar with on the floor coaching responsibilities after seven years of volunteer and GA work, Mutcherson delivered youth and understanding essential to the continued success at NWF. His passion for on-the-floor coaching shines through player and perimeter development. Off the court, he excels at scheduling, film, recruiting, and practice planning and game strategy.
Bryce Woodliff - Southwest Mississippi
Woodliff earned a spot on this list and in the minds of his colleagues through his diversified efforts and strong work ethic. In 2017 he started his own training business, BP3Training where he trained many professional, collegiate and high school prep stars in Virginia and the Carolinas. He makes regular appearances as an instructor at Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, and Dell Curry camps.
Justin Wright – Pensacola State
Wright first stepped on campus as a player for Pensacola; named to the 2nd Team All-Panhandle Conference team as a freshman and, 1st Team All-Panhandle Conference team as a sophomore. Returning as the Pirates' top assistant coach, he instills a culture of winning and family.
Eric Simpkin - USC Salkehatchie
Eric is on the rise to meet success with an early revelation that started as an undergrad. assist; then a graduate assistant with Colorado-Colorado Springs. In that four year system he learned how to move beyond normal limitations. Into exceptional habits resulting in two record-breaking years and their first RMAC championship; not to mention guiding their only NBA draft pick and their only DII All-American.
Parker Ratcliff - Walter State
Ratcliff developed his leadership skills under Cuonzo Martian while at Tennessee. Then, during Coach Barnes' first season, Parker became more heavily involved in scouting and with player individual workouts. Now as a full time coach he has stepped up his game in logistics, player workouts, recruiting and filming both practices and games. The pieces are all coming together for this soon to be DI coach.
Tim Peete - Chipola
Peete played at the level Juco players aspire to get to and learned under some great coaches. Two years at UNCG with Wes Miller, he helped the Spartans to regular season and conference championships, a 27 win season, an NIT, as well as their first automatic bid to the NCAA in 17 years. His work ethic and deep understanding of the game make him an excellent coach.
Reggie Chambers - Southwest Mississippi
Chambers hangs his hat on player development, instrumental in evolving NJCAA All-Americans. At Barry, his successful stint in DII saw a 23-7 record, winning the regular season title and a fourth consecutive NCAA appearance. That experience is going a long way with the culture and tradition at Southwest.
John Putyrski – Eastern Florida State
A rising star, this relentless worker, teammate, colleague, and leader does all aspects of the job well. A high energy, passionate guy, he excels in recruiting, teaching, and game planning. Also a phenomenal developer of talent and constructing defensive concepts against multiple offensive schemes, he possess early shades of Keith Dambrot, Bo Ryan, Billy Donavan and Larry Brown.
Chad Donley - Daytona State College
One clear advantage that has led to his success as a Juco coach is his experience as a former player in the same Region where he has seen what a national title contender looks like. Donley has also twice been to the NCAA’s. There is no limit to what he can add to the Daytona State culture. His ability to relate to players creating value is second to none.
Michael Caswell – Tallahassee CC
Suffering a career-ending back injury, Caswell moved into a player/coach role where his player mentality for scouting out-of-conference opponents, creating scouting report videos, videoing practice and leading off-season workouts and individual development has proven instrumental leading Tallahassee to twenty wins and counting.
Jeff Diepenbrock - Southwest Mississippi
Diepenbrock is the entrepreneurial coach. First proving solutions; then disrupting your team to expose weaknesses converting them to strengths. He emphasizes a strong matchup zone D followed by instructions on how to how to attack zones. The well balanced coach excels at designing and running practice while maintaining scouting, film, recruiting and more.
Kelvin Nixon - Jones County Junior College
The MVP and All- Dynamic scorer averaged 26.5 points per game in his play day. Suffice it to say, he has a thing or two he can teach about scoring. A member of back-to-back NAIA National Tournament teams and SSAC championships, he understands a winning culture. But the most unique value he possess is player development and his focus on the sixth man.
Cody Cohen – Palm Beach State
The entire staff at Murray State can’t help but rave about the job Cohen did as their video coordinator. Much more than the video guy, Cohen made significant contributions to all aspects of their extremely successful program. His DI success has transitioned to a twenty win seasons now fully responsible for on-court drills and skill work plus allot more for Palm Beach State.
Christopher Vincent – Miami Dade
The former Ops.at Yale, he was part of the upset over #5 seed Baylor. Working under James Jones he saw first-hand what it takes to win at the highest level. Vincent served as an undergrad. Assistant where he went 20-9 in route to the DII NCAA. He works with the defense while developing guards and generating scouting reports, he breaks down film, and more.
Byron Mincey - Central Georgia Technical College
No job too small, Mincey is learning the wide scope of business well. He is responsible for multiple facets of the men's basketball program including sports information, basketball operations, equipment management, and scouting. He does this all while exceeding at player development coaching two 1K point scorers in Kentorey Johnson and Reggie Burke.
Raheem Martin - Richard Bland
His tireless work ethic on the recruiting trail, attention to detail on the court and his in-game situational IQ all played a role in developing the Martin twins of Nevada. He has coached seven All-Conference selections, including three first team honorees, a Conference Player of the Year and All-South Region first team selection, along with two former players currently playing professional basketball.
DJ Evans - East Mississippi Community College
The former video coordinator at Albany; helped lead Coach Will Brown’s Great Danes to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths with back-to-back America East championships. Success comes in pairs for Evans as he would go on to coach the EMCC Lions to back-to-back NJCAA Tournament. Truly an All-star productive performer at both Juco and DI levels, on the court and behind the books.
Hayden Sowers - Pearl River
Sowers has a knack for game film, preparing scouting reports and providing offensive and defensive analytics. He also specialized in developing post players. The tireless coach and recruiter has a hand in all aspects of the program. Making quick work of the job, in his first season PRCC posted a 23-5 record and won the MACJC State Champs. The Wildcats also finished as the Region XXIII runner up.
Jake Zehnder – College of Central Florida
Developing individual and team growth, he helped the Patriots to multiple top 10 rankings in 3-point %, fg%, PPG, blocks, assists and rebounds. Six players were named All-Conference. His role includes helping plan and running practices, developing guards, and statistics. Zehnder developed a number of accomplished players including Joel Embiid, and Mitchell Wilbekin.