Sarah Judd – Oakland
For nine years she has been overseeing camps, day-to-day operations, including traveling, and budgets. But much more than an administrative godsend, with an eye for basketball branding and graphics, she also happens to be one of the top players in school history and is very capable of teaching a thing or two about the game.
Scott Sommer - CSUN
At the Juco level he captured a Division Championship while responsible for recruiting, scouting, fundraising, administration, event management, marketing/promotions and sales. Sommer further enhanced his stock by serving as a recruiting analyst for Scout.com and a similar role for West Coast Hoops. And did we mention he was an honors graduate at Xavier?
Thomas Carr – NC State
His DI coaching experience at ETSU saw a winning season and post season play. In addition to that he coached at Chipola College, and the prestigious Hargrave Military Academy. As a High School head coach his team led the state of Virginia in points per game. Its no question he can do it all again.
Preston Laird - UNLV
Laird delivers a well-rounded six years into the role he has seen postseasons and two regular-season WAC Championships. Now rebuilding a program in Vegas he is afforded the opportunity to do more. Much like he did as a Memphis walk on who went all the way to the sweet sixteen, overachieving is simply his character.
Jarrod Lazarus – USF
Responsible for player development, budgeting, marketing, travel, game planning, video editing, scouting game and practice tapes, scheduling practice times, setting up future games, Lazarus has done it all in his six years as an administer. It’s no question he will carry that same intelligent, hard work and organization to the next step on the court.
Jeremy Growe – Xavier
Present for the players and the staff, Growe has excelled in video scouting, assisting on the floor during skill instruction and practice, player academic progress, organizing on campus recruiting efforts and film exchange. With a playbook he began scribbling x’s and o’s in back in the fourth grade, Growe is ready to continue his lifelong dream at the next step.
Kevin Kurbec - Providence
From student manager to his current role under Ed Cooley, Kurbec saw the many changes PC endured either on their staff or from just down the road with Bryant. It provided a unique hands on perspective of how to grow a program from nothing. He knows how to sustain a culture change and that is a valuable asset to couple with guard development, recruiting and opponent scouting.
Jody Steliga – UC Davis
A two-time coach of the year and recently an assistant coach, Steliga proves her ability through a high level skill set, energy, and excitement. Fully taking every advantage of something special in both basketball and administration, she balances both sides. Its no surprise that the Aggies first championship and first ever NCAA tourney coincided with her first year on staff.
Kory Barnett - UCLA
Barnett has played a large role in the UCLA upswing from formulating game plans and scouting reports, film breakdown and creating player development edits. He understands the game and the daily grind, while possessing the communications skills to be effective with his coaches, players, university and community.
Matt Wise – Wyoming
Wise helped Montana to one conference tournament championship and three years of post season play in his five season. Previously helped Billy Donavan and Florida to multiple elite eight runs (GA). He does it all by capturing every advantage he can; be it creating and studying advanced statistics, on-court workouts, video editing, promoting and marketing, summer camps and more.
Mike Nardi – Villanova
Big time name recognition, he would give instant credibility walking into any high school gym as a recruiter particularly in the NE. Wright boasts about his talent level as a coach and his bright future in the business of basketball. Without question he is in a strong position for an assistant spot at a low or mid major working with guards looking to enhance three-point shooting and off the dribble action.
Mike Moynihan – Mississippi State
Despite his family pedigree, like everyone else, Moynihan started at the bottom and continually climbs the ladder. His creative mischief, as Paul Hewitt calls his personality, creates an authentic connection with the players and staff just like the style his grandfather taught. Moynihan’s basketball knowledge and self-assuredness, the way he carries himself, all suggests we are looking at a future head coach.
Brandon Crone – Butler
He has developed sharp leadership skills having participated in the coaching clinic and character development camp that is the ‘Buter Way.’ Crone has the unique experience as a player both in the low post and on the perimeter as a professional enabling him to relate to his players and coach both sides of the ball.
Cole Pitts – Akron
Last year he stepped into the JUCO space as an assistant and all he did was help lead Eastern Florida State to the NJCAA National Championship game and a 31-6 overall record. With that, and DOBO, experiences he knows scheduling, academics, camps, recruiting, campus visits. First serving as a GA, then special assistant to the head coach, this the third time around in Akron should be the charm.
Kyle Church – Florida
Church is steeped in the basketball spirit from assisting at Chipola and serving in Director roles at LA Tech, Florida, and Ole Miss. He also worked player development, academics and video. Still, its his daily work with the grind it out, stick-to-it-iv-ness mentality of the walk on player he once was that makes the difference. He’s come a far way from those Charlotte days and he has an even longer future in front of him in this game.
Brandon Chambers - Nevada
Chambers has elevated every program he’s touched including Nevada as DOBO, and before that in the high school and DIII ranks. He has impacted thousands as a camp veteran up and down the east coast. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment to date is giving back to the coaching community and raising everyone through his website https://coachingclipboard.org
Micah Byars - Iowa State
Starting out in a player development role he laid the foundation working with Melvin Ejim that would earn Ejim All-American and Big 12 POY honors the following year. Also responsible for monitoring the academic progress, ISU saw a spike in semester cumulative GPAs setting school history records and Big 12-best four members on the Academic All-Big 12 that included four out of the five starters.
Stephen Gentry – Gonzaga
At Oklahoma State as the Player Development Director, he assisted in reaching the NCAA’s and a 20-win season. Prior to that, at Stephen F. Austin, he helped rack up 89 wins, the most by any coaching staff in its first three years. He has done it all through on-court coaching, skill development, recruiting and scouting.
Devon Smith – WSU
Smith has worked under Greg Marshall, Greg Kampe, Ed Schilling, Rick Pitino, and Jim O’Brien. He provided NBA workouts for Hayward and Patterson. He has seen conference championships and Final 4’s. Arguably coming in a few spots too low on this list, that’s just more motivation for Smith who simply never gives up on himself or anyone else as he continues down his winding road in coaching.
Matt Eisele – Rutgers
Eisele boasts seven out of ten seasons as a head or assistant coach. From the JUCO ranks he produced four 20-win seasons, two Conference championships, three state tournament appearances, five top five poll finishes, four All-Americans and 20 all-conference selections. The coach of the year is well rounded also producing a 95 percent graduation rate and 30 plus players advancing to DI.
Riley Davis – Tennessee
In addition to four plus years as a member of Barnes' staff (Tennessee and Texas), he delivers experience from the NBA scout
ranks. Not to mention, his brief assistant stop at Sam Houston State (2012-2013). Barns is always the first to tell about his tremendous work ethic, his incredible knowledge of the game, and his character as someone you can trust a great deal, and a huge asset.
Alex Lloyd - Texas A&M
Lloyd brings pro level experience to some pro level talent in College Station. He served for the Hawks and the Spurs in development, scouting, and ops roles. He also spent time coaching as an assistant for the D-league’s Austin Toros guiding their top ranked offense to a D League championship. Points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, budgets, he can coach it all.
Brandon Dunson - Stanford
At the NAIA level, in three seasons as assoc. HC, he handled recruiting and scouting while setting all-time wins records twice, three NAIA National Championship Tournaments and secured the first two tournament wins in program history. Two years in development, recruiting strategies, scouting, and video services at the DI level, it wont be much longer for his next step.
Brian Burg – Texas Tech
With a wide scope of national experience from top JUCO success to LM to MM to HM DI practice working with some of the best in the business (Beard, Davis, Moton, Knight) he is comfortable performing a myriad of functions. As a teacher who sees his goals in others achievements and takes pride in helping them accomplishing it, Burg could step right into a LM HC job.
Martian Bahar – USC
In light of recent events, he gets his shot four months earlier than expected; and there is no turning back. Continually over achieving as a manager (Vandy), GA (Georgetown), DOBO then assistant (serving each role at both Princeton then Fairfield), and as Director of Scouting (USC past two yrs). In fact, his last recruit at Fairfield is avg. 21pts and about to claim the school’s all-time leading scorer tittle (Tyler Nelson).
Operating at the elite level, these are the top competitors who get the job done. Ready for more, each has a wide scope and proven value to the game and their respective teams.
These dark horses currenlty serve their role as directors with the tittle of assistant or head coach on the come.