VINCENT MENINNO – Lindenwood (HC) NAIA

The one time Buzz Peterson student assist, and Murray Bartow GA, finds himself a big chair. With tremendous upside, his dedication to playing hard, smart and together is about developing the best people. 

Richard Grant -  New Mexico Military Institute  NJCAA

Coming to NMMI from DI Wagner, he helped the Seahawks to regular season champions, posting a 23-11 record and a second round appearance in the NIT. Grant delivers perspective and a willing eagerness to the grunt work from coordinating team’s travel schedule, supervising managers, academic progress. His scouting reports are always fully detailed.

Xavier Churnac - Jamestown CC  NJCAA

This guy simply works his but off driving a dramatic turn around in Jamestown. Churnac has a passion for assisting students in achieving their goals, and guiding them through any obstacles. Genuinely focused on his players, their life, their story, their culture, and interest, this up and comer exudes the servants heart.

Delano Thomas - Shawnee State (HC) NAIA

With a history of using athletics to relate to everyday life-skills, he elevates players on the court to single-season records for defensive rebounds and produces top shelf performances in offensive rebounding, blocks, and field goal percentage. 

Scott Combs - Martin Methodist College (HC)  NAIA  

While currently underperforming this season, looking at his overall body of work the former DI assistant boasts a 72% winning percentage including thirty game win seasons and deep tournament play. Also serving as associate AD, the dynamic coach promotes a balance of all basketball and all scholar performers. 

Ken Hunter - East LA  NJCAA

A young man with an old soul, Hunter does an amazing job cultivating championship players and programs. Impacting lives and the game at a high level he utilizes his own misfortune as an opportunity to enhance passion, and the spirit of the game. 

Sean Flynn – Pratt CC  NJCAA  

While new to the Pratt family, Flynn brings coaching experience and a high level of education previously serving as a GA at Marshall. He helps in the development of post players, advance scouting and video coordinator.  That combined with the teachings of his current boss coach Good is a formula for success. 

Drew Church – Lewis-Clark  NAIA 

The first time associate head coach helped guide the expedition to Nationals three times, including a Sweet 16 berth and a total of five Frontier Conference titles. He helped the Warriors to the best winning percentage (.852) in program history last season while developing five NAIA All-Americans and 14 All-Conference performers, He has coached 50-plus college athletes that have played at nearly all levels of college basketball. 

CJ Killin - Odessa CC   NJCAA 

He brings post season experience having reached the Region V tourney assisting NMJC. Fifteen players reached the DI level thanks to his diligent work ethic in on-the-floor coaching, recruiting, travel scheduling, equipment order, video breakdown, strength and conditioning, scouting, video editing and more. 

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Hunter Jenkins - Trinity Valley   NJCAA

Arguably the greatest dark hoarse all small college basketball, this former Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech GA, learned from some of the best young coaches. Returning to the court where his career began as a humble student manager, Jenkins is much more vocal the second time around as an assistant.

Austin Ennis - St Gregory’s    NAIA

Coming to the coaching game with a unique history as a former sales consultant for the Spurs and marketing associate for the Thunder, his administrative and full scope skills are just as strong as his shooting skills development.

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Brandon Espinosa - Bossier Parish   NJCAA 

He helped head coach Billy Gillispie at Ranger go from 2-23 the previous year to 35-3, making the NJCAA national tournament and a Final Four appearance for the first time in the schools ninety year history. Prior to Ranger Espinosa was an assistant and player development coach with the Dallas Mavericks NBA D-League affiliate Texas Legends.

Derek Selvig - Montana Tech   NAIA 

The guy knows how to succeed at a high level. As a DI and overseas pro player, he brings instant credibility. But not just on the court. Working a familiar system as Montana basketball legacy, both parents are former local standouts,. Montana basketball is simply in his DNA.

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Trent Wolf – Southeastern CC   NJCAA

The long time JUCO assistant has known a ton of success at Trinity Valley, Garden City, and Chipola. From a basketball dynasty, his father Tim, is a successful Indiana High School HC veteran. His brother, Ryan, is the former Barton County and Murray State coach, while his younger brother TJ is currently on staff at the University of Cincinnati. This guy simply eats, sleeps, and repeats the basketball lifestyle.

Phillip McCray – William Carey   NAIA

He continues to grow as an elite coach successfully relating the work ethic and skills that made himself a JUCO All Star player. Performing a major role in the developing highly talented athletes as head strength conditioning and skill’s development coach, P.J. bolsters the confidence of his players, and elevating their skill level.

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Josh Gamblin – Mid American Christian (HC)  NAIA

In his third season at the helm of the Evangels' he boasts a career record of 44-25.  Gamblin is off to an outstanding start to his head coaching career wherein his first season they captured their first-ever NAIA National Championship, Gamblin become the youngest coach (27 years old) in college basketball history to win a national championship at a four-year institution.

Joseph Eatmon - Shelton State  (HC)  NJCAA 

In the middle of an outstanding start to his head coaching career, Eatmon is in a comfortable sixth year position at Shelton State. Over that time he led the team to Region 22 Championship and twenty plus win seasons. Personally, he won District and Region Coach of the Year and he has allot more winning to do. 

Brion Dunlap -  Harris-Stowe State  (HC)  NAIA 

In Dunlap’s first season, last year, he led the Hornets on an incredible second half run (14-1) that delivered the AMC tourney championship;

the first for the Hornets since 1983. He has also won at the DI level spending five seasons of respectable averages at Holy Cross. Including a 20-win season placing third in the Patriot League (12-6 record) and post season play via the CIT.

Glen Mayo – USC Salk   NJCAA

Through his contagious passion for the game, and his role as Director of Scouting for Lineage of Champions, this elite recruiter is a master at cultivating relationships. He developed one of the great minds for the game by working along-side the likes of Greg Heiar (Chipola) and Steve DeMeo (NWF). 

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Rhett Soliday - Vanguard (HC)   NAIA

At the time he was only four years into the job when he captured the 2014 NAIA National, the GSAC season, and tournament championship; not to mention national COY! His recruits continually develop into All-Americans, All-GSAC, players and All-NAIA Scholars.

Cory Hoff -  Graceland   NAIA

Twenty plus wins year-in-year-out and a Region 1 championship (ACCAC ’13-’14) have propelled his career and his name to the top of our list. While defensive is his calling card, the dynamic coach also excels at recruiting developing All-Conference and All-American performers. 

Ryan Moody - Benedictine College  (HC)  NAIA

He does his job well; as witnessed by earning NAIA DI National Tournament bids and national rankings as high as fourteenth. Not to mention, continually developing complete players who earn All-Heart of America Athletic Conference First and Second Team, NAIA DI Second Team All-American, and Honorable Mentions and more.

Jesse Repay - Carroll College   NAIA

In year two, he has moved into the associate HC role. The promotion comes one year after capturing the school's best basketball season in history. The squad finished 29-6 en route to winning the Frontier regular season and the Elite Eight. That team led the nation in FT% and Effective FG%.

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Scott Gernander - San Jacinto College (HC)   NCJAA

Coming from a strong family background in coaching (Scott Gernander SR. NJCAA HOF 2007), its no surprise to see the student surpass his teacher with twenty plus win seasons in all four years as a head coach. The vocal coach seems to have found a niche importing talent from abroad to the NJCAA space.

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STACY HOLLOWELL - Loyola New Orleans (HC)   NAIA 

After a successful stint in the FIBA World Championships, and coaching overseas in Qatar, Lithuania, and Bahrain, Hollowell joined the Loyola staff. He has increased wins and tournament totals each year. But more importantly, he’s also added team character and academic awards as well.

Diamonds in the Rough

Operating under the radar of the average basketball enthusiast, and some of those in the know, these are the small college leaders capable of success at the highest level. 

of Small College Coaching