Sam Ferry - Monmouth

Like white on Rice, Ferry has stuck close to King since 2006 first as a student manager then serving as Director of Video Operations at Vanderbilt. Thus he is well educated in the habits, application, concentration and system. That consistency enables him to dash through tasks with distinction.

Ben Swank - Green Bay 

It’s only fitting that a newly appointed DI coach in Darner would wish upon his own rising young star in the game to help establish the Phoenix. Swanking about, Green Bay set multiple program records in Ben’s one and a half seasons on the sideline.

Akeem Miskdeen - Kent State

The latest in a long line of successful up and coming coaches to go through Kent State, Miskdeen brings key recruiting demographics and a knack for developing guards, as well as strength in scouting opponents. Furthermore, he is diversified; adept to the administrative functions, coordinating team travel and more.

Shane Nichols - Murray State

The high energy recruiter has excelled at translating his knowledge as a former collegian top scorer to develop talent. His efforts are a big reason why the Racers maintain balanced scoring with at least three consistently reaching double-digits; including three guys finishing with over 20 points each against a very good Tennessee State team.

John Impelman - Pepperdine

Great grandson to the legendary John Wooden and son to twelve year DI assistant coach Craig Impelman, coaching is in his blood. Studying the beautiful simplicities of the game he begins to come into his own identity as a relentless worker who has a great passion and the aptitude to take on more and more challenges than required. 

Danny Peters - Ball State

Son of the late great (and long-time coach at Walsh College, Western Carolina, Saint Joseph’s (Ind.), Youngstown, Akron, Cincinnati, Ohio State) Dan Peters. The younger Danny is an excellent passionate coach. Through his father’s passing Danny developed a unique niche by delivering coping skills to all his player. By focusing on basketball, he has the ability to keep his guys in the game while dealing with life issues head on and developing on and off the court.

Will Reigel - Davidson 

The player turned coach has a strong attention to detail focusing not just on basketball but his player’s nutrition and classes. Educating himself daily through film study and scouting, the active, hands on coach leads by example as a starter on the scout team.

Ryan Sims - Fort Wayne 

Sims is without question one of the Mastodons two sharp, upward curving tusks. Fort Wayne’s favorite basketball son has touched all points basketball first as a player and then coaching through recruiting, coordinating travel, academics, community service projects and running summer camps, player development, and practice planning. He can simply do it all.

Jack Wooten - Elon

As the whistle blows, the madness comes into his eyes again; representative of the hunger. He methodically picks apart the tendencies of opposing teams and players. These hunting skills make for an effective leader. It’s a tenacity that has elevated Elon and raises Jack to the next level. Sooner than later everyone will buy into Jack’s own tribe, his own Castle Rock where he will be lord of the flies.

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Takayo Siddle - UNCW

Like a hobgoblin of the mind, the always inquisitive Siddle has been learning from Keatts since playing for him at Hargrave. So when Keatts speaks of Siddle’s knowledge of the game, his detailed work ethic and being one of the bright young coaches in America we would all do well to take notice. 

Brock Erickson - Iona

Four years into his post at Iona the strong tactician with head coaching experience has displayed a pattern of success. Coaching at the junior college level has established his ability for recruiting top talent from across the nation.

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Brooks Savage – ETSU

Ranked ninth on our LM Top Assistant Coach Recruiter category last season, it’s no surprise to see Savage return here. The diversified leader can handle a full plate from operations to in-game coaching to video preparation/scouting, recruiting, and player development.

DeAndre Haynes - Toledo 

The one-time European professional and former MAC POY has the experience to develop players on the floor and serve as a phenomenal recruiter. He knows what it takes to be successful which allows him to recognize the type of talent and commitment needed to win. Truly understanding of the game, he’s seasoned with post-season appearances.

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Chris Shumate - NKU

NKU is currently in the middle of perhaps the greatest turn-around story this year in college basketball. It’s not surprising to see that align with Shumate’s second year on their bench. Capitalizing on strong regional ties from Ohio to Kentucky and Tennessee he continues building relationships in the Commonwealth and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region that will surly land him in the big chair soon.

Turner Battle - UAB

To be Battle tested is to deliver enthusiasm and an understanding of the game as well as the academics. While developing the backcourt and recruiting, his players may stumble and fall only to rise again. All the while they know its’ a process of becoming better by not running away from the battle.

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Jordan Mincy - Florida

Seizing and making the most of every opportunity, the quick-rising talented coach and mentor is able to fly by the seat of his pants thanks to an uncanny ability to connect with people which serves him well as a strong recruiter. His understanding of the game and how to teach it started early as a four-year starter and point guard at Kent State. 

Mike Boynton, Jr. - Oklahoma St. 

A strong candidate to take over at Stephen F. Austin, the three-year Underwood assistant also played for the founder of a highly respected search firm. His extensive network aside, the guy flat wins leaving an impactful legacy of upsets (Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan State, West Virginia, VCU) everywhere he has been from Coastal Carolina to Wofford to South Carolina to SFA to Oklahoma State to ??????

Greg Paulus - Ohio State

North to South everyone knows Paulus both as a player and coach. He is well documented in our previous rankings. Leaving us to simply say here that three plus years into his coaching position he continues to learn and excel. The gifted basketball intellectual is destined for the big chair.  

Antoine Pettway - Alabama

People are already wildly speculating on who could be Johnson's successor should he ever move on. Pettway is not a bad pick; as he is continually given rave reviews from the college coaching community. Particularly prospecting recruits in the state of Alabama, Pettway isn’t distracted by shadows. The even keeled coach won’t let the sun get that high; sounds like an Alabama anthem to me.

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Wes Long – VCU

The former head coach and one time DII COY has made a lasting imprint on Will Wades staff. Coming up just shy of the big chair in Chattanooga, he is a perfect fit for any school. Long has a tremendous head coaching record at a difficult DII job. In fact, we can see the fruits of his labor now coming to fruition at Queens University of Charlotte. Long built the foundation that has been built into a towering skyscraper and now he is ready to do the same at the DI level.

Adam Cohen - Stanford

With experience at all levels the former video coordinator has earned a reputation as a high-level recruiter and an excellent coach. His success in recruiting, scouting, and player development is directly attributed to the tireless work ethic and natural ability. Furthermore, what really separates him from the others on this list is his next level academic experience through academic oriented institutions Rice, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and today at Stanford.

Gerry McNamara - Syracuse

One of the most recognizable players in program history McNamara continues to impact the Orange as a member of the coaching staff. One of the most recognizable staff members in program history McNamara continues to impact the Orange as an assistant coach. One of the most recognizable assistant coaches in program history McNamara will continue to impact the Orange through the Boeheim to Hopkins transition.

Chester Frazier - Kansas State 

In the same mold as Stallings and Painter, his former head coach Bruce Weber knew Frazier was going to be an excellent coach. And that’s why he hired him at KSU. Now armed with more actual coaching experience and ties to the East Coast this student of the game is able to develop strong relationships with players. The four-year lettermen and two-time captain as a player is quick to develop guard play.

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Joe Krabbenhoft - Wisconsin

Basketball coaching is for the brave, the patient, and the persistent. It's for the overcomer and overachiever. While it’s not for the faint of heart, or your average Joe, it is for Krabbenhoft who defines each of these traits.

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Jon Scheyer - Duke

The blue spark is instrumental in developing MOP’s and game strategies alike; while also breaking down game film, planning practices and being vocal in staff meetings. Just as versatile and crafty a coach as he was a player, the twice national champion (as both a player and a coach) has a bright future.

Top 25 Young Guns Ready for a Move to the Big Chair

These are the top 25 assistant coaches age 35 and under with the aptitude, proven success, network, and a clear path for a move to the BIG CHAIR!