Jim Martin - Providence (FL)
Coach Martin is considered to be one of the top coaches in the state of Florida. He enhances the basketball quality of life for player and coaches alike; speaking at clinics all over the Southeast. He has had the opportunity to see many of his players play at the college level including most recently Grayson Allen (2014) and Patric Young (2010).
Dru Joyce - St. Vincent - St. Mary (OH)
As the coach of one of high school basketball’s greatest programs, Joyce has been mentor and motivator to some of the nation’s best young players, including LeBron James. With insight and grit earned from his years on and off the court, Joyce shares his teams’ success and his own coaching achievements best through his book ‘Beyond Championships’. Joyce is himself a blueprint for reaching full potential, and become winners in all areas of life.
Cary Black - Klein Forest (TX)
Dating back ten years, The Klein Forest Golden Eagles started a trend of bombing from the three- point line and up- tempo play under the direction of Black who streamlined the program, and subsequently it’s roster, to a college feel. From mid majors like UTSA to power conference schools Oregon State, they are all watching Klein Forest closely. And as usual, Black is loaded with a ton of talent, including District MVP’s.
Shane Heirman - La Lumiere (IN)
In his second season as the head coach at La Lumiere, Heirman has assembled what is almost an embarrassment of riches. College recruiters line up to offer scholarships to a loaded lineup with seemingly endless potential. The former Tulsa walk on boasts determination and a desire to be the best and work harder than the rest. It’s an honesty that energizes the players and really what set him apart.
Carlos Sample - Scotlandville (LA)
Scotlandville's boys basketball program has become one of the premier programs in the nation. In 2015, the varsity team captured its third state championship in four years.The basketball program under the direction of Carlos Samples has produced several highly decorated and recruited players.
Barry Wortman - Blackman (TN)
His teams are always prepared and play with a tremendous amount of energy and toughness resulting in great, competitive teams. Off the court, Wortman has also championed athletics at top academic schools in Tennessee. Winning over 400 games as a high school coach he captured seven district championships, six region championships, seven state sectional games, and six state tournament berths.
Arkell Bruce - Huntington St. Joseph Prep (WV)
Huntington Prep is one of the top ten basketball programs in the nation and is home to the top high school level players in the world. All students are considered NCAA prospects and are recruited by some of the top programs in the country. Bruce has coached a slew of DI players first as the assistant and now as head coach, most notably Andrew Wiggins.
Robert Smith - Simeon (IL)
He had Derrick Rose. He had Jabari Parker. He had to but only walk into a gym to have them cut down the net and hand over the trophy. Simeon and Smith are well known in the Chicago area as a high school sports powerhouse, and through the nation as a basketball specialist winning the IHSA Class AA state boys' basketball championships three times; 1983–84, 2005–06, and 2006–07. They also won the Class 4A championship four times.
Carl Arrigale - Neumann Goretti (PA)
His is a simple message to help make the local school program part of Philadelphia’s basketball lineage. He has done so four-hundred and five times and counting. But at the end of the day, what separates him from the pack is his democratic style. Perhaps not uncommon for a city dubbed ‘brotherly love’, he listens to his players in terms of what they want to do on the court. And it all goes round full circle, the trust and respect he has for the kids which enables their trust in him.
Steve Bergman - Iowa City West (IA)
Southern Miss and Northern Iowa are just two benefactors of Bergman’s efforts. The demanding five time state champion has built a program so respectful that top college coaches not only recruit his players regularly, but trust their own children to the program; just ask Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.
Eric Flannery - St. Edward (OH)
The 2016 USA Junior National Select Team assistant is in the middle of a quick rise in high school coaching. His players have gone on to even more success at the likes of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Indiana. But he will be the first to say that if another win never comes, it’s ok. Just so long as he’s having success developing great relationships and developing great people.
Ed Haskins - Garfield (WA)
The team oriented, x’s and o’s teacher demands allot of his players. While first serving as assistant to another great coach on this list, Mike Bethea, Haskins has worked with the likes of Nate Robinson and Louisville stand out Terrence Williams. Haskins teams are literally always the team to beat. Every year they uphold the distinction as the team with most state championships in the history of the state of Washington.
Melvin Randall - Blanche Ely (FL)
In 2016 with a 20-13 record that followed early struggles, the unstoppable coach won his seventh state championship. Ever the competitive coach, Randall places emphasis on leadership and defines his job and his success by raising young boys and preparing them for life as community leaders.
Glenn Farello - Paul VI (VA)
Over sixty of his players have played collegially and fourteen have gone pro. Virginia Tech, VMI, Mount St. Mary’s, George Mason, Fairfield, Navy, Hofstra, MIT, Syracuse, and Georgetown… the variety of the most recent schools to pick up his players illustrates the diversity of his teaching from the high academics of MIT to the athletic level of power houses VT and Georgetown, Farello can coach them all….and has.
Mike Bethea - Raineer Beach (WA)
Sometimes, the best way to evaluate a coach is to look at the players who went through his gym. In the case of Bethea, we study Jamal Crawford. With an NBA feel for the game he makes everybody around him better, and continues to serve his community as a great role model and humble, team player. Same can be said for long time industry leader Bethea.
Mark Taylor - St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
Taylor is recognized as one of the top coaches in the country, having produced top prospects including Tyler Ennis, JR Smith, and Lance Thomas. Consistently, his program ranks as one of the top High School Boys' Basketball Super 25 and is part of the high level DI college pipeline.
Steve Smith - Oak Hill Academy (VA)
Another horizon lifted. Smith has uplifted hundreds of lives by holding his players responsible to strict rules and discipline that carries over into their academic lives. Smith specializes in academic guidance to improve GPA’s to meet NCAA requirements for a high major scholarship.
Jeff Quackenbush - Newark High School (OH)
Recently dubbed ‘Best Coach in Central Ohio' we will extend that to include the entire country. Always mindful of how important Newark basketball is to the community, coach instills the pride of playing not only for themselves and their school, but all of Newark. It’s the cornerstone of something special that he has built and a culture his players take with them to the next level. Furthermore, as a public school that doesn't recruit, he truly prepares his kids.
Doug Lipscomb - Wheeler (GA)
Turning out an average of roughly four high level student athletes a year to some of the top DI basketball programs since 2005, Lipscomb was an obvious choice to coach the East in the 2010 McDonald's All American Game. Highlighted by J.J. Hickson, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Jaylen Brown, basketball is always the first topic of discussion about Wheeler High School which is also very well known in robotics and science areas.
Grant Rice - Bishop Gorman (NV)
No introduction necessary. But we have the space here so we may as well fill it. Rice has guided his teams to nine Nevada State Championships. Over fifty of his players have gone on to play at the elite college level. He has an overall coaching record of 395-81 in his fifteen years as head coach that includes top ten national rankings in 2010, 2012 2013, and 2014.
Mike Jones - DeMatha (MD)
A member of seven USA Basketball coaching staffs, Jones maintains the high level of integrity for the program first set by his predecessor legendary Morgan Wooten. The experienced teacher draws from his own coaches to drive success on and off the court while requiring all student athletes to carry themselves in a respectable manner. He excels at managing the kids and all the intangibles in a world of instant digital gratification.
Kevin Boyle - Montverde Academy (FL)
The 2014-2015 team included Ben Simmons (LSU), Martez Cameron (Morgan State), Doral Moore (Wake Forest), Iffy Umezurike (St. Francis, PA), Marquez Letcher-Ellis (Rice) and Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (FSU). Again, that was just ONE recent year! Boyle is one of the best at utilizing the game of basketball as a tool for personal growth and self-development for young athletes.
Chuck Driesell - Maret (DC)
Prior to joining the High School ranks in 2015, Driesell served as an assistant coach under Gary Williams at Maryland, spent six seasons as head coach at Marymount University and The Citadel. Son of Lefty Driesell, he played for his father in college. Simply said, coaching and developing is in his blood.
Gary McKnight - Mater Dei (CA)
In addition to the team success, eleven players have been named Player of the Year (four were multiple time winners) and many, many, many more have gone onto successful college careers. Beyond that, his well rounded graduates have sustained basketball longevity; such as the success witnessed by Mike Hopkins (Syracuse HC) and Miles Simons (ESPN). Coach McKnight is the career wins leader in California state history.
Bob Hurley - St. Anthony (NJ)
In 2010, it was announced that he would be the only coach inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame that year; and only the third high school coach in history to be so honored. Hurley is the father of Bobby Hurley (HC Arizona State, and Dan Hurley HC Rhode Island). He has produced over one hundred and fifty players to Division I basketball programs, all on full scholarships and five first round NBA picks.
These coaches know what it takes to win, and to prepare their players for the next level by teaching the game, developing skills, and holding their teams to a high standards.