Rylee Hernandez - Williston State College (ND)
Promoting from within, Hernandez was an intricate part of the Teton’s back to back regular season conference championships.
Kelvin Starr - The Master's College
Establishing defense and transition, the pastor is hard at work returning to college basketball. The veteran, who comes most recently from the high school level, has worked every facet of the game at the club, prep, and camp levels; not to mention previous AC stints in the GSAC and NAIA.
Jamaal Jackson - Kentucky State
Continuous improvement everywhere he has been, Jackson now has the honor of developing his alma mater. As an intern at Ohio State during their ’99 season reaching the final four, Jackson is very capable of reaching that state of success in Frankfort Kentucky.
Todd May - Concord University (WV)
Perhaps the quickest and easiest hiring decision AD Kevin Garrett will ever make. It took all of an hour to promote May. If it ain’t broke don't fix it.
Todd McGuinness - Case Western Reserve (OH)
The D3 coaching veteran with over 100 wins makes an immediate impact by becoming the schools third winningest coach before the first game. McGuinness first served CWRU as an assistant from 2006-2009. He departed for the head coaching job at Hartwick College where the three time Empire Eight Champion and COY developed multiple rookie of the year winners, conference player of the year winners and MVP winners.
Todd Day - Philander Smith (AR)
A former high school coach in the basketball mecca of Memphis, Day will have strong roots to further cultivate what has become a basketball rich community in Little Rock. It’s a homecoming celebration for the former Razorback who spent many years in the NBA. Philander can’t help but benefit greatly in every area by the up and coming coach. Simply a great hire putting both parties in a great situation for future advancement.
Luke Stuckey - Lincoln Trail College (IL)
Stuckey is a former Orlando Magic assistant coach who ran their summer league and draft camp while serving as a close advisor to GM Rob Hennigan. He brings a wealth of basketball knowledge in business and in the game to his first head coaching post.
Marc Kuntz - Post University (CT)
Coach Kuntz assisted the University of New Hampshire to its first 20-win season in school history while responsible for multiple conference Rookie of the Year and All-conference players. But the stars began aligning for Kuntz at a young age. As a Xavier student manager under the late great Skip Prosser, he worked with the likes of James Posey and David West.
Matt Collier - Queens College (NY)
The prince of Queens returns home. He spent thirteen years developing his skills as a manager and assistant coach through stops at D1 Umass, Howard, and Drexel. Armed now with a contact list of people who know how to build a program, and a blueprint already completed by Queens College championship woman's program and HC Elizabeth Naumovski, Collier is a great fit.
Adam Hiatt - Montana Tech
Familiarity with the region, the former university of Idaho coach is a great fit to develop Montana Tech. With an at-large bid in the NAIA Tournament in 2013-14 (Westminster) the detail oriented rising coach will excel in academics, effort, and toughness; three areas paramount to cultivating basketball success.
Cory Fehringer - Western Nebraska College
Already proving his worth, Fehringer has wasted no time in signing top players. A 2006 all region player of the year himself (Northeastern JC) he knows what these recruits need to be successful at this level and imparts his knowledge with ease.
Guy Furr - Trinity Valley
A feel good story in coaching, after 14 (nonconsecutive) years as an assistant at TVCC, Furr finally fits the big chair. The experienced shot doctor has traveled the nation working with the best in college basketball. But back home at TVCC, he is most well-known for his work with Nick Van Exel and Shawn Kemp.
Andre Owens - Western Texas College
On the heels of six consecutive seasons with no less than seventeen wins each, spanning three different schools, it’s his time to move up from assistant and take charge. Did we mention those six seasons are his only six seasons in coaching!
Alfred Williams - Xavier University of Louisiana
With a tradition of leadership and promoting from within Xavier (LA) lifted its former forward to play the point position from the bench. As his former HC Dannton Jackson puts it: this is a role the “intelligent, analytical, dependable and well-prepared” Williams is comfortable playing.
Chris Popp - Missouri State University-West Plains
No one knows better the ropes of the heartland. In fifteen years of coaching Popp produced 34 all-conference performers and 13 players to play professionally. This experienced rope worker will get satisfactory service on the plains with the least expense and trouble suffering very little loss in time and money continuing the winning tradition.
Bubba Smith - Lee University (TN)
A proven leader with a knack for developing talent and a community, the Tennessean is right at home where he will continue to attract the best from the Volunteer State.
Joe Crispin - Rowan University
It’s change through continuity. Steadily continuing to climb the coaching ladder, this former NBA player transitions from assistant to head coach. A familiar face assisting both the men’s and women teams the last few years, Crispin has a very strong head start.
Houston Reed - Chadron State (NE)
Sixty Seven players can’t be wrong. That’s the number of his guys have gone on to four year programs from his juco programs. And you don’t accomplish that without making a few friends at the next level along the way. Aptly named, coach “Reed” gets the best out of his players by reading and reacting.
Shawn Dirden - Northwestern Oklahoma State
Lots of staff experience at the D1 level, combined with juco and high school coaching experience, Dirden has made a noticeable difference everywhere he has been. All his former teams made dramatic turn arounds during his first year; and NW Oklahoma State should be no different.
Max Good - Pratt CC (KS)
A former D1 HC (Loyola Marymount) the 30 year veteran will bring credibility and instant competition to Pratt. With a keen understanding of every aspect of the sport, the game, and the business, twenty win seasons, final four appearances and more are all just around the corner. Max is simply a Good deal.
Marty Richter - Florida Southwestern JC
Technically hired a year ago but only now starting his official HC duties, Richter will undoubtedly take advantage of the rare head start. The former evaluator and scout for ESPN knows the recruiting trail well and has the vote of confidence from may elite industry leaders both coaches and administrators; college and pro.
Ryan Looney - Point Loma Nazarene
The type of coach that makes our job easy. Just look at his past five seasons with Seattle Pacific…NCAA: first rd., second rd., first rd., sweet sixteen, sweet sixteen. A match between an already historical coach and “sports town USA”, this appears to be another move for the future. All of Southern California will be watching this one closely.
Matt Brown - Wentworth Military Academy and College (MO)
A branch off multiple trees including Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder) and John Beilein (University of Michigan) the sturdy Brown has branched out on his own. Former head coach at UMKC is back in the big chair!
Jim Saia - Cal State Los Angeles
Breaking grounds both figuratively and literally (as NAIA Cal State San Marcos built brand new facilities on the back of Saia’s successful efforts) his blueprint will now apply to D2. This time the facilities are already in place to the specification of the NBA! Originally built as a beautiful practice facility for the LA professional teams, the Eagles Nest now has all it's eggs in a row to birth a long term tradition of championships.
Craig Doty - Graceland University (IA)
A popular name found on every basketball report in existence, the two time national champion (Rock Valley ’14 and ’16) continues his climb from JUCO to the NAIA ranks with much more to come.
These coaches worked tirelessly for many years dedicating themselves in service of the game. Now hired to carry out new visions of development and market, to create space and opportunity for a championship caliber program. They all get their shot now as the best off season head coach hires in small college basketball.