Kyron Stokes - Oral Roberts (AC)
A former Oral Roberts player and men’s graduate assistant, his strong work ethic defines the up and coming coach. A southland conference champion himself, he guides everything from recruiting, scouting, and player development with a champions mentality.
Joy McCorvey – Michigan (AC)
A few short years removed from her own playing days, McCorvey has the ability to relate with the players effectively communicating and guiding their development. The quick riser has found a true mentor in coach Barnes-Arico who best prepared her to take on any role, at any level, becoming a true leader and recruiter comfortable working with bigs and guards alike.
Todd Starkey - Kent State
The former men’s NAIA assistant (1998-03) has found a high level of success in the women’s game. While new to his role in Kent Ohio, he is a four-time conference coach of the year and national Coach of the Year winner (2008-09). Balancing academics with athletic honors, there is a Stark(ey) difference between his methods and the rest of the pack.
Joanna Bernabei-McNamee – Albany
From NAIA to D1 Coach Mac produces a work ethic and high octane offense championed by character. The former University of Maryland assistant won a national championship while being mentored by Frese and steadily building her foundation and style of success.
Scott Rueck – Oregon State
In dramatic fashion Rueck has propelled his alma mater to a final four utilizing the strategies of the men’s game. Six years ago he built a team from nothing. Today his Beavers rank in the top 10 nationally in numerous categories on both sides of the ball including key stats for success in the mens game like top scoring defense (7th), scoring margins (12th), and field goal percentage defense (1st).
Bill Fennelly - Iowa State University
Twenty-eight years into his coaching career, Fennelly has achieved instant credibility in all coaching circles. He quietly influenced the entire modern landscape of women's basketball through success that has been modeled and emulated by programs around the country. Perhaps the most successful coach in all of NCAA never to win the national championship, his leadership alone warrants a job on the men’s side.
Kenny Brooks – Virginia Tech
Quick to the ball, the detail oriented players coach looks to established his trademark early offense and conference leading rebounding with stifling defense his first year at VT. But as a former player for legendary Lefty Driesell, Brooks began his coaching career with a JMU men’s squad that won the CAA Tournament.
Joe McKeown - Northwestern University
McKeown has enjoyed 600 plus wins in almost thirty years of success delivered through a competitive, never lose mentality; with a toughness and awareness-with-all unparalleled to others. The winningest coach in A10 Conference history built a power at GW and now at Northwestern, Without question he is capable of the same success from the men’s bench particularly in Chicago.
Doug Bruno – DePaul
The hard working blue collar Chicago native was raised on competition by his mom; one of very few WW2 female marines. Such a lineage has left him with a deep understanding of the work you must put into the job. His “six steps to selfless success: Decision, Dream, Set, Visualize, Mental Discipline, Physical discipline” creates a style of shooting and passing matched by gritty toughness.
Gayle Coats Fulks - Wake Forest (AC)
Accustomed to a diverse set of complications, Coats excels at role playing from working out the guards, to recruiting, to maintaining academics. From a high academic institution and a high level of competition in a power conference, she continually exceeds expectations without losing track of the young women she mentors.
Jimmy Dykes - Arkansas
A man who needs no introduction, we are all familiar with one of ESPN’s all-time best basketball analysts. Still, for those who said his cake was not worth the candle, the Eddie Sutton disciple has been a player in a men’s tourny, coached in a men’s tourny, coached in a women’s tourny, and has experience as a tourny analyst. Thats flexibility sure to achieve career longevity.
Melissa D’Amico – Yale (AC)
A mentor who enjoys the process of teaching, D’Amico actively works to elevate the person as well as the basketball talent. The versatile coach directs recruiting, scouting, and video efforts. Specializing in high academic recruiting with ties overseas, following a professional career in Europe, she is a true asset at Yale and capable of doing it anywhere.
Joni Taylor - University of Georgia
Mississippi born, Alabama educated, Louisiana developed, and Georgia professional, the true southern teacher stresses high energy and constant loud communication. But while speed and aggression is evident on the court, a glimpse at the sideline will reveal an always calm and even keeled Taylor ready to calmly coach any situation. Defensively, her teams rank first in three point fg defense and top 10 in fg defense percentage.
Lisa Fortier - Gonzaga University
The promotion from within saw Gonzaga raise one of the nation’s most efficient offense with numerous scoring options. The 2015 WBCA DI Rookie Coach of the Year and West Coast Conference Coach of the Year has developed First Team All-West Coast Conference players and ticket sales alike.
Courtney Banghart – Princeton
The ivy league championship player and coach fuses experience with intelligence. Her self described “relational” coaching style refers to her interactions with the players and the game. She recruits the right people, the competitors, the winners and the people who have the intangible qualities to be great. It’s a formula we touched on two weeks ago with top System Coaches and would translate well to the mens game.
Niele Ivey – Notre Dame (AC)
A championship winner as a player and coach (Notre Dame) her ability to share experiences with players in late game situations is unique and simply a niche that cant be taught. Proven consistency on the recruiting trail and developing point guards, she prepares not only the players but her fellow coaches as well. Extending from scout to in-game situations Ivey can do it all.
Quentin Hillsman - Syracuse
Through recruiting excellence his immediate impact on the program he reenergized the Orange and took them to a national championship game. Expanding beyond the USA boarders, Hillsman has also served the world as coach to various Dutch junior national teams as well as the Netherlands U19 teams. With previous experience as an assistant on the mens side, his most recent success would serve him well should he ever decide to return to the mens game.
Jennie Baranczyk – Drake
The hometown hero has demonstrated her abilities as a teacher, a tenacious recruiter, and a knack for creating creativity in all areas of the game. Baranczyk is transformational and wholistic. She fits the mold of a trailblazer prepped and ready to excel at the mens game.
John Margaritis –UC Riverside
Running rabbits repeatedly, Margaritis built a top 10 scoring offense averaging 78 transitions points per game. His motion defense creates instant offense all around. It’s a quick rabbit punch leading to a 46% FG avg., a 77% FT avg. and totaling 619 assists for consecutive seasons as the Highlander head coach. And when necessary, he’s proven the ability to wield the hammer sacrificing wins and suspending top players for teachable moments.
Brenda Frese – Maryland
The high profile Frese enjoys a home court advantage; but it’s not Gary Williams court. Her son Tyler’s big win over cancer is the ultimate measure of how to overcome a challenge. With inspiration like that, it’s no surprise her teams continually win, ranking in the top ten for eleven categories out of all thirty NCAA statistics and records kept. And when compared to the mens numbers, those figures are very competitive.
Karen Aston – Texas
With her Texas sized roster Aston wins BIG. Continually ranked in the top 10 for blocked shots and rebounding, her teams avg. 86% in the win-lost category
and top 10 in scoring margin. Aston once said of her idol Pat Summitt, “[she]… transcended genders and crossed borders, impacting athletes, coaches and fans… across the entire United States.” One day we could say the same thing about her.
Brian Ostermann - Kansas State (AC)
Well acclimated to the mens game, Osterman spent five seasons as HC at Colby CC where he remains the school's all-time leader in career wins. As HC at Missouri State-West Plain, he captured a NJCAA Region Championship. Now on the women’s side, his stifling defense has proven effective there too; ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense, and third in blocked shots.
Dave Magarity - Army
He brings a high level of basketball knowledge not only as a coach but as a high level administrator through the MAC, MAAC, and as Director of Athletic Development and coach at Marist. The former assistant and HC on the mens side (Iona, Marist and St. Francis) found a renewed career in the women's game. Now ranking in the top 5 nationally for scoring defense, scoring margins, 3pt fg %, win loss % and 3pt defense.
Kim Mulkey – Baylor
Mulkey simply wont back down. The sixteen year HC has experienced her share of high level public scrutiny; not by her doing, but circumstances surrounding the university. She has handled it all in stride, further proving her value and ability to take on even more. …Her basketball record is pretty good too, widley regarded as one of the top 10 coaches in the woman's game.
Dawn Staley – South Carolina
USA today recently branded her as the “emerging new face of women's basketball” and for good reason. With accolades both as a player and coach too long to list here, Staley is simply in tune with basketball culture the world over and can flat coach; Any level, Any type, anywhere, anytime.
To determine which coaches from the women’s side are best suited for the mens game, our panelists analyzed key differences between the two games including but not limited to: the ability to handle publicity, strategizing for time outs, coaching for size and speed, top scoring offense, top field goal percentages, top scoring defense, scoring margins, field goal percentage defense, the ability to stretch the court defensively, and break the press offensively.
Most agree that C. Vivian Stringer – Rutgers, Tara VanDerveer – Stanford, and Geno Auriemma – Connecticut would likely be the top three vote getters. Therefore, they were all omitted from this category.