Mike Lightfoot - Bethel (IN) NAIA
The light-footed coach sprinted to 500 wins faster than any other coach in history. With one foot on the ground and the other streatching forward, he remains the all-time winningest basketball coach in the state of Indiana. Always choosing conviction over championship, he is proof that doing things the right way can be a highly successful strategy. His model of christian excellence would represent any university to the utmost of their mission.
Greg Kamansky - Cal Poly Pomona DII
The expectation is that the Ponoma proud will always compete for a championship. With more NCAA Elite Eight appearances in the last 10 years than any other program in the country, winning in a physical and defensive league has prepared him for the next level. Beyond basketball Kamansky has successfully navigated the marketing and business of college basketball by creating jobs and growing exponentially; exceeding expectations.
Shaun Vandiver - Emporia State DII
The long time DI assistant (Colorado, Boise State, Wyoming, Bowling Green, Northern Colorado) understands his guys; allowing him to relate the game at the highest levels. In turn, his players grow to reach their academic and athletic potential. The well rounded former NBA and European professional player has lots of basketball knowledge to impart.
Jay Lawson - Bentley College DII
A career highlighted by five straight conference championships from 2005-2009 (Northeastern-10). His 2007-08 team broke the DII record for most consecutive wins. Bottom line, he has the will to win, the desire to succeed, and the keys to unlock that excellence in any gym or personnel at the next level.
Steve Ridder - Embry Riddle (FL) NAIA
The Hall of Famer has his teams in the national rankings year after year. Fitting to be at one of the countries premier aeronautical universities, the well rounded airbus captain has his system set to cruise control as he pilots his players transition on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. All while jetting along the wins current.
Justin Leslie - Azusa Pacific DII
The up-tempo speed on the court is not the only transition Leslie has led. After competing, winning, and winning big in the most competitive NAIA conference, he guided the Cougars to the DII level. His 70 wins as a full-fledged DII member the last three seasons adds to the impressive record of 200 overall wins.
Marty Richter - FSW Juco
His desire and ability to build something from scratch, by taking everything he’s learned and put it to action, is special. A willingness to take the challenge, accepting a first year position and a situation where, in the most visible sport, each win counts just a little more demonstrates his next level mindset.
Dave Macedo - Virginia Wesleyan DIII
Virginia is known for their dogs; and they have a true basketball foxhound in their own back yard. Accustomed to recruiting with no dead periods, Macedo out works everyone. His tireless and passionate efforts pay off with a 73% overall win record that counts a 2006 championship and 2007 national runner up finish. Norfolk State and Hampton specifically would benefit greatly from one of Virginia's favorite adopted sons.
Bret Campbell - Chipola Juco
A true teacher of the game and one of the best JUCO coaches in the country, Campbell excels at developing a strong foundation for players; allowing them to greatly impact games early at the next level. It’s no surprise that the former UT Martin HC would do the same upon his return to the D1 level.
Chris Briggs - Georgetown College NAIA
The former UK student manager and graduate assistant has risen quickly in his old Kentucky home through Georgetown College; as a four year assistant before being named HC. Briggs continues adding to his young legacy with a record of 198-45 in seven seasons, three regular season titles and tournament titles while developing 12 NAIA All-Americans and 19 All conference players.
Ken Ammann - Concordia University Irvine DII
Averaging 28 wins a season and over 400 total wins in his HC career, Ammann has put together a 26-9 overall tournament record proving that he can compete and excel against the best. Aggressive not only on the court, he has developed multiple All Academic performers. With previous assistant coaching experience at DI San Jose State and Pepperdine, the Stanford grad is ready to make his return.
Bob Semling - UW-Stevens Point DIII
Semling casts a bright flame amidst the long shadow of his predecessors Bo Ryan and Jack and Dick Bennett. With a winning percentage over .800 his teams have 62 consecutive appearances in the D3HOOPS.com top 25 rankings. The feather in his cap came in 2010 with a national championship proving to many that he is ready to step out of the shadows.
Jerrod Calhoun - Fairmont State DII
The Cincinnati graduate and savvy social strategist embraced the culture, the history, and the community of Fairmont. Proving reliable on the recruiting trail and aggressive in fundraising, he is responsible for several improvements from a locker room to a film room to a renovation project at Joe Retton Arena. The Huggins disciple has coached at the AAU level all the way up to DI. His overall record of 90-35 in four seasons is proof that his vision, determination, and follow through are held accountable.
Lennie Acuff - UAH DII
Day-in day-out Auff affects the performance and behavior of his players. Focused on communication, Acuff’s 2015-2016 team connected for an average of 85 points per conversation. A preacher of unity, he defines the principles of top level organizational culture. It’s only a matter of time for the four time district coach of the year to make his jump to the next level.
Scott Davenport - Bellarmine (KY) DII
His program at Bellarmine is so successful that basketball became the standard by which the university specifically modeled it’s football program. The student morale, community profile, and national visibility created by coach Davenport should have him situated on the short list for many DI schools.
Grey Giovanine - Augustana DIII
The son of a high school coach has a wealth of successful experiences as a DI assistant. But it was at Lamar where he first cut his teeth as a HC; guiding them to wins over Baylor, LSU, Ole Miss, Houston, USC and Western Kentucky. Now at Augustana he has set the standard for DIII, primed and ready, this is the time for his return to DI.
Greg Tonagel - Indiana Wesleyan NAIA
The former Valpo Ops guy has enjoyed a myriad of successes including two national NAIA championships. Off the court, his ownership of academics, guidance, and athletics influences players and the community alike to live through leadership, mentorship, and commitment. These are common threads of success in coaching that are sure to continue to inspire at the top level.
Bobby Champagne - UNA DII
The well known up and coming coach is well traveled as a former assistant at Washington State, UTEP, Oklahoma, Louisiana Lafayette, Georgia State and South Alabama. His experience has prepped him for the high pressure job at North Alabama where he answered the call. In fact he reshaped the troubled program to a postseason tournament team thirteen times. Players and fans alike gladly follow the always active sideline coach full of energy and enthusiasm.
Dip Metress - Augusta (GA) DII
Protecting the home court with a record of 77-9 at home, Metress has posted a winning record in every year since taking over at Augusta. He takes care of business on the road as well participating in the Elite Eight for three straight years and boasting the fifth-longest win streak in NCAA Division II history.
Greg Clink - Chico State DII
Not backing down to any challenge, the diligent work ethic is obvious as he has fully restored his alma mater to glory with five straight winning seasons, consecutive postseason appearances, three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the program’s first-ever CCAA regular season title, and a 2014 NCAA Western Regional Championship. The kid that couldn't miss carries his playing reputation into college coaching.
Jim Crutchfield - West Liberty DII
From humble beginnings as David, he inherited a 4-23 team only to coach them up to a twenty win season; perhaps one of the biggest turnarounds ever. Today, fully grown as the DII Goliath, he continues wielding the club down on opponents. Constantly pressuring the offense, taking them out of their game... sounds like a familiar and successful DI strategy (havoc).
Josh Schertz - Lincoln Memorial (TN) DII
A true talent coming of coaching age right before our eyes; Schertz enjoyed unparalleled success in his thirties. Now standing at the crossroads of forty; the knowledgeable recruiter has already lifted one program from obscurity to national prominence and would rival the best winning percentages DI has to offer.
Craig Doty - Graceland NAIA
Successful everywhere he has been the diversified business savvy Doty maintains the popular Midwest Elite Basketball camps to further impact the game and his community while diversifying his network. This example of relentless work ethic and energetic drive will propel him to the top. But it’s his commitment to the classroom and family first personal development of athletes that will keep him there.
Jared Phay - CSI Juco
In a high-pressure job, the congenial family man Phay focuses on fundamentals. His game preparation is always second to none. One of the best in the game, simply put, he has what it takes to be successful at the highest level.
Steve DeMeo - Northwest Florida State College Juco
Better equipped now with head coaching experience, and even further developing his already top notch recruiting skills by coaching in the JUCO ranks, the well publicized national champion and former DI assistant should not be long from his return to the highest level.
Successful at the lower levels and proven instrumental in the development of players, business, and the game, these are the Top Small College Coaches Best Suited for the Division I Level.