Coachstat's national panel of media, scouts, and coaches, have voted on the top coaches for developing and implementing post player. Working often time with undersized talent these coaches get the best performace out of thier post players able to harness their ability producing skilled big men on both sides of the ball.
Ryan Devlin - Siena
The one time Stu Vetter pupil is in the midst of a booming young career after developing Terrence Ross and Mouphtaou Yarou at the prep level. His success carried to NJCAA power CSI and to the Albany City Rocks AAU (Isaiah Stewart). Today the former Penn State staffer is in his first official DI coaching role at Siena where he has had an immediate impact on their post players
Nick Booker - Eastern Washington
Learning from two of the best in the business of bigs (Turner and McKillop), his player development and mentoring has traveled as well as his emphasis on defensive; coaching from the Big West to the A10 and the Big Sky. Booker knows what it takes to be successful in the post and has proven that at every level in junior college and NCAA DI levels as a coach; and as a player himself leading Davidson in blocked shots and steals.
Zach Carpenter - UTM
Out performing the conference and many nationally in almost every category kept for bigs over the last four years, Carpenter continues the success he had at the Juco level. At UTM it was a group effort to achieve their dominance from the post as Anthony Stewart and Jermaine Johnson first set the foundation and put their bigs in a strong position for success when implementing their current system.
Rick McFadden - Duquesne
Bringing the unique experience of being a duel sport guy at a high-level playing football in the Ohio State-Michigan game and playing in the Dean dome during his basketball days, this guy knows all about big. From situations to leadership and communications, coaching bigs is a natural fit for the one time QB orchestrating some of the biggest athletes anywhere.
Bobby Kummer - Lamar
The hard-nosed player has lost teeth to get the job done on the court. Such tenacity and passion translates well to big bruisers and physicl play. Involved with all aspects of numerous programs, he has always been especially involved with the development of post players over his thirty year career that included stops at UNCC (during the 49ers hey day), Texas A&M, and Lamar.
Eric Haut - Kent State
Senderoff has mentored an outstanding pupil in Haut. Another in a common theme of post coaches who also have taken a lead on defense, Haut has helped develop multiple All-MAC bigs including one of the greatest players in Kent State history (Hall). Both the MAC and Kent State record books are packed with post players Developed by Haut.
Ryan Cross - ULM
Cross has revitalized his career in part by his ability to exaggerate post players. As the program makes the long climb back to the top of the Sun Belt it is happening on the back of their bigs; to stand on the shoulders of their giants. And it all started with Cross and his ability to both recruit and develop Tylor Ongwae.
Shaun Vandiver - Wyoming
The goal oriented Vandiver always has the unique advantageous ability to teach young men how to reach their potential in academics, basketball, and in life. He’s a man known and respected, throughout the profession, for his integrity and his post players.
Kevin Mondro - Eastern Michigan
During his eight year tenure in Ypsilanti EMU has seen Da’Shonte Riley, EMU’s first-ever MAC Defensive POY, and Glenn Bryant who earned All-MAC Honorable Mention accolades. Most recently, Mondro helped James Thompson IV to the Eagles’ second-ever MAC Freshman of the Yea, All-MAC Second Team and All-MAC First Team honors in 2017-18.
Paul Harrison - Bucknell
Harrison has developed each of the last two Patriot League POY from the post where his guys lead the league in both scoring and rebounding. His compassion, creativity, and assertiveness (without aggressiveness) reinforced with perseverance allows him to get the very best from his players at all levels from DII to his stint at Wofford.
Kevin Sutton - Rhode Island
There is a reason the names Pitt., Georgetown, George Washington, James Madison and Old Dominion immediately conjure up images of the games greatest big men. That reason is Sutton. The seasoned veteran has a deep understanding of the post position through mentality, legal physical play, scoring against contact, efficiency in post movement and relentless rebounding.
Jeff Boals - Stony Brook
A diversified coach, he’s a terrific recruiter who understands post play for in-game strategy. His players accolades speak to his coaching abilities having developed national POY and all conference performers since his days in Akron (2003).
Chris Shumate - NKU
The mental approach to his efforts on and off the court improve both him and his players daily. As a former player he understands how to be relatable; intense when he needs it and his arm around the shoulder when the time calls for it. His most dramatic impact on Bigs came at Tennessee where he helped mold an undersized front court into a unit that boasted a positive rebounding margin, ranked second in the SEC in rebounding defense and fourth in offensive rebounding.
Marcus Grant - Troy
Consistency is key for Grant and his success from the post. In 2017-18 Grant saw two of his post players land in the top ten for SBC
rebounding. He oversaw Varnado grow to be the dominant SBC big leading to their 2016-17 tittle. In 2014-15, Grant developed F Kevin Thomas, who rewrote Troy’s record book.
Randy Rahe - Weber St.
During his historic 2012-13 season alone, Rahe coached three bigs to Big Sky All-Conference honorees in Frank Otis, Kyle Tresnak, and Joel Bolomboy. Prior to Weber St. he developed one of the games best out of Utah in Andrew Bogut.
Matt Figger - Austin Peay
Prior to landing a HC job, moving steadily up the ranks under Frank Martin (thus by default Bob Huggins) and Brad Underwood, the ability to craft post players and harness their toughness is a prerequisite to the job and ultimately success. Figger does it just as well as his mentors. His achievements are most evident in the shape of Shawn Marion, Tyrone Nesby, Bill Walker and Michael Beasley.
Steve Forbes - ETSU
The point guard who could post up can coach it all. His teams are always built for the NCAA tournament with legitimate size at the four and five emphasizing rebounds. His ability to maximize the post position within his motion offense setting in the low post and another post player in the at the top of the key is an example of his dynamic offensive mind that bigs want to play for.
Steve McClain - UIC
Throughout his long and successful career the hands-on teacher demands best efforts daily. Those intangibles helped his players like Tia Odiase develop into top rim protectors nationally as well as consecutive conference POY’s. Longtime NBA power forward Kurt Thomas became became only the third NCAA player ever to lead the nation in both scoring and rebounding thanks to McClain.
Mark Schmidt - St. Bonaventure
Schmidt (assisted in no small part by his coaching comrade Steve Curran) has been on fire in the traditionally freezing cold Allegany NY. And while he has accomplished allot through his backcourt, the front court he developed has made huge strides including ranking third in conference for blocked shots. He has taken little known bigs to all conference honors as well as to the NBA.
Bill Herrion - New Hampshire
Herrion guided the most successful class in UNH history that included two of the best players in UNH history; all-time leading scorer Tanner Leissner, and the all-time leading rebounder Iba Camara; both bigs. While conference play cant come quick enough this year, post performance is not the issue. In fact their two freshman bigs are both in the top 10 for rebounding under the tutelage of Herrion.
Chris Jans - NMSU
Jans developed Jemerrio Jones into a top national rebounder and WAC POY. Simply said, Jans post players get better. Those looking for a paycheck at the next level, see themselves going to work for Jans. With an equal balance of scoring and rebounding, he makes quick work of their size and length in his system; not surprising from the Steve Lutz pupil.
Dave Rose - BYU
The Phi Slama Jama alum and captain has worked well with bigs all his career. These days, his Cougars are doing their damage inside. Known for developing solid post players who are great passer with shooting range, his bigs score a ton in his system. A brilliant tactician, Rose sees the benefit, especially given quick turnarounds, to get the ball inside.
Russ Turner - UCI
En route to forming good men and good citizens, Turner has evolved the big lumbering offensively Greene post player, as well as the banged up and bandaged, into productive, polished, and inspirational performers on both sides of the floor. His experience also includes the development of arguably the greatest big of all time in Tim Duncan.
Jim Whitesell - Buffalo
From his efforts developing very good bigs in Saint Louis, he landed at Loyola where they saw a team with solid bigs who all got their fair share. The offense flowed through them and the entry passes created many opportunities solely in the post. A very tactful coach, his post players not only play well but provide solid offensive rebounding and other tasks without fouling. And today, his Buffalo bigs rank twenty-third in blocked shots.
Johnny Jones - Texas Southern
History and success with post players continually repeats as Jones most recently served at Nevada developing todays top 10 pack of wolves. Before that, at LSU, he guided Ben Simmons, Tim Quarterman, Johnny O’Bryant, Jordan Mickey and Jarrell Martin as well as Shaquille O’Neal.