Based on fit, culture, previous success and more, these are the top coaches to enter the DI level this year from the pros, DII, DIII, NAIA, JUCO, or Prep ranks.
Tyler Bullock - Omaha
Quietly building a great staff in Omaha, Hansen adds another piece this season with Bullock. In two seasons at the Juco level he developed all-region, and third team all American players. The former Maverick PG knows what it takes to perform and be successful in the Summit league and the Omaha community.
Brian Barone - SIUE
Another born to basketball guy fortunate to work all over in the business. From NBA, DI, JUCO levels working recruiting, development, operations, video, scouting, and even his own consulting business. Simply put this guys has been everywhere, seen everything and will be a valuable asset.
Gus Argenal - Nevada
Coming from a lifelong culture of basketball he understands different perspectives of the job from schemes to recruiting. A former DI staffer and assistant (UTSA, Rice, UC Davis) Argenal went DII most recently serving as HC for Cal State East Bay to expand his scope of responsibilities.
Dominque Taylor - Bethune-Cookman
The Wildcats have a strong and proven one two coaching punch. Most recently Taylor picked up head coaching experience at Southeastern Illinois CC which will serve him well as associate hc. The former Chipola coach has ties all over the JUCO space to raise the talent pool quickly in Daytona.
Rahim Lockhart - Ole Miss
A former Ole Miss All American, and Mississippi native, Lockhart is welcomed home after proving himself in the high school and juco ranks. While currently working to develop his own health the established coach and All SEC performer will have an immediate impact on the entire community upon his healthy return.
Kahil Fennell - Portland State
Rising quickly, three years ago Fennell was a high school coach, two years ago, assistant at Texas-Permian Basin, and one year ago promoted to associate HC at the DII program. Today he sits as a DI assistant ready to put his west coast recruiting ties to work.
Matt Bringman - IUPUI
With a focus on identifying players he can develop and strategically planning practices designed to produce all conference, all-state, and all American performers, Bringman has proven in both the NAIA and JUCO spaces that he is deserving of this opportunity.
Wendell Moore - Prairie View A&M
This seasoned DI coach spent the last two years assisting Butler CC to the final four. With strong roots extending out from Texas to the southeast and the midwest; from DI to JUCO and High School levels he is sure to attract top tier transfers and provide a roadmap for success.
Jamie Quarles - Buffallo
Ten years learning from one of the brightest in the game (Dip Metress) this dynamic young coach is versatile. Excelling in scout, player development, the necessary administrative tasks, as well as leading camps, this relentless worker is just getting started.
Zach Carpenter - UT Martin
The well seasoned Carpenter built JUCO traditions such as John A. Logan, Wabash Valley, and Louisburg. With nothing left to accomplish in the juco space, Carpenter transitions to DI. He returns to his home state of Tennessee with a ton of high level prospects not too far behind him.
Jimmy Wooten - Eastern Michigan
Wooten worked tirelessly for twelve years through the prep level with over one hundred players going DI. What sets him apart is the millennial mindset working smarter and harder through analytical focus on IT and tech.
Dave Thorson - Drake
Well primed for the new challenge, he leaves behind a career in the high school ranks which saw Minneapolis DeLaSalle win nine state titles. The guy knows how to get the best out of both his players and his community having secured almost thirty-million in gifts for a high school team.
Tyler Murray - Furman
With an eight year history of success at DII Shorter U serving as an assistant, associate hc, and as head coach he put his stamp on the program delivering recruiting, conference championships and a record number of wins.
Josh Sash - UMKC
Sash has enjoyed winning records, deep tournament runs, top rankings, premier player performances, and a high level culture everywhere he has been; from the heartland to the east coast to Texas; from DI as a student assist, to juco coaching. Still, Sash realizes that success is never finished.
Theo Robertson - Cal
His credentials are in the stats as the schools top all time three point shooter. But his competitiveness and ability to develop basketball skills won’t let that record stand long. Familiarity working with a young roster via the Lakers has prepared him for communicating with the nine seniors at Cal.
Shane Heirman - DePaul
Armed with a walk on work ethic to set himself apart he has paved his own way. The Chicago native takes the big stage at DePaul where he will continue his unique talent for getting the most out of his players and release untapped potential they never knew existed.
Tone Boyle - EIU
With strong regional ties, he exceeded expectations returning Highland CC to the top spot. He can do the same at the DI level for EIU under another former highly successful juco coach. Boyle will excite his players and fans with a contagious passion and loud reactions to every play.
Kevin Carroll - VMI
Carroll finds a familiar situation in Lexington City. He has led transitions from Division III to DII and rebuilt a program up to its most successful season in their forty-one year history (Maryville-St. Louis). He also arrives with armed forces experience as a former assistant at Air Force.
Kyle Campbell - Sam Houston State
From Coffeyville to Dodge City, success followed Campbell throughout the juco space. Producing multiple team championships and individual MVP’s, without question, we will soon see a sharp spike in points and rebounds on the Sam Houston 2017-2018 stat sheets.
Ed Haskins - Washington State
Arguably the top basketball coach in the state of Washington at any level, Haskins delivers a direct pipeline to the top recruits in the state through his previous employer powerhouse Garfield HS. It’s a perfect fit for a school with a strong local community culture.
Jeff Mailhot - NMSU
Accustomed to sending his players DI each season, Mailhot makes the jump himself this year. With an established network in small college ball and a reputation as a tireless developer his recruiting will be invaluable. He will enhance NMSU across the court…and off it.
Chad Eshbaugh - Jacksonville
Thirteen years of successful coaching experience aside, Eshbaugh recruits first team performers. Part of that is due to how he coaches. Connecting with his players, he is continuously innovating skill drills to make his guys better. Creating situations to produce new found strengths on the court, it all starts with conditioning in the off season. This guy is just the remedy for a program like Jacksonville.
Derrick Clark - LMU
The former Dunlap player knows the system and the type of recruits brought in. His career started by assisting another current LMU coach (Hays). Clark would eventually succeed him leading DII Metro St. to elite GPA stats, almost two hundred wins, and championship runs.
J.T. Burton - Morehead St.
Successful everywhere; girls high school, NAIA, JUCO he is well known for development, deep tournament runs, and wins. In fact, Burton won more total games in his two years at the illustrious Motlow State than any other two or three, and some four year head coaches in their fifty years of play.
Patrick Ewing - Georgetown
The only man alive who would have the blessing of the Thompson family to pick up and carry the program forward; this fifteen year NBA assistant brings publicity, HOF playing experience and elite next level coaching from scoring, rebounding, defense, shot blocking, Ewing can teach it all.