NAIA Bigs Skill Development DI and DII

Our national panel of media, scouts, and coaches, have voted on the top coaches for developing and implementing post player skills. Working often time with undersized talent, these coaches get the best performance out of their players for post like performance. Moreover, these coaches prove their ability to harness another level of a players game on both sides of the ball.

*All coaches are head coaches unless otherwise noted.

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Roosevelt Jones - Indiana University Kokomo (Assistant)

The Butler great has moved into a coaching role where he is just as effective as he was leading the nation in rebounding as an undersized big. His efforts directing player development initiatives while assisting with on-court coaching and scouting have led to DII team ranking second in Blocks per Game (4.647), Total Blocks (158), sixth in Total Rebound Offense (1457) and seventh in Total Rebounds per Game (42.853).

Dugan Lyne - Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

The former Austin Peay student assist and 2008 OVC champ, has made remarkable strides developing his roster of bigs. Lyne spent the last six seasons as associate HC. He helped lead the RedHawks to three NAIA national tournament appearances and two conference championships. He helped produce seven NAIA All-Americans and one NAIA Scholar-Athlete through big skill development.

Colby Blaine - College of Idaho

Blaine’s most notable work comes in the form of All-American Aziz Leeks. Developing the CCC Player of the Year and CCC Defensive Player of the Year, led to the 2017-2018 Yotes being the top defensive bigs in the NAIA DII, allowing only roughly 64 PPG.

Stacy Hollowell - Loyola (La.)

Getting the job done on D, Hollowell has honed the shot blocking skills of Myles Burns. Only a 6’5” freshman, the forward is playing beyond his height, and years looking more like a 6’8” senior. This development has played a key role in carrying an average season through a conference championship directly into the national tournament.  

Donnie Bostwick - Oklahoma Wesleyan

One of the most successful coaches in the country.  Bostwick has coached over 12 All-Americans and 5 NAIA Players of the Year. His bigs lead the nation as top rebounders’ ranked number one in DII Offensive Rebounds per Game (15.853), Total Rebounds per Game (45.500), Rebound Margin (13.912) and Total Total Rebound Offense (1547). They also rank fifth in DII in Total Blocks (132).

Eric DeSantis -   Cornerstone (Mich.)

Responsible for recruiting, scouting and post-player development, DeSantis has accomplished two NAIA DII National Championships (’11 and ’15), One NAIA DII National Runner-up ('17), six WHAC regular season titles (’05, ’07, ’11, ’14, ’15, '17) and six WHAC tournament titles (’06, ’10, ’11, ’14, ’15, '17) all by leading the country in rebounds and blocks year in and year out.

Delano Thomas - Shawnee State (Ohio)

A former First Team NAIA All-American and AMC Player of the Year, Thomas is the program leader in blocked shots and rebounds,. In his first season as HC with the Bears, Thomas' work with the big men paid HUGE dividends. Nick Tingle recorded 28 blocks and a .546 fg%. Jacob Daniels also benefited and sits 9th all-time in offensive rebounding avg. in the program's history.

John Henry - William Penn (Iowa)

Henry, who owns a career record of 371-194 (.657), has produced 49 all-conference performers, 18 All-Americans, 70 academic all-conference selections, and 24 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Soon we should be adding this yers contributor to that list, the top 10 shot blocking stand out, Omar Sherman. 

Derek Selvig - Montana Tech (Assistant)

The 7-foot former Grizzly power forward helped lead the Montana squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances through traditional post play and his ability to shoot the three. Through that experience, he has a clear vision of how to incorporate the bigs position into the game plan now as an assistant. Luckily, his current HC (Hiatt) was also at Montana at the same time and shares Selvig’s vision of effective post play.

Jon Mack - Southwestern Christian (Okla.)

Last season in Mack’s first year he wasted no time in making bigs a priority. We all watched Casey Cole earn all-Sooner Athletic Conference accolades. The great work down low continues this year with 6-5, 210 lb, JR forward Jericho Avery playing a level up and evolving footwork and positioning while developing into a dominate rebounder under the tutelage of Mack.

Chris Francis - Science & Arts (Okla.)

Francis has done a remarkable job with size and space this season turning Marquise Williams into a top 20 rebounder. Still, it’s the development of mr. double double, Dedrian Parmer that showcases what this fourth year head coach can do for hos post players. It’s exciting to watch him come into his own! 

Steve Knight - William Carey  (Miss.)

With almost a baseball approach, he makes training and individual development a priority within his system. A point proved again most recently with solid passing from his bigs who accounted for six assists in the first round win at Nationals. Knight gets a huge assist from Philip McCray who plays a a major role in strengthening skill  

and development, bolstering and elevating the confidence of his players.

Drew Wilson - Faulkner (Ala.) (Assistant)

Wilson is involved with all aspects of the program and a primary focus on recruiting, player development, and on-the-court coaching. Regularly churning out all-conference performers, Wilson’s efforts directly correlate to season high finishes for both the player and the team. And in the case of current player Milan Skundric, that finish is strong enough lead the league in blocks and rebounds.

Darrell Glover - Huston-Tillotson (Texas) (Assistant)

Coach "Duck" as the team calls him, brings an added skill set and knowledge of the game to the team. He actively works with each individual outside of practice to ensure they are focused on their areas of growth. Emphasizing scoring the ball and rebounding, his own on the floor experience plays a huge role in relating the material to the student athlete at his alma mater.

Brent Vernon - Campbellsville (Ky.)

Vernon brought in five of the previous six NAIA All-Americans who have come through the program. He helped Dii'jon Allen-Jordan lead Campbellsville to its first NAIA Fab Four since 2008. His ability to reign in Damontre Harris when most DI coaches could not, speaks volumes about his abilities. Today his bigs get the job done through league leading double doubles and blocks.

Trey Clarkson - Arizona Christian (Assistant)

Coach Clarkson assists Head Coach Rutter in all facets including recruiting, scouting, scheduling, and academic support. Clarkson is also the head coach of the prospect development team, which plays a 15-20 game schedule against junior colleges and prep schools. Year in year out, those prospects that make the grade there; end up leading the league in points and defensive statistics for big men.       

Clint Galyean - Central Baptist (Ark.) 

Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard already has a flourishing tree. One branch off that Redwood is Galyean. Responsible for coaching the JV team he was instrumental in developing F Percell Washington, F Victor Dukes, sometimes F Jon Warren and one other to All Conference status a year ago. This season he proved his sustainability through rebounding as Dukes and Washington again rank among the best in the league.

Chris Briggs - Georgetown (Ky.)

Deondre McWhorter; the 2015-16 NABC-NAIA National Player of the Year. Vic Moses; the NAIA Co-Player of the Year in 2013.  There is plenty more where they came from; but for now, enough said.

Jason Durst - Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)

Jason Durst has been part of HLG athletics since 2002, taking on the responsibility of head coach in 2005. Durst has coached 7 AMC All-Conference players, 37 Academic All-Conference players, 5 Academic All-Americans, and 1 NAIA All-American. Among them this year stands the undersized, nevertheless, dynamic triple double master Brady Smith.

Thomas Billups - Tougaloo (Miss.)

Producing multiple stellar performances and one of the league’s best rebounders; find, hit, and get, is a way of life in Tougaloo, MS. Handy, Tonzell and company bulldog their opponents down in route to every loose ball off the rim.

Kelvin Starr - The Master's (Calif.)

The history Starr has developing bigs is present with All-Americans in 6-foot-10 center Tim Soares and 6-7 sharp-shooter Travis Yenor. His teams are known for rim-rattling dunks, and league leading rebounders that DI players transfer down to play. Just ask Darryl McDowell-White from Fresno State, 6-7 Brock Gardner from Liberty, and Junior Gavin DeJong, a 6-8 forward from Montana.

Devarus Walker - Stillman College (Ala.) (Assistant)

Consistently winning with bigs, Walker brings an outstanding record of accomplishment in player development. As a former JUCO coach he sent on several players to DI institutions including Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Florida A& M (SWAC), Southern Miss (Conference USA) and Radford (Big South).

Bob Ludwig - Peru State (Neb.) 

A dedication to teaching dominating face-guarding defense, coupled with help rotation, and footwork, with timing, has paid huge dividends in the shape of all American Lyle Hexom. His league leading performance in points and blocks carried Peru State to Nationals thanks to the efforts of Ludwig and skill developer extordeare GA Brandon Gossett.       

Rocky Lamar - MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

The HOF coach does it all. Rewriting the record books since 1986 coaching 28 NAIA All-America honorees and counting. This season Coach Lamar has invested in developing the triple double machine that is Dakota Quinn. Only Quinn’s first year on camps, coach Lamar makes quick work of his All Americans through generous positive energy, and exemplary instruction to build lasting relationships.

Larry Cordaro - LSU Alexandria (La.)

We can still remember watching Cordaro’s team a year ago in the fab four. His teams play well together in a system that utilizes each position to their strength on both sides of the ball. In all five years at the helm he has developed NAIA All-Americans, most recently through bigs Brian Sylvester, Brandon Moss, Gilbert Talbot, he shows his dynamic ability while simultaneously developing Defensive POY’s.