Jamie Dixon - Pittsburgh
Entering his 13th season at Pittsburgh, Dixon has an astonishing .734 winning percentage with NCAA tournament appearances in 10 of his 12 seasons in the Steel City. The SoCal native has found a home back east and the Panther faithful are happy he has.
Mick Cronin - Cincinnati
A coach's son, groomed by the best in the business - including at least two of the other names on this very list - this relentless recruiter has a knack for evaluating talent. The scrappy Cincinnati Kid has proven his value again and again by resurrecting his hometown program and even overcoming an aneurysm.
Jim Larranaga - Miami (Fl)
No one has ever doubted whether Coach L could coach, especially after leading a group of no-name Patriots at George Mason to a Final Four in 2006. He took his talents to South Florida and continues to prove that his is a winner. The 2013 AP Coach of the Year has made the Hurricanes a force to be reckoned with in the ACC.
Kevin Stallings - Vanderbilt
Quietly, Stallings continues to show that it can be done at a prestigious academic school with rigid requirements, in spite of the fact he competes in a league of complete polar opposites. He may not be flashy, but coaches around the country say he is borderline genius in terms of his X&O knowledge.
Larry Brown - SMU
The Great Teacher has bounced back and forth between college and the NBA time and time again proving his ability to win at any level. A unique treasure of the game whose roots can be traced back to the great James Naismith himself.
Kevin Ollie - UCONN
After wrapping up a pro career, Kevin Ollie didn't take long to make a splash in the world of coaching. One year removed from taking over a UCONN program that was ineligible for post-season play, Ollie responded with a national championship in 2013-14. One of the bright, young coaches who really understands ego management.
Mike Brey - Notre Dame
Brey has been the model of consistency at Notre Dame boasting a 332–165 record at the school. One year removed from joining the powerful ACC, Brey responded with a 32-6 (14-4) record, tournament championship, and an NCAA Elite 8.
Jim Boeheim - Syracuse
Marred by recent NCAA findings at Syracuse, who can argue with Boeheim's success? One of the all-time greats, he has been able to check every milestone box during his career. Boeheim IS Syracuse basketball and, whether wins are vacated or not, this guy has lead his Orange to victory 966 times during his illustrious career.
Shaka Smart - Texas
One of the top-30 coaches under 30 nine years ago, he came into his own taking over VCU and transcending Virginia basketball history by delivering two-consecutive, first-round NBA draft picks from the same school. Co-creator of the upbeat havoc style of basketball, the defensive philosopher brings the psychological thriller genre to basketball enthusiasts the world over.
Lon Kruger - Oklahoma
While leading some big name programs (Kansas St., Florida, Illinois, UNLV, Oklahoma, and even the Atlanta Hawks), Kruger has quietly put together a fantastic career. 2015-16 will be his 30th season and he doesn't look to be slowing down having lead his Sooners to the Sweet 16 only nine months ago.
Bob Huggins - West Virginia
Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, WVU...this guy just wins! The 2015 Big 12 Coach of the Year boasts a 765-312 career record going into this season. Huggs has never been one to worry about what others think, yet, ask any coach around the country and most will tell you they love him! He's an every man's man who gets his kids to play hard!
Bo Ryan - Wisconsin
A loyal coach who's never left Wisconsin. Everyone is aware of his multiple accolades, especially the 2007 Clair Bee Coach of the Year award. But, in an era of big contracts and bigger houses, Ryan chose to downsize to a condo close the Badgers' Kohl Center. That move speaks volumes about college basketball's the best kept secret.
Jay Wright - Villanova
With a December 24th birthday, he is perhaps one of the greatest gifts to college basketball. Coach Wright blends style with education graduating all players who stay the full four years. With a whipping truthful tongue he molds the best basketball players out of his student-athletes.
Gregg Marshall - Wichita State
The Missouri Valley may not be considered a "high-major," but Marshall's Shockers ARE and NO ONE will argue that. Having a Final 4 under his belt in the last three years, Marshall has this year's team poised to make another run. If people think Wichita State caught lightening in a bottle when they hired Marshall, research his success at Winthrop where he took his programs to the NCAA Tournament in 7 of his 9 seasons in Rock Hill, SC.
Sean Miller - Arizona
This will be Miller's 12th season as a head coach and seventh at Arizona. He proved he could coach with the big boys while a 120-47 record during his five seasons at Xavier and the success didn't stop there. Three Elite Eights during his time at Arizona, and his last 2 seasons boasted 2 of those.
Mark Few - Gonzaga
438–103 record as a head coach, 14 West Coast Conference (WCC) regular season championships, 12 WCC tournament championships, 16 NCAA bids, while turning a small school in a "mid-major" conference into one of the nation's elite, year in, year out. ENOUGH SAID!
That Matta - Ohio State
In Columbus, Ohio, where football reigns supreme, Matta has proven that there are "Two shows in town." The Buckeyes have experienced a great deal of success under Matta including a national championship appearance in 2007 and a Final Four in 2012. This guy can coach, just ask some of the branches of his coaching tree like Sean and Archie Miller or John Groce.
John Beilein - Michigan
A coach's coach, Beilein has never held the title of assistant coach. He has truly climbed the head coaching ladder with stops at the high school, junior college, NCAA Divisions III, II, and I levels. With 717 wins at the collegiate level, the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year is known as one of the game's great teachers.
Roy Williams - UNC
Learning his life lessons from legendary Dean Smith,
Williams carries that mentorship role forward having impacted over 35 NBA guys as one of the top college coaches to produce the best pro talent.
Tony Bennett - Virginia
Bennett was groomed to teach the game of basketball once his playing career ended. Taking over for his father, legendary Dick Bennett, at one of the toughest jobs at the "high-major" level, Washington State, Bennett responded with 26 wins and national coach of the year in season one. He has spent the last six years building a stale Virginia program into a national title contender.
Rick Pitino - Louisville
One of college basketball's icons, Pitino has had his share of embattled moments. Nevertheless, 722 wins and two national championships speak volumes for his ability to recruit, motivate, and lead. Ask any of the other 24 coaches on this list and they will tell you, this guy, can flat coach!
Bill Self - Kansas
Perhaps the most successful hire of the century, Self came in winning 11 of 12 regular season conference titles. Contrary to his name, Self is the great communicator (just ask his over 100k twitter followers) who fearlessly challenges his players day in, day out, on and off the court.
John Calipari - Kentucky
Calipari has redefined recruiting by attracting a slew top-10 players since arriving in Lexington. He plays with inexperienced freshmen and loses NBA lottery picks yearly...but he simply reloads and keeps winning. Final Fours, a national championship, and head coaching NBA experience. What is left for Calipari to accomplish?
Tom Izzo - Michigan State
One of those coaches who can beat you with his team, then take your team, and coach them to victory over his guys. Izzo is a winner and one of the greatest of all time. With nine Elite Eights, seven Final Fours, and a national championship under his belt, the proof is in the pudding.
Ranking the best of the best in college basketball.
Mike Krzyzewski - Duke
Where do we start?!?! Too much to write in a small blurb. 1018-310 coaching record with five, yes FIVE, NCAA Championships and three Naismith College Coach of the Year awards! Need we say more?