Kevin Keats-UNCW, Head Coach
The 2014-2015 season entered in the Kevin Keatts era of Seahawk basketball. That year he doubled their previous season’s win total and made a post season. This season Keatts currently sits atop the CAA and is poised for an NCAA tournament run, a big raise, and/or an exciting new job!
Kermit Davis-Middle Tennessee State, Head Coach
A regular on our rankings for good reason, Davis has already received numerous public votes of confidence from his AD throughout his tenure at Middle Tennessee. Still, the Blue Raider’s all-time winningest coach wants one more crack at the big-time. This might just be the year!
Kelvin Sampson-Houston, Head Coach
Sampson has earned a 513-289 overall record in 26 years as head coach. With 13 NCAA Tournaments he has twice been named National Coach of the Year (AP, NABC) and twice conference COY in two different leagues (Big 8, PAC 10). He has rebuilt Houston in no time. Add to this NBA coaching experience and we are looking at a return to a Power 5 program.
Marvin Menzies-New Mexico State, Head Coach
Already a steal for the money, if New Mexico State looks to continue their winning ways and sixth straight 20-win season (7 total under Menzies in his 9-year tenure) it may cost them a pretty penny.
Russell Turner-UC Irvine, Head Coach
The national media has well documented Turners pedigree, demeanor, and respect. The same traits necessary to be a head coach at the elite level of college basketball. He has shrugged off suitors in the past. Clearly he is awaiting the bigger & better situation to come his way.
Joe Pasternack-Arizona, Assistant Coach
He has Division I head coaching experience and has aligned himself with Sean Miller at Arizona. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Pasternack will be moving on to greener pastures when the right offer comes along.
Rick Stansbury-Texas A&M, Assistant Coach
Stansbury is a winner wherever he goes. Named 2004 AP SEC Coach of the Year, he is also the all-time wins leader at Mississippi State and ninth-winningest coach in SEC history. Stansbury is in his second year with Texas A&M and with such a successful season he may not see a third.
Steve DeMeo-NW Florida (JC), Head Coach
The only non-DI voted into the Top-25, DeMeo is no stranger to conversations about spring jumps. His name has been tossed around for D1 jobs the last several years. His extensive high level DI experience with a JUCO National Championship in 2015 makes him an attractive candidate to make a move. ADs and high major head coaches have their eye on DeMeo and this could be his year to strike!
Steve Forbes-ETSU, Head Coach
Was there any doubt that Forbes would have success sooner than later in his first Division I head coaching job? With a resume ranging from JC to D1 as both assistant and head coach, Forbes has mastered the most important trait; WINNING! He likes ETSU and won’t be looking to leave after one year. But with the buzzards lurking, he stands to get a nice raise after only 12 months on the job.
Ron Sanchez-Virginia, Assistant Coach
This seven year Virginia assistant was recently named associate head coach, yet shies away from the limelight. He just brings his workman-like attitude to John Paul Jones Arena every day and grinds to improve the athletes he mentors. Sanchez will be a name that pops up with several openings this spring.
Jon Coffman-IPFW, Head Coach
Jon Coffman is now in his fifth season at IPFW and second as head coach. With limited resources, he has the best start, and possibly finish, in their history in Division I. The unassuming Coffman is a tactician who should have several opportunities to jump to a mid-major program with a stronger budget.
Steve Pikiell-Stony Brook, Head Coach
Placing Stony Brook on the national map, Pikiell has accomplished a remarkable construction of the Seawolves program. His 2009 Seawolves won the America East regular season title, participating in postseason play for the first time ever. He is on his way to yet another Coach of the Year award in the America East where he currently holds the top seat. The next step is long overdue.
Chris Beard-UALR, Head Coach
Who would have thought Beard would turn around the UALR program so fast? Probably not even Beard! Nevertheless, the coaching fraternity knew it would only be a matter of time because he can coach! Already at 20+ wins (a UALR first since 2008), Beard’s stay in Little Rock may be short lived!
King Rice-Monmouth, Head Coach
Rice has made Monmouth a top mid-major program in just five seasons! With his Tar-heel pedigree and learning the game from the likes of Dean Smith and Kevin Stallings, expect Rice to get some looks this spring from programs in need of a leader who has been through it all, both professional and personally, to preserver and come out on top.
Tim Cluess-Iona, Head Coach
A decorated 20-year coach, Cluess served as head coach at Suffolk CC, LIU Post, and even spent 14 years with St. Mary’s High School. He has won 75% of his games (overall). The Gaels had 20+ wins in Cluess’ first five seasons, the only coach in school history to accomplish that feat. He has Iona making a lot of noise in the northeast and high-major AD’s hear it loud and clear.
Brad Underwood-Stephen F. Austin, Head Coach
With multiple awards under his belt, Underwood has Lumberjacked his way into coaching fame. Through two seasons, he has a record of 61-8; including an upset over No.5 VCU in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Expect Underwood to be a popular name this spring.
Norm Roberts-Kansas, Assistant Coach
Roberts is an established producer guiding and developing his share of future professionals. With head coaching experience and years of successful experience at Kansas, this might be the year that Roberts gets another shot at leading his own program.
Jeff Capel - Duke, AC
Now Coach K’s right-hand-man at Duke, Capel tallied an overall record of 175-110 as a head coach (Oklahoma/VCU) with three NCAA Tournament appearances including an Elite Eight trip in 2008. As the coaching circus pulls into town and starts setting up the carousel, Capel finds himself once again near the front of the line.
Greg Gary-Purdue, Assistant Coach
Greg Gary is now in his fifth season on staff at Purdue and the Boilermaker offensive play-caller has his team clicking on all cylinders going into March. The veteran coach of 20 years has experience as a Division I head coach and has learned from some great teachers. He has what it takes and should have plenty of suitors this offseason.
Dan Majerle-Grand Canyon, Head Coach
“Thunder Dan” is taking college coaching by storm. Majerle has tallied 32 wins in two years at Grand Canyon. A former NBA All Star, it’s no surprise he is having success on the sideline, as well. The charismatic Majerle should be in high demand this spring.
Chris Mack-Xavier, Head Coach
Figuratively speaking Mack has earned an honorary PHD of Basketball Science from his alma-mater. On the heels of perhaps the most successful Xavier seasons ever, fans are elated to have one of their own leading the way. XU administration will pay big bucks to keep Mack in Cincy. Only an elite job and several million dollars will lure him away.
Jerod Haase-UAB, Head Coach
Haase has the pedigree with his Kansas and Carolina bloodlines. Now he has proved that he can build and sustain his own program. And with all of the success he is having at UAB, he never lets it go to his head. The down-to-earth Haase has put himself in position to have choices, and that’s all any coach can ever hope for.
Bryce Drew-Valparaiso, Head Coach
In his fifth season as head coach, the Valparaiso program set a new single-season record with 28 wins (2014-2015). This season, success continues! He has won three Horizon League regular season titles and also is a two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year. Backed with NBA experience and propelled by “the Shot” he is a slam dunk for a high-major program.
Greg Gard-Wisconsin, Interim Head Coach
Regarded as one of the top assistants in college basketball, Gard was named interim head coach at Wisconsin (2015). He’s no stranger to national best-of-the-best rankings; including a 4th place showing on CoachStat.net Top X’s & O’s Assistant Coaches. If Wisconsin brass doesn’t give him the permanent job, rest assure, someone else will.
Archie Miller-Dayton, Head Coach
Basketball is big business at Dayton. Miller is their CEO. Four 20+ win seasons, one Elite 8 one Sweet 16, and all within his first five years as head coach. This expertise is not cheap. The question is not if, but when, Miller decides to jump it will be to a school with deep, deep, deep pockets and a strong support system.
Our national panel of media, scouts, and coaches voted on the top 25 hottest names to make a jump this spring. Panel members considered both lifetime and current success (with current success weighted heavily), pedigree, public opinion, and more.