Greg Kampe - Oakland
In 1984 when Kampe stepped on campus a tradition was born. Growing Oakland from D2 to a DI contender, Kempe has a career 535 wins, all at Oakland. One school, 30 years.The 4 time Summit League coach of the year is also an established producer. Twenty-seven of his players have gone on to play professionally worldwide.
Tony Shaver, William & Mary
Well known in college basketball circles, Shaver makes a living doing with less at a “mid or low-major” school with difficult admissions. But make no mistake the guy can coach. Twice recognized as CAA coach of the year, he holds 9 total championships. There is still a very high celling on what this 30 plus year veteran can do in coaching.
King Rice - Monmouth
A project five years in the making Rice has built his team based on guard play, length and rebounding. Add to that high energy from both the court and the bench. It’s a blend that would work well with his former coaches 4 corners scheme. The key now is consistency for this Dean Smith disciple
Rob Senderoff - Kent State
In his fifth year as head coach of the Golden Flashes Senderoff should reach 100-wins in the coming weeks. From recruiting to offensive scheming, the hands-on Sendoff has made the most out of his return to Kent, Ohio. In an ever-improving Mid-American Conference, Senderoff has many more wins up his sleeve.
Jeff Jones - ODU
In his twenty-four years as head coach Jones has seven NCAA appearances. The 2008 appearance marked American Universities first ever trip. Jones also has two NIT appearances with an NIT Championship in 1992 (Virginia). In 2002 he was named Patriot League Coach of the Year.
Leon Rice - Boise State
Lots of programs around the country look to emulate the Gonzaga model. Boise State was so committed they hired then Zags assistant Rice. Most importantly the roads had already been built as Boise State could be referred to as the Gonzaga of football. So far it has worked out for everyone with four 20 win seasons in his 6 years and new Mountain West home.
Dan Muller - Illinois State
Muller has shown tremendous promise as a young head coach (39). Poised to win the conference in just his fourth year the Kevin Stallings prodigy has many more years to grow himself and his team.
Mike Lonergan - George Washington
Lonergan has successfully tapped one of the most culturally diverse cities to bring in the international students. But he finds the balance by also recruiting in his backyard. As a DC area native, he seems the perfect hire. Success breeds success and what he has accomplished at the D3 level (seven straight regular-season conference championships) and on the recruiting trail is showing now at GW.
Larry Shyatt - Wyoming
The former WAC coach of the year (1998) had Wyoming dancing last year for the first time in over a decade. Pryor to Wyoming, Shyatt led Clemson to the NIT championship game losing by 1. The top 10 defensive head coach as an overall winning record of 173-143.
Tim Floyd - UTEP
From college to the professionals, from the NBA to Conference USA, Floyd’s career path has taken many twists and turns. Now back where it all started in west Texas the former Don Haskins assistant is finding stability. Scratch that, Floyd is stability; as a game coach, scout and preparing for the opposition, as a promoter, communicator and recruiter.
Chris Beard - Arkansas-Little Rock
Little Rock Arkansas has become a hotbed for college basketball. Featuring new recruits, transfers, with some retainers from the previous team, it’s an environment with players playing for each other. It’s an identity Beard has instilled in all his teams and an accountability that simply works…22 times this year alone and counting.
Russell Turner - UC Irvine
After a stint in the NBA Turner has returned to the college game in a big way (assembling the tallest team in NCAA). He led UCI to the DI NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the first time in team history. With Turner the expectations are clear. His team will exceed expectations in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.
Bryce Drew - Valpo
The “son” rises! As the son of a coach, he learned to be detail oriented and precise yet still comfortable at an early age. Traits which earned him Horizon League COY honors (2015). Now in the office that was his father’s before him, and a record of 115-46 overall, Bryce has merged experience with wisdom and the result is far from finished.
Keith Dambrot - Akron
Live, high-energy, practices that keep players moving and drives wins…in bunches. It’s a philosophy that has worked well for Dambrot. He has an innate understanding of personnel and exactly what works for his program. Dambrot is one of the nation’s most underrated coaches.
Kermit Davis - Middle Tennessee
Davis had his first head coaching job at 28 (Idaho). Now, able to finally realize the success of a major building project from scratch, he led MTSU to three consecutive regular season championships (2012, 2013, 2014), a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and a trip to NIT in 2012. Still the best is yet to come as this could be the year he captures the all illusive Conference USA Tournament championship.
Dave Rose - BYU
What's in a name? This multiple time conference coach of the year winner and national COY nominee has lifted the house of BYU to unprecedented power in college basketball. This guy has not only battled some of the challenges that come with BYU, but health issues only to come back stronger.
Larry Eustachy - Colorado State
Eustachy is also no stranger to winning; as his eight championships in three leagues (Big Sky, Big West, Big 12) will confirm. Guided predominantly by passion, the defensive –minded coach teaches mental toughness; a philosophy that has worked the majority of his career.
Bob McKillop - Davidson
A 43 year coaching veteran; one college; a 5th place ranking on CoachStat.net’s Top X’s &O’s coach; Stephen Curry. Need we say more?
Phil Martelli - St. Joes
A straight shooting community coach leading the NCAA committee on ethics (not to mention one time NABC president) this long time hawk has flown high and low. As head coach he displays, 6 conference championships, 1 sweet 16, and 1 elite 8. He has been recognized 8 times nationally for being the best in the business by both constituents and the media.
Will Wade - VCU
The Havoc remains in Richmond. Will Wade’s relentless rams rank right up there with Press Virginia. The ability to connect with students and the community as a former assistant coupled with his intelligence, work ethic, and obvious knowledge of the game; Wade and VCU are set up for long term success.
Steve Fisher – San Diego State
Fisher made the move from ice cold Michigan to sunny San Diego and it has proven to be a healthy one…for body, soul, and professional success. You don’t build an SDSU program with only 4 wins overall the year before to national prominence and a 358-192 record overall in 17 years without knowing what you are doing on the court.
Randy Bennett - St. Mary’s
Carl Clapp (St. Mary’s Athletic director in 2001) might as well have coined the phrase” keep calm- hire a life coach”. Bennett has been just that to the St. Mary’s basketball program. One coach, for life, trapping all the tensions of a basketball program within his four office walls. Without a losing season during his 14 year tenure, Bennett is an ad’s dream.
Ben Jacobson - Northern Iowa
There have been numerous career highs for Jacobson in route to becoming the all-time wins leader in UNI Men's basketball history. His team ran to the Sweet Sixteen in ‘09-‘10 . Just last season they enjoyed their highest ranking in school history (10 AP and 9 Coaches Poll); a year that also included a victory over a top ranked team (UNC).
Jerod Haase - UAB
Noted as a family first, will do anything for his players guy, and a strong X’s and O’s coach, Haase is winning the nation over on and off the court. With an eye for the bigger picture, he is not interested in anything short of competing with the best in the nation; running with the big boys who brought him up (Roy Williams-UNC, Kansas).
Archie Miller - Dayton
A story of destiny and determination, the youngest of the Miller hierarchy was born to basketball brilliance. He led the Flyers to their first NCAA Elite 8 appearance since 1984. No surprise to see him continue the family tradition of success flying to the top of our list.
Our national panel of media, scouts,and coaches voted on the top Mid Major Head Coaches relative to recruiting success, practice/game planning and management, community service and more.
**Gregg Marshall and Mark Few withstanding