Bret Campbell - Chipola, NJCAA D1

New to the small college level, but certainly not new to running his own program. Campbell, a long time Division I assistant and former UT Martin head coach has a complete grasp of the game and how to teach it. 

Bill Muse - Connors State NJCAA DI

His experience at the D1 level as an assistant to programs all over the south is tantamount to the fast-paced offense and a tough defense he applies at Conners State.  He has done a terrific job assembling talent and making that talent work hard, and work together.  

John Meeks - Wallace State, NJCAA D1

Meeks’ old school approach of attention to detail and accountability has won him respect among his players, and quite a few games. Drop by Wallace, Alabama some afternoon and you will see this isn’t your run-of-the-mill juco practice. These guys are competing! 

Shaun Vandiver - Emporia State, NCAA DII

A long time Division I assistant, Vandiver has breathed life back into Emporia State! A phenomenal teacher of fundamentals, his guys will run through a brick wall for Coach V. The reason being, he doesn’t ask them to do anything he hasn’t done himself.  He knows how to get on their level and make them want to compete! 

Ron DuBois - UC Santa Cruz, NCAA DIII

Still in his 30s, this well-respected tactician has coaching experience at all levels; NBA, NCAA Division I,II, & III, FIBA, and the list goes on.  His basketball IQ is off the charts, while his ability to teach the game at any level is extraordinary.  

Ryan Marks - St. Francis (IL) NAIA DII

Known for building programs, basketball has taken Ryan Marks all over the country. NBA, D1, D2, etc, this journeyman can really coach.  Now at the NAIA Division II level, you can expect St. Francis to play for championships throughout his tenure, however long that may be. 

Jim Crutchfield – West Liberty NCAA DII

With an emphases on understanding, every note is taken and stored exclusively between the ears. The fastest D2 coach ever to reach the 300-win plateau, his career record of 300-53 (.850) is the highest winning percentage in college basketball history among coaches who have spent at least 10 seasons as a head coach; a mark higher than coaching icons such as Adolph Rupp and John Wooden.

Josh Schertz - Lincoln Memorial NCAA DII

One of the younger head coaches in the country, Schertz is wise beyond his years in basketball knowledge and game management. He has also figured out how to convince talented recruits to sign up to live in Harrogate, TN, population 4324. His career .796 winning percentage is better than that of Roy Williams, John Calipari, or Mike Krzyzewski.

Dr. Dave Holmquist - Biola-NAIA DI

Only the eighth college basketball coach ever to hit 900 career wins, Dr. Holmquist is not the type to show much emotion.  As the eighth winningest coach in college basketball history he is hot on the trail of living legend Bobby Knight.


Greg Clink - Chico State, NCAA DII

Clink is a coach’s coach who has a special gift for teaching toughness and getting his teams to play hard. He has built Chico State into a consistent winner and a foe that no opposing coaches enjoy playing against. Like a Boy Scout, he and his teams are always prepared!

Randy Lambert - Maryville, NCAA DIII

Throughout his career, Lambert has demonstrated ability and integrity, winning not only 600+ games, but most importantly the respect and admiration of his colleagues, student-athletes, and community. Backed by his winning consistency and up-tempo style of play he is both lion and Lambert. 


Steve Hesser - Drury, NCAA DII

After a very successful high school coaching career, Hesser, as calm as ever, posted an 80-17 combined record with three Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division titles, three D2 tourney trips, two GLVC Championships, two Midwest Regional titles, two Elite Eight appearances and one D2 national championship. Now that’s called making adjustments! 

Scott Trost - Lewis, NCAA DII

Scott has a passion for coaching and basketball that is visible on and off the court. The same appetite drives his players as evidenced by the 15 All-GLVC performers, five All-Region players, four GLVC All-Defensive Team selections, two GLVC All-Tournament honorees, two GLVC Freshmen of the Year and one All-American. The Flyers have had at least one All-GLVC performer in each of Trost’s nine seasons.


Jay Herkelman - Coffeyville CC, NJCAA DI

Herkelman has won 424 games, more than any men's coach in the historic Jayhawk Conference. He has also won six Region VI titles (all in the last 10 years), and 10 Jayhawk East titles. He has been pursued by many suiters but knows he has a great thing going in Coffeyville.

Ralph Hodge - Olivet Nazarene, NAIA DII

Coach Hodge is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ 700-win club, one of only five other active NAIA coaches. He ranks third on the all-time list for NAIA Division 2.  His storied 37 year career has only known 4 losing seasons. 


Paul Peck- Lindsey Wilson, NAIA D1

Peck enters his 39th season coaching at the college level (29th as a head coach) and boasts over 500 wins. All of those years under his belt and he still works the job with the passion of a 25 year old assistant coach.  

Scott Davenport - Bellarmine University, NCAA DII

Assistant to two of the greats at Louisville: Patino and Crum; its no wonder Davenport has completely turned Belleramie on its head after taking the helm in 2005. He led the Knights to 232 wins, Division II semifinal appearances in three of the last five years, and brought a national championship to the once lifeless program.

Jared Phay - College of Southern Idaho, NJCAA D1

What Phay did with the lowest budget in the league at North Idaho was nothing short of remarkable.  Now he’s been given much more ammunition due-south at Southern Idaho so LOOK OUT!  One of the best young coaches at any level!

Mark Edwards - Washington University St. Louis NCAA DIII

Having posted a 627-273 (.697) overall record in his 34 years Edwards earned D3 National Coach of the Year honors three times in 2002, 2008, 2009. He has guided WashU to the 2008 and 2009 D3 National Championships and ranks sixth in active wins by a D3 head coach and 12th in all-time NCAA D3 wins.


Lennie Acuff – Huntsville-NCAA DII

Acuff has garnered attention from D1 schools in years past; with good reason. This hometown hero has directed the Chargers to four Gulf South Conference East Division titles, advanced to the GSC Tournament 11 times, the NCAA Tournament five times and posted five 20-win seasons.

Rocky Lamar – Mid America Nazarene, NAIA D1

This Hall of Fame coach has enjoyed a highlight reel career that includes 662 victories, 18 National Tournament appearances, 13 Sweet Sixteens, 10 Elite Eight appearances, 5 Fab Four appearances (including 4 straight from 06-09), 1 National Runner-Up (2001), and 1 National Championship (2007); all at one school. One word...IMPRESSIVE! 

Dip Metress – Georgia Regents, NCAA DII

Metress boasts a resume just as strong as his booming voice, consisting of too many accolades to list in this limited space but include CVAC Coach Of The Year, 2001-02, and NABC Southeast Region Coach Of The Year, 2008-09.

Steve Moore – Wooster, NCAA DIII

With 706 wins, he is considered to be one of the most successful coaches in Division III history. This intense coach on the court is a rather unassuming gentleman off of it; always willing to step up and take a charge for his players; literally and figuratively. 


Bob Semling – WI- Stevens Point, NCAA DIII

In 10 seasons he has led the Pointers program to two D3 national championships in 2010 and 2015, while compiling an overall record of 242-54. His .818 career winning percentage is the highest among active D3 coaches. Semling was the 2015 NABC, UPS, and NCAA, D3 Coach of the Year.


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Grey Giovanine – Augustana, NCAA DIII

In his 17 year career at the D3 level, Giovanine compiled 226 wins and 93 losses for a percentage of .708. Among said wins are conference championships in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. The three year run from 2006-08 marked the first time in 28 years that any CCIW program captured three straight outright titles.

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