Jaden Uken - Fordham

The small-town Nebraska native started as a student-manager and made all the stops along the way to a full-time Division I assistant. Unassuming yet intuitive, sit down with him and talk-chalk, and it will become evidently clear that his basketball mind is at an ELITE level.  

Kevin Sutton - Georgetown

A benchmark coach who is as masterful at player development as he is at assisting Coach Thompson with game management; not to mention drills and offensive schemes.   

Bob Cantu- UTEP

There is a reason great basketball minds like Bibby, Floyd, and O’neill hired and kept Cantu on staff, eventually leading him to an interim head coach tag at USC; Plain and simple, this guy is good!!!

Greg Heiar - Wichita State

As his name suggests, he will help take his team to a higher level. While many think of GH as a recruiter, this guys IS a ball-coach! Developing back courts and relating well to players, this former JC head coach has a wealth of knowledge for Gregg Marshall to draw from.

Joe Pasternack - Arizona

Pasternack has built quite a resume, learning from several of the game’s best coaches, with a head coaching stop in between. His attention to detail and analytics makes him one of the premier tacticians on the sidelines. 

Tommy Lloyd - Gonzaga

Lloyd delivers the passion and dedication only someone who once worked for free ever could. His blue collar mentality of “no task is beneath him” is a compelling reason many see him as the coach-in-waiting, should Few decide to move on. 

Darrin Horn - Texas

Identity! Darren has a knack for playing within the constraints of his team and their abilities; enhancing what one does well is a winning strategy. Shaka moved up to the elite level and hired an elite coach.

Mark Downy - IPFW 

One of the most well-rounded basketball coaches at any level. In 10 seasons as a head coach at the NJCAA and NCAA Division II level, Downey amassed a 204-103 record, where 3 of the 4 stops were major rebuilding projects. Downey simply “gets it” and soon he will be running his own program once again; on the big stage.

Travis Steele - Xavier

Rumored to be next in line at the storied Xavier basketball program that has produced many of the top coaches in the country, he would be an absolute Steele as the head coach for any program next season.  


Kevin McKenna - Oregon

This conference coach of the year everywhere he’s been is the only coach in history to win a MVC regular-season title, tournament title, NBA championship and CBA crown. Altman has a gem sitting right beside him!

Brad Soderberg - Virginia

Successful head coach at the D3, D2, and D1 levels, he is back with a Bennett family in Charlottesville, VA.  The five essentials of winning basketball: free throws percentage, rebounds, field goal percentage, turnovers and Brad Soderberg.


Dane Fife - Michigan State

After building a strong foundation at IPFW, Dan decided to take one step back for two steps forward by accepting the teachings of Tom Izzo. One of the top 40 coaches under 40, he has a vibrant future in college basketball.

Chris Caputo - Miami (FL):

Learning from one of the great teachers, Jim Larranaga, Caputo is no longer just the young assistant on staff. He has scratched and clawed his way to become one of the most well respected assistant coaches in the country. Former players, staffers, and anyone close to Larranaga teams brag about Caputo as a fantastic teacher of the game. 


Ron Everhart - West Virginia

Another former head coach, he came into this profession 30 years ago and today he is a 60 year veteran. Known for rebuilding programs has rediscovered his roots in West Virginia.  

Jim Whitesell - Buffalo

D3, D2, D1…Whitesell has tirelessly worked his way up as one of the good guys in the game. From specifics focusing on post development to game adjustments and running practice, he brings a world of knowledge to Buffalo.


Jeff Meyer - Michigan

A true coaches compliment, Jeff heads up the recruiting, leadership, and philosophical aspects at Michigan. Meyer continually builds culture through his WE program, and it's a strong reason why the Wolverines excel! 

Mike Hopkins - Syracuse

I suppose we can still count him as an assistant. But not for much longer, as he has the title of “Coach-in-Waiting.” Primed and ready to succeed his legendary mentor (Boeheim), his enthusiasm is sure to inspire the next great era of Orange basketball. 

Tim Buckley - Indiana

With successful head coaching experience, this Tom Crean aid knows his way around the coaching box. His presence on staff has allowed Crean to be a more active recruiter and ambassador for IU and the state of Indiana.  The Hoosiers won’t miss a beat in the event Crean has another pressing obligation. 

Reggie Witherspoon - Chattanooga

This gentleman's innovative offensive continuity is used by coaches all over the country.  After 14 years as the head coach at University of Buffalo, he is now assisting Matt McCall at Chattanooga. The Mocs will not be an easy team to scout or compete against with Witherspoon on the bench.  


Greg Gary - Purdue

After 15 years as an assistant, Gary got his shot as head coach at Centenary, immediately impacting the downtrodden program.  When administration thought it best to take athletics to Division III he took his basketball IQ back to Duquesne then on to Purdue; where he has helped the Boilermakers climb the rungs of the Big 10. It won’t be long before GG is again running his own program.

Greg Gard - Wisconsin

No one can do everything in basketball on his own and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan is no different. Game planning, scouting, recruiting, offense and more, Greg Gard has made valuable contributions to Bo Ryan's program. Will the Badgers be Gard’s team in the near future???

Larry Davis - Cincinnati 

Known for his masterful in-game coaching by diagraming plays that get great looks out of time-outs and assisting Cronin with adjustments throughout each contest, this All-American developer will not remain an assistant much longer.

Rob Ehsan - UAB

This complete coach was elevated from a volunteer GA to a full-time assistant at Maryland by 25. Recognized for his advanced basketball IQ, the now associate head coach at UAB has become one of the best in the country. Haase will make no bones about it, Ehsan can flat coach! Several Division I Athletic Directors have come calling, however, Ehsan will wait for the right fit.


Stan Jones - Florida State 

Leonard Hamilton’s right-hand-man since his days at Miami, Stan Jones epitomizes the X&O coach on the staff.  Next time the Seminoles are on TV, check out who runs the timeouts!  An impressive basketball mind. 


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Bobby Lutz - NC State

A former extremely successful head coach at Charlotte, he spent a year helping Hoiberg acclimate to coaching the college game before returning to his native North Carolina to become Gottfried’s top aid at NC State. Known in coaching circles as a true intellect, his impact on the Wolfpack bench has been immeasurable. 

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