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EXCLUSIVE RANKING OF THE TOP COACHES
by Clark Francis, Editor & Publisher of the HOOP SCOOP

Published March 11, 2012

RANKING OF THE TOP 50 HEAD COACHES IN THE COLLEGE GAME TODAY

Rank Head Coach Team Conference Final Four Appearances NCAA Championships
1. Mike Krzyzewski Duke Atlantic Coast Conference 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010
2. Jim Calhoun Connecticut Big East Conference 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011 1999, 2004, 2011
3. John Calipari Kentucky Southeastern Conference 1996, 2008, 2011 -----
4. Roy Williams North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009 2005, 2009
5. Rick Pitino Louisville Big East Conference 1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2005 1996
6. Bill Self Kansas Big-12 Conference 2008 2008
7. Jim Boeheim Syracuse Big East Conference 1987, 1996, 2003 2003
8. Tom Izzo Michigan State Big-10 Conference 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 2000
9. Bobby Huggins West Virginia Big East Conference 1992, 2010 -----
10. Billy Donovan Florida Southeastern Conference 2000, 2006, 2007 2006, 2007
11. Bo Ryan Wisconsin Big-10 Conference ----- -----
12. Sean Miller Arizona Pacific-12 Conference ----- ------
13. Brad Stevens Butler Horizon League 2010, 2011 -----
14. Tubby Smith Minnesota Big-10 Conference 1998 1998
15. Scott Drew Baylor Big-12 Conference  ------ -----
16. Mike Brey Notre Dame Big East Conference ----- -----
17. Mike Montgomery California Pacific-12 Conference 1998 -----
18. Lon Kruger Oklahoma Big-12 Conference 1994 -----
19. Jim Larranaga Miami-FL Atlantic Coast Conference 2006 -----
20. Rick Majerus Saint Louis Atlantic-10 Conference 1998 -----
21. Thad Matta Ohio State Big-10 Conference 2007 -----
22. Lorenzo Romar Washington Pacific-12 Conference ----- -----
23. John Thompson III Georgetown Big East Conference 2007 -----
24. Rick Barnes Texas Big-12 Conference 2003 -----
25. Ben Howland UCLA Pacific-12 Conference 2006, 2007, 2008 -----
26. Kevin Stallings Vanderbilt Southeastern Conference ----- -----
27. Jamie Dixon Pittsburgh Big East Conference ----- -----
28. Dave Rose Brigham Young West Coast Conference ------ -----
29. Tom Crean Indiana Big-10 Conference 2003 -----
30. Matt Painter Purdue Big-10 Conference ------ -----
31. Mike Anderson Arkansas Southeastern Conference ----- -----
32. Leonard Hamilton Florida State Atlantic Coast Conference ----- ------
33. Jay Wright Villanova Big East Conference 2009 -----
34. Shaka Smart Virginia Commonwealth Colonial Athletic Association 2011 -----
35. Bill Carmody Northwestern Big-10 Conference ------ -----
36. Mark Few Gonzaga West Coast Conference ------ -----
37. Steve Alford New Mexico Mountain West Conference ----- -----
38. Steve Fisher San Diego State Mountain West Conference ----- ------
39. Fran Dunphy Temple Atlantic-10 Conference ----- ------
40. John Beilein Michigan Big-10 Conference  ----- -----
41. Mark Turgeon Maryland Atlantic Coast Conference ----- -----
42. Tony Bennett Virginia Atlantic Coast Conference ------ -----
43. Randy Bennett St. Mary's West Coast Conference ----- ------
44. Buzz Williams Marquette Big East Conference ----- -----
45. Fran McCaffery Iowa Big-10 Conference ----- -----
46. Dana Altman Oregon Pacific-12 Conference ----- -----
47. Tim Floyd UTEP Conference USA ----- -----
48. Frank Haith Missouri Big-12 Conference ----- -----
49. Mark Gottfried N.C. State Atlantic Coast Conference ----- -----
50. Larry Eustachy Southern Miss Conference USA ----- -----

 

RANKING OF THE 30 HEAD COACHES WHO ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR CAREER AND HAVE POTENTIAL TO MOVE ONTO OUR LIST OF THE TOP 50 HEAD COACHES IN THE GAME TODAY
(Must have been a head coach more than five years, but not more than 20 years at the Division I level)

Rank Head Coach School Conference
1. Mick Cronin Cincinnati Big East Conference
2. Tommy Amaker Harvard Ivy League
3. Gregg Marshall Wichita State Missouri Valley Conference
4. Steve Lavin St. John's Big East Conference
5. Blaine Taylor Old Dominion Colonial Athletic Association
6. Greg McDermott Creighton Missouri Valley Conference
7. Rick Stansbury Mississippi State Southeastern Conference
8. Mark Fox Georgia Southeastern Conference
9. Paul Hewitt George Mason Colonial Athletic Association
10. Anthony Grant Alabama Southeastern Conference
11. Chris Mooney Richmond Atlantic-10 Conference
12. Dan Monson Long Beach State Big West Conference
13. Stan Heath South Florida Big East Conference
14. Phil Martelli St. Joseph's Atlantic-10 Conference
15. Brad Brownell Clemson Atlantic Coast Conference
16. Johnny Jones North Texas Sun Belt Conference
17. Keith Dambrot Akron Mid-American Conference
18. Kermit Davis Middle Tennessee State Sun Belt Conference
19. Brian Gregory Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast Conference
20. Ed Cooley Providence Big East Conference
21. Steve Donahue Boston College Atlantic Coast Conference
22. Gary Waters Cleveland State Horizon League
23. Ron Everhart Duquesne Atlantic-10 Conference
24. Larry Shyatt Wyoming Mountain West Conference
25. Max Good Loyola-Marymount West Coast Conference
26. Mike Lonergan George Washington Atlantic-10 Conference
27. Wayne Tinkle Montana Big Sky Conference
28. Bob Williams UC-Santa Barbara Big West Conference
29. James "Bruiser" Flint Drexel Atlantic-10 Conference
30. Steve Pikiell Stony Brook America East Conference

 

RANKING OF THE TOP 30 UP-AND-COMING HEAD COACHES IN THE COLLEGE GAME TODAY
(Must have been a head coach five years or less at the Division I level)

Rank Head Coach School Conference
1. Steve Prohm Murray State Ohio Valley Conference
2. Josh Pastner Memphis Conference USA
3. Chris Mack Xavier Atlantic-10 Conference
4. Dave Rice UNLV Mountain West Conference
5. Fred Hoiberg Iowa State Big-12 Conference
6. Danny Hurley Wagner Northeast Conference
7. Ray Harper Western Kentucky Sun Belt Conference
8. Johnny Dawkins Stanford Pacific-12 Conference
9. David Carter Nevada Western Athletic Conference
10. Frank Martin Kansas State Big-12 Conference
11. Pat Knight Lamar Southland Conference
12. Marvin Menzies New Mexico State Western Athletic Conference
13. Donnie Tyndall Morehead State Ohio Valley Conference
14. Ben Jacobson Northern Iowa Missouri Valley Conference
15. Mike Rice Rutgers Big East Conference
16. Archie Miller Dayton Atlantic-10 Conference
17. Tim Cluess Iona Metro Atlantic Conference
18. Sean Woods Mississippi Valley State Southwestern Athletic Conference
19. Dave Paulsen Bucknell Patriot League
20. Cuonzo Martin Tennessee Southeastern Conference
21. Tom Moore Quinnipiac Northeast Conference
22. Kevin Willard Seton Hall Big East Conference
23. John Groce Ohio University Mid-American Conference
24. Tom Herrion Marshall Conference USA
25. Sydney Johnson Fairfield Colonial Athletic Association
26. Steve Masiello Manhattan Metro Atlantic Conference
27. Rob Senderoff Kent State Mid-American Conference
28. Brett Reed Lehigh Patriot League
29. Wes Miller UNC-Greensboro Southern Conference
30. John Becker Vermont America East Conference

 

RANKING OF THE TOP 100 ASSISTANT COACHES IN THE COLLEGE GAME TODAY
(Must be an assistant coach in one of the top 10 conferences at the Division I level)

Rank Assistant Coach School Conference
1. Joe Dooley Kansas Big-12 Conference
1. John Pelphrey Florida Southeastern Conference
1. Norm Roberts Florida Southeastern Conference
4. Russell Springmann Texas Big-12 Conference
5. Mike Hopkins Syracuse Big East Conference
6. Steve Wojciechowski Duke Atlantic Coast Conference
7. Kurtis Townsend Kansas Big-12 Conference
8. Butch Pierre Oklahoma State Big-12 Conference
9. Jeff Capel Duke Atlantic Coast Conference
10. Bobby Lutz N.C. State Atlantic Coast Conference
11. Larry Harrison West Virginia Big East Conference
12. Mike Dunlap St. John's Big East Conference
13. Scott Spinelli Maryland Atlantic Coast Conference
14. Tony Benford Marquette Big East Conference
15. Scott Duncan Wyoming Mountain West Conference
16. Stan Jones Florida State Atlantic Coast Conference
17. Jay John California Pacific-12 Conference
18. Steve Robinson North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference
19. Craig Neal New Mexico Mountain West Conference
20. Brian Dutcher San Diego State Mountain West Conference
21. Bob Cantu USC Pacific-12 Conference
22. Chris Collins Duke Atlantic Coast Conference
23. Steve Roccaforte South Florida Big East Conference
24. Chris Pompay Seton Hall Big East Conference
25. Ritchie McKay Virginia Atlantic Coast Conference
26. Orlando Antigua Kentucky Southeastern Conference
27. Melvin Watkins Arkansas Southeastern Conference
28. Joe Pasternack Arizona Pacific-12 Conference
29. Orlando Early N.C. State Atlantic Coast Conference
30. Rob Lanier Texas Big-12 Conference
31. Tony Stubblefield Oregon Pacific-12 Conference
32. Dave Dickerson Ohio State Big-10 Conference
33. Ron Jirsa Minnesota Big-10 Conference
34. Andre LaFleur Providence Big East Conference
35. Jeff Battle Wake Forest Atlantic Coast Conference
36. Chris Walker Texas Tech Big-12 Conference
37. Rob Moxley N.C. State Atlantic Coast Conference
38. Tom Abatemarco Colorado Big-12 Conference
39. Sherman Dillard Iowa Big-10 Conference
40. Jerome Tang Baylor Big-12 Conference
41. Vince Taylor Minnesota Big-10 Conference
42. Phil Cunningham Mississippi State Southeastern Conference
43. Rob Evans Texas Christian Conference USA
44. Kevin Ollie Connecticut Big East Conference
45. Phil Mathews UCLA Pacific-12 Conference
46. James Johnson Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast Conference
47. Greg Gard Wisconsin Big-10 Conference
48. Robert Kirby Georgetown Big East Conference
49. Richard Pitno Louisville Big East Conference
50. Dalonte Hill Maryland Atlantic Coast Conference
51. Steve Henson Oklahoma Big-12 Conference
52. Anthony Solomon Notre Dame Big East Conference
53. Billy Schmidt Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast Conference
54. David Duke Temple Atlantic-10 Conference
55. Larry Davis Cincinnati Big East Conference
56. Tim Buckley Indiana Big-10 Conference
57. Jorge Fernandez Marshall Conference USA
58. Glynn Cyprien Texas A&M Big-12 Conference
59. Tony Chiles St. John's Big East Conference
60. Kenny Payne Kentucky Southeastern Conference
61. Pete Strickland George Washington Atlantic-10 Conference
62. Justin Hutson UNLV Mountain West Conference
63. Chris Ferguson Oklahoma State Big-12 Conference
64. Van Macon Rutgers Big East Conference
65. Chris Caputo Miami-FL Atlantic Coast Conference
66. Doug Stewart Oregon State Pacific-12 Conference
67. Tony Matlock Auburn Southeastern Conference
68. Greg Gary Purdue Big-10 Conference
69. Raphael Chillious Washington Pacific-12 Conference
70. Aki Collins Marquette Big East Conference
71. Dino Presley Marshall Conference USA
72. David Duda St. Joseph's Atlantic-10 Conference
73. Philip Pearson Georgia Southeastern Conference
74. Jim Shaw Washington Pacific-12 Conference
75. Tony Pujol Alabama Southeastern Conference
76. Kareem Richardson Xavier Atlantic-10 Conference
77. Shawn Finney Central Florida Conference USA
78. Danny Manning Kansas Big-12 Conference
79. Brian Fish Oregon Pacific-12 Conference
80. Tom Ostrom Dayton Atlantic-10 Conference
81. Kenya Hunter Georgetown Big East Conference
82. Emanuel Richardson Arizona Pacific-12 Conference
83. Greg Gottlieb California Pacific-12 Conference
84. Alvin Brooks Houston Conference USA
85. Geoff Arnold St. Joseph's Atlantic-10 Conference
86. Billy Lange Villanova Big East Conference
87. Steve Hall Duquesne Atlantic-10 Conference
88. Milt Wagner Auburn Southeastern Conference
89. Kevin Keats Louisville Big East Conference
90. Kevin McGeehan Richmond Atlantic-10 Conference
91. Doug Novsek Nevada Western Athletic Conference
92. Stacey Palmore Georgia Southeastern Conference
93. Jean Prioleau Colorado Big-12 Conference
94. Darren Savino Cincinnati Big East Conference
95. Dan Muller Vanderbilt Southeastern Conference
96. Bill Barton Pittsburgh Big East Conference
97. Adam Ginsberg Massachusetts Atlantic-10 Conference
98. Lew Hill Oklahoma Big-12 Conference
99. Harris Adler La Salle Atlantic-10 Conference
100. Ulric Maligi Houston Conference USA

 

RANKING OF THE TOP 50 ASSISTANT COACHES AT THE MID-TO-LOW DIVISION I LEVEL
 (Must be an assistant coach at a school not in one of the top 10 conferences at the Division I level)

Rank Assistant Coach School Conference
1. Wayne Morgan Hofstra Colonial Athletic Association
2. Donny Daniels Gonzaga West Coast Conference
3. Eric Brown Long Beach State Big West Conference
4. Mike Rhodes Virginia Commonwealth Colonial Athletic Association
5. Derek Thomas Detroit Horizon League
6. Steve DeMeo Hofstra Colonial Athletic Association
7. Roland Houston George Mason Colonial Athletic Association
8. Jim Corrigan Old Dominion Colonial Athletic Association
9. Matthew Graves Butler Horizon League
10. Pat Sellers Hofstra Colonial Athletic Association
11. Jared Grasso Iona Metro Atlantic Conference
12. Sean Doherty Quinnipiac Northeast Conference
13. Steve Merfeld Creighton Missouri Valley Conference
14. Nikita Johnson Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt Conference
15. Mike Boyd East Tennessee State Atlantic Sun Conference
16. Jake Morton Western Kentucky Sun Belt Conference
17. Dan Leibovitz Pennsylvania Ivy League
18. Mike Wolf Portland West Coast Conference
19. Bob Simmons Ball State Mid-American Conference
20. Ken Blakeney Harvard Ivy League
21. Rodney Tention San Diego West Coast Conference
22. Matt Hahn Robert Morris Northeast Conference
23. Jason Levy Loyola-Marymount West Coast Conference
24. Bill Foy North Texas Sun Belt Conference
25. Kevin Baggett Rider Metro Athletic Conference
26. Kurt Kanaskie Navy Patriot League
27. Phil Martelli Jr Delaware Colonial Athletic Association
28. Gus Hauser Wofford Southern Conference
29. Jay Young Stony Brook America East Conference
30. Tony Newsome Fairfield Metro Atlantic Conference
31. Ashley Howard Drexel Colonial Athletic Association
32. Brion Dunlap Holy Cross Patriot League
33. Mike Burns San Diego West Coast Conference
34. Dane Fischer Bucknell Patriot League
35. Jim McCarthy Northeastern Colonial Athletic Association
36. Curtis Wilson Boston University America East
37. Brian Earl Princeton Ivy League
38. Scott Waterman Cal State-Fullerton Big West Conference
39. Ben Luber Rider Metro Athletic Conference
40. Derrick Daniels UT-Arlington Southland Conference
41. Mike Farrelly Niagara Metro Atlantic Conference
42. Curtis Wilson Boston University America East Conference
43. Darren Kohne Central Michigan Mid-American Conference
44. Kevin Bromley UC-Santa Barbara Big West Conference
45. Darryl Sharp Hampton Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
46. G.G. Smith Loyola-Maryland Metro Atlantic Conference
47. Joseph Price Lamar Southland Conference
48. Mike Blaine Cornell Ivy  League
49. Josh Loeffler Lafayette Patriot League
50. Dustin Kerns Santa Clara West Coast Conference