It’s tough to get any attention as a college hoops coach outside the power conferences. Just because they’re working in comparative obscurity, though, doesn’t mean that the ranks of the mid-major coaches don’t include some outstanding basketball minds.
The fastest-rising star among that group is Virginia Commonwealth wunderkind Shaka Smart. After taking the Rams to their first-ever Final Four in his second season at the helm, Smart has overcome heavy graduation losses to keep his team in the thick of the conference race in 2011-12.
Herein, a closer look at Smart and the rest of the 15 most accomplished coaches guiding mid-major programs this season.