Last weekend’s Final Four featured a parade of big-name coaches, but not every college hoops coach has the name-recognition factor of a John Calipari or a Rick Pitino. Some of the nation’s best behind-the-bench minds aren’t getting as much credit as they deserve for the achievements they’ve piled up in their careers.
One particularly overlooked success story has been playing out in South Bend, where Mike Brey has turned the Fighting Irish from an afterthought into a consistent Big East contender in his dozen seasons. Competing in the same conference as Pitino, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun makes it tough to garner much attention, but Brey has earned more acclaim than he’s received for the job he’s done at Notre Dame.
Herein, a closer look at Brey and nine more outstanding coaches whose performances have outstripped their notoriety.