College basketball coaches in the first year of their first head coaching jobs usually are paying their dues and taking their lumps.
They have decided that they are ready to cross over from being an assistant to running their own program.
And usually, that means going through some tough times up front.
- Coach K went 11-14 in his first year at West Point.
- John Calipari put up an mediocre 11-18 in his first go-round at UMass.
- Bill Self was an awful(!) 6-21 in the 93-94 season at ORU.
But not everyone starts off this way.
Here is a list of seven CBB coaches that successfully finished off their initial season as "The Man" and are looking to build off of that success