College basketball players come and go. The coach, however, is the facilitator and face of his basketball program. He recruits, hand-picks the players, draws up the plays and gels a group of very different people into a single, cohesive team.
The best coaches, however, build their basketball programs into a perennial contenders and champions.
In recent years, a handful of these greats have stepped away from the game. They, for the most part, left on good terms and ended their careers as difference makers and builders of basketball programs.
These are a the great coaches that college basketball fans would love to see return to the sidelines.