The most memorable moments in NCAA tournament history revolve around players. From Christian Laettner's late-game heroics to Carmelo Anthony's freshman foray, the guys with the ball in their hands at the end of contests often become the face of national title runs.
However, it's important to remember these hardwood heroes were attached at the hip with premier head coaches during those championship chases. A floor general will find it hard to operate without a great leader on the sidelines diagramming plays and maximizing the potential of his rotation.
Those are the men we focus on here. The coaches currently embarking on yet another NCAA tourney journey are not created equal, but they've each enjoyed success at the highest level of college hoops.
Our list includes Hall of Fame inductees and young up-and-comers who seem destined to eventually take up the mantle as the game's greats once their older contemporaries decide to step aside. We had to leave off a number of coaches who deserve recognition (Shaka Smart, Bo Ryan and John Thompson III to name a few), but that only illustrates the depth of exceptional coaches currently competing for the 2013 NCAA championship.
Here's a look at the best of the bunch in this year's bracket.