Obviously, Connecticut's Kevin Ollie is first and foremost on the list.
Four years ago, Ollie was still playing point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played four years for Jim Calhoun back in the early 1990s, and he was Calhoun's assistant coach for just two years before taking over the program in advance of the tournament-ineligible 2012-13 season.
Then, at 41 years of age and in his first year as a head coach of a team that could compete in the NCAA tournament, he went ahead and won the darn thing.
Ollie coaches with a tenacity unlike any other, often looking like he's more prepared to check into the game than anyone else on the sideline.
Iowa State has another young'n on the sidelines who used to play guard in the NBA. Fred Hoiberg—73 days older than Ollie—has been coaching for the Cyclones for the past four seasons. Were it not for an injury that ended Georges Niang's season, Iowa State may have beaten Connecticut in the Sweet 16 to instead be the team that won it all on Monday night.
Elsewhere, Danny Manning (47) still qualifies as a young guy in his profession. In his second season at Tulsa, Manning brought the Golden Hurricane back from a 4-9 start to make the tournament for the first time in more than a decade.
Wake Forest announced on Friday that it had hired Manning to become the head coach of its basketball team. It's been a rough couple of years for the Demon Deacons, but they are in good hands. It sure will be fun to see how well Manning does on the recruiting trail while coaching a few miles away from Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams.
Last but not least, we're reaching the upper limits of the word "young" by heralding the job of Stanford's Johnny Dawkins (50) in this year's tournament. This was Dawkins' sixth season with Stanford and the Cardinal's first dance during that stretch, so he was firmly entrenched on the hot seat before beating New Mexico and Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16.
With the success those coaches had this season and floor generals like Steve Nash, Derek Fisher and Ray Allen bound to be hanging up their sneakers in the near future, we'll see if schools start fully embracing the idea of hiring recent NBA players as opposed to long-time assistants.