A Look at The Most High Profile Coaches In College This Year

Straight Outta V-TownCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2017

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Duke: Mike Krzyzewski (since 1980) is one of the greatest college coaches of all time. It's business as usual this year. He has passed up many opportunities to coach in the NBA. Well known alumni include Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Johnny Dawkins, Bobby Hurley, Trajan Langdon, Chris Duhon, Jay Williams, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Will Avery, Luol Deng, Dahntay Jones, Danny Ferry, Daniel Ewing, Gerald Henderson, JJ Redick, Shelden Williams, Shavlik Randolph, Cherokee Parks, Greg Paulus, Josh McRoberts, and DeMarcus Nelson.

Maryland: Gary Williams (since 1989) is an old-school coach who has 1 title in 2002. He was on the hot seat last season after mediocre performance in recent years. Well-known players he coached include Steve Francis, Juan Dixon, Chris Wilcox, Laron Profit, Joe Smith, Walt Williams, Steve Blake, Lonny Baxter, and Terence Morris.

North Carolina: Roy Williams (since 2003) made Kansas a powerhouse and revived the Tar Heels program by winning 2 championships. Well-known players who played under him at UNC include Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton, Sean May, Jawad Williams, Marvin Williams, Danny Green, Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Brandan Wright.

Georgia Tech: Paul Hewitt (since 2000) led G-Tech all the way to the finals in 2004. He has been on the hot seat for the past couple of years due to underwhelming performance. Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Will Bynum, BJ Elder, Anthony Morrow, Thaddeus Young, Mario West, Javaris Crittenton, and Luke Schenscher all played uner him.

Boston College: Al Skinner (since 1997) made Boston College a formidable team. Craig Smith, Jared Dudley, Troy Bell, and Sean Williams played under him.

Florida State: Leonard Hamilton (since 2002) was a successful coach at Miami before bolting for the NBA's Washington Wizards for one year. He has enjoyed some success at Florida State. Al Thornton played under him.

North Carolina State: Sidney Lowe (since 2006) had no college coaching experience before NC State. He was the head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies and served as assistant coach in many different NBA teams. He is on the hot seat.

Atlantic 10

St. Joseph's: Phil Martelli (since 1995) led his team to the elite 8 in 2004 with Jameer Nelson, Delonte West, and Dwayne Jones.

Saint Louis: Rick Majerus (since 2007) is best known for building Utah into a basketball powerhouse including making all the way to the finals in 1998 with Andre Miller, Keith Van Horn, and Michael Doleac.

Big East

Villanova: Jay Wright (since 2001) made 'nova one of the best programs in the nation include final four appearance last year. Well-known players he coached include Allan Ray, Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, and Dante Cunningham.

Syracuse: Jim Boeheim (since 1976) led Syracuse to a championship in 2003 and a perennial powerhouse. Notable players he coached include Derrick Coleman, Carmelo Anthony, Rony Seikaly, Danny Shaynes, Billy Owens, Hakim Warrick, Sherman Douglas, Dwayne Washington, Etan Thomas, Jason Hart, John Wallce, Jonny Flynn, Gerry McNamara, and Donte Greene.

West Virginia: Bob Huggins (since 2007) had successful stints at Cincinnati and Kansas State. Joe Alexander played under him.

Georgetown: John Thompson (since 2004) is the son of legendary former head coach John Thompson. He led the team to a final four appearance in 2007. Well-known players he coached include Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, DaJuan Summers, and Patrick Ewing Jr.

Pittsburgh: Jamie Dixon (since 2003) led Pitts to the Big Dance every single year including an Elite Eight appearance last year. Players he coaches include Chris Taft, Aaron Gray, DeJuan Blair, and Sam Young.

Louisville: Rick Pitino (since 2001) won a championship with Kentucky and is the former head coach for the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. He led Louisville to the Final Four in 2005. Players he coached include Reece Gaines, Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean, Earl Clark, and Terence Williams.

Notre Dame: Mike Brey (since 2000) has been on the hot seat for quite some time. He led the Irish to Sweet Sixteen in 2003. Well-known players he coached include Troy Murphy, Chris Quinn, Matt Carroll, Rob Kurz, and Chris Thomas.

Connecticut: Jim Calhoun (since 1986) is a Hall of Famer with 2 titles. Former players include the late Reggie Lewis, Clifford Robinson, Ray Allen, Donyell Marshall, Rip Hamilton, Caron Butler, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Rudy Gay, Tate George, Kevin Ollie, Scott Burrell, Chris Smith, Khalid El-Amin, Travis Knight, Jake Voskuhl, Josh Boone, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams, AJ Price, and Hasheem Thabeet.

Big Ten

Michigan State: Tom Izzo (since 1995) built one of the most successful program in college basketball including a championship in 2000 and another final appearance last year. Players he coached include Morris Peterson, Jason Richardson, Zach Randolph, Charlie Bell, Shannon Brown, Mateen Cleaves, Paul Davis, Maurice Ager, Marcus Taylor, and Alan Anderson.

Wisconsin: Bo Ryan (since 2001) has makes his team overachieves. Wisconsin made the Big Dance every year under his watch. He made the Elite 8 in 2005. Well-known players he coached include Devin Harris, Alando Tucker, and Marcus Landry.

Ohio State: Thad Matta (since 2004) led the team to the finals in 2007. He coached Greg Oden, Daequan Cook, Mike Conley, Kosta Koufos, and Othello Hunter.

Illinois: Bruce Weber (since 2003) led the team to the finals in 2005. Well-known players he coached include Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther Head, James Augustine, and Roger Powell.

Minnesota: Tubby Smith (since 2007) won a title with Kentucky.

Indiana: Tom Crean (since 2008) had a successful stint at Marquette.

Michigan: John Beilein (since 2007) had a successful stint at West Virginia.

Big 12

Kansas: Bill Self (since 2003) won a title in 2008. Players he coached include Wayne Simien, Brandon Rush, Julian Wright, Mario Chalmers, Keith Langford, Darnell Jackson, Aaron Miles, and Darrell Arthur.

Texas: Rick Barnes (since 1998) led the team to Final 4 in 2003. Players who played under him include T.J. Ford, Kevin Durant, DJ Augustin, Chris Mihm, PJ Tucker, Daniel Gibson, Royal Ivey, and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Colorado: Jeff Bzdelik (since 2007) is the former head coach of Denver Nuggets.

Colonial Athletic

George Mason: Jim Larranaga (since 1997) is best known for leading George Mason to the Final 4 in 2006. Famous alumni include Lamar Butler of NBDL, cousin of Caron Butler, Jai Lewis, who attempted to join the NFL after graduation, Tony Skinn, who had a couple of summer league stints for NBA teams,