On Wednesday, Arkansas named former Missouri coach Mike Anderson as its new head basketball coach. The move will be a homecoming for Anderson, who served as an assistant at Arkansas during the program’s glory years under Nolan Richardson.
Will Anderson’s second tour of duty bring some magic back to the Razorbacks? If it does, Anderson will be in good company.
Herein, 10 coaches who were able to shine in the top job after having served as assistants for the same program.
Note: Many other great coaches, from Dean Smith to Tom Izzo, were promoted directly from assistant to head coach at a given school. For purposes of this list, only coaches who (like Anderson) left the program and returned later were considered.