Every college basketball season, mid-major programs emerge and make runs deep into March.
Often times the catalyst behind those NCAA tournament runs is the head coach. This tournament proved to be no different, with mid-majors knocking off college basketball's biggest names.
For every thrilling upset March brought us, a young head coach moved one step closer toward locking up a job at a big-time program. While these coaches are still at their respective mid-major schools, it will only be a matter of time before the big boys come knocking.
Here is a list of 10 coaches who deserve a promotion to a major college basketball program.
Gregg Marshall began his coaching career in 1998 at Winthrop. He promptly led Eagles to the NCAA tournament four consecutive seasons and seven out of 10 years at the program.
Marshall moved on to Wichita St. in 2007 and has led the Shockers to the NIT tournament the past two seasons.
This year he led them to the NIT championship and could be next in line for a promotion to a major program.
Stew Morrill began his coaching career over 25 years ago at Montana. After five years he moved on to Colorado St. Morrill spent seven years at Colorado St. before taking the job at Utah St.
Since joining the Aggies, Morrill has spent 13 years at Utah St. and in the past 12 seasons, he has made the postseason every year, including eight NCAA tournament appearances.
Morrill has led Utah St. to the NCAA tournament the past three seasons with a combined 87-17 record over that span.
Chris Mack is a homegrown product who grew up in the Cincinnati area. He was an assistant under former head coach Sean Miller and took over the Xavier program two years ago.
Xavier is known to produce big-time coaches (Pete Gillen, Skip Prosser, Thad Matta, Sean Miller), and Mack is next in line.
He has a combined 50-17 record over the past two seasons, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010 and another NCAA tournament berth in 2011.
Mark Few has been a dominant figure in college basketball over the past 12 seasons at Gonzaga.
Few is very promotable, but seems content where he is. Over his tenure at Gonzaga, Few has made the NCAA tournament every year.
Few has four Sweet 16 appearances and a career record of 315-83 at Gonzaga.
Fran Dunphy is a former Ivy League coach at Penn. He led Penn to nine NCAA tournament appearances in 16 seasons.
Dunphy took the job at Temple in 2006 and has led the Owls to four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
His career record of 420-210 speaks volumes for his coaching ability, and while Dunphy is slightly older than most of the coaches on this list, he is headed to a major program sooner or later.
Randy Benett took over a St. Mary's program in 2001 that was not headed in the right direction. After nine wins in his first season, Bennett has been to the NCAA tournament three times in the last seven years.
He has one Sweet 16 appearance and has competed with the powerful Gonzaga Bulldogs in the West Coast Conference.
Bennett has also appeared in two NIT tournaments over the past three seasons.
In six seasons at BYU, Dave Rose has led the Cougars to five NCAA tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT.
Last season BYU was one of the best teams in the country and had college basketball's best player in Jimmer Fredette.
Rose led the Cougars to the Sweet 16 last year and has helped BYU rise to national supremacy.
With the run VCU made in the NCAA tournament last season, everybody knows the name Shaka Smart.
Smart did the improbable in leading VCU to a Final Four appearance, knocking off national powers in the process.
Smart just turned 34 and has a 55-21 combined record at VCU in two seasons.
The Colonial League is very competitive and Smart is one of the biggest up-and-comers in college basketball.
Josh Pastner spent a few seasons learning from former Memphis head coach John Calipari.
Pastner took over Memphis in 2009 and led the Tigers back to the NCAA tournament this past season.
Perhaps his best quality is his recruiting ability, and recruiting is a big part of college basketball. He has had no trouble bringing talent into Memphis and could be at a big-name program in a few years.
Who could be No. 1 on this list other than Butler head coach Brad Stevens?
Stevens has spent four seasons at Butler and has made the NCAA tournament every year. He has won the Horizon League each of those four seasons.
Stevens has taken the Bulldogs to back-to-back Final Fours and his combined 117-25 record is as good as it gets at any level.