College Basketball 2011: Top 10 College Basketball Coaches in Their 40s

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2017

College Basketball 2011: Top 10 College Basketball Coaches in Their 40s

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    Some of the best college basketball coaches are in their 40s.

    They are no longer the new kids on the coaching block.

    They aren't yet the elder statesmen of the sport either.

    The following is a Top Ten list of the best of these coaches who are between 39 and 50 years old.

    Most of these coaches have made a few stops on the coaching circuit.

    Only two of these ten are still in their first head coaching position.

    Before you look at the slideshow, see how many you can name on your own!

Honorable Mentions

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    Here is a list of the honorable mention coaches, one's that were in the running but didn't make the final cut:

    Steve Alford: New Mexico

    Gregg Marshall: Wichita State

    Tommy Amaker: Harvard

    Mark Fox: Georgia

    Scott Drew: Baylor

    Anthony Grant: Alabama (Pictured)

    Frank Martin: Kansas State

    Ed Cooley: Providence

    Chris Mack: Xavier

10. Matt Painter: Purdue

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    After one year (25-5) of coaching at Southern Illinois (where he was selected as Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year), Matt Painter went to Purdue in order to take over for Gene Keady.

    In the six years he has led the Boilermakers, Painter's record is 138-64. His teams have made it to the NCAA Tournament (five times) in all but his first year in West Lafayette.

    Three of these years, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    In the other two, the Boilermakers made it to the Sweet Sixteen. 

    At Purdue, Painter has won the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2008, 2010, and 2011).

     

9. Mark Turgeon: Maryland

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    After eleven years as an assistant coach (with Kansas, Oregon, or Philadelphia 76ers), Mark Turgeon was selected as the head coach at Jacksonville State, where he compiled a 25-29 record.

    In 2000, Turgeon was hired as the Wichita State head coach. In his seven years as the Shockers head coach, he was 128-90. Turgeon was chosen as the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

    Turgeon moved on in 2007 to coach the Texas A&M Aggies, where he went 97-40 over four years. He was picked as the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Dallas Morning News. 

    This past spring, Turgeon was selected to succeed Gary Williams at Maryland upon his retirement.

8. John Thompson III: Georgetown

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    John Thompson III has had good success at both of his coaching stops.

    He was hired as the Princeton head coach (his alma mater) in 2000, and had a record of 68-42 over four years.

    Thompson followed in his dad's footsteps as head coach at Georgetown.

    In seven seasons, Thompson has compiled a 160-71 mark.

    Overall, in eleven years of head coaching, Thompson-led teams have made it to the post-season in all but one of those years and has amassed a 67.8 winning percentage.

     

7. Sean Miller: Arizona

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    Sean Miller is one of the top up-and-coming head coaches in college basketball.

    In five seasons (120-47) as head coach of Xavier, Miller took the Musketeers four times to the NCAA tournament (one trip to the Elite Eight, one trip to the Sweet Sixteen), won three Atlantic 10 regular season championships and one conference tournament championship.

    Miller faced a huge rebuilding project at Arizona. He has been nothing short of fantastic in his first two seasons (46-23), recruiting top level players from around the country, winning the 2010-11 Pac-10 regular season title and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight this past season.

     

6. Jay Wright: Villanova

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    After ten years of serving as an assistant coach (at Rochester, Drexel, Villanova, and UNLV), Jay Wright was hired as head coach at Hofstra in 1994.

    Under his leadership, Hofstra made gradual progress until 1999 when the Pride were the team-to-beat in the America East Conference. They won the conference championship in 2000 and 2001, and Wright was named the Coach of the Year both years. His overall record at Hofstra was 122-85.

    After this success, Wright was hired to be the head coach at Villanova (where he has been for the last ten years). His Wildcat teams have made it to the post-season every year.

    At 'Nova, Wright has posted a 224-110 record, making it to the Sweet Sixteen twice, the Elite Eight once, and the Final Four once.

    He has won the Big East Coach of the Year twice (2006, 2009) and the Naismith College Coach of the Year (2006).

     

     

5. Jamie Dixon: Pittsburgh

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    Jamie Dixon has only coached for Pittsburgh...and what a great job he is doing.

    In eight years leading the Panthers, Dixon's record is a salty 216-60. Pitt has made it to the NCAA tournament every year on his watch, making it once to the Elite Eight and twice to the Sweet Sixteen.

    He owns several NCAA Division I coaching records, such as most victories in their first eight seasons.

    Dixon is the winningest coach in Big East history with a current 72.1 winning percentage in eight seasons of league games (98-38).

    He was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004, the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2009, and the Sporting News Coach of the Year in 2011.

    The next milestone that Dixon needs to attain is getting Pitt to the Final Four.

     

4. Mark Few: Gonzaga

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    Few coaches have had the success that Mark Few has had at Gonzaga - his first head coaching stop.

    In fact, Few has never coached at any other college. He was a Gonzaga assistant coach for ten years before he was promoted to the head position in 1999.

    Few has helped the Zags go from Mid-Major novelty to a regular resident in the Top 25.

    Under Few's leadership, the Bulldogs have gone an amazing 315-83, a spectacular 79.1 winning percentage.

    After coming in second in his first season as head coach, Few's teams have won the West Coast Conference regular season title (or a share of it) eleven straight seasons.

    Gonzaga has made it to the NCAA Tournament all twelve of Few's seasons, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen four times.

    Few was named the WCC Coach of the Year six straight times (2000-2006).

     

3. Thad Matta: Ohio State

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    Thad Matta has had huge success as a college basketball coach.

    He served as an assistant coach for ten years (Indiana State, Butler twice, Miami of Ohio twice, and Western Carolina.

    In eleven years as a head coach, Matta's teams have won at least 20 games every single season...Wow!

    He coached just one year at Butler, where he went 24-8, taking the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    He led Xavier for three seasons to a record of 78-23, making it once to the Elite Eight, twice to the second round and won the Atlantic 10 conference two out of three years.

    In seven seasons at Ohio State, Matta's teams have gone 190-57, have been the NCAA Runner-Up in 2007, have made it to the Sweet Sixteen the last two seasons, and have won the Big Ten or a share of the title four times.

    He was Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2001 at Butler, the A-10 Coach of the Year in 2002 at Xavier, and the Big Ten Coach of the Year at Ohio State in 2006 and 2010.

     

2. Bill Self: Kansas

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    Not too many coaches have a better looking coaching resume than Bill Self.

    After serving as an assistant coach for eight years (Kansas and Oklahoma State-his alma mater), Self was named the head coach at Oral Roberts.

    Self helped the ORU program get squared away, going from only winning 6 games his first season to winning 21 in his fourth and final season.

    Self then went across town to Tulsa where he posted a 74-27 record, winning the Western Athletic Conference twice in three years. His Tulsa teams made it to the NCAA Tournament in two of three seasons, with a trip to the Elite Eight in 2000.

    Self then coached at Illinois for three seasons with a 78-24 record, leading the Fighting Illini to the Elite Eight once, the Sweet Sixteen once and winning the Big Ten title two of three years.

    But Self's best success was still to come. In 2003, he was hired to be the head coach at Kansas.

    He followed Roy Williams, who had just led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Championship game before leaving for North Carolina.

    Self has posted an unbelievable 237-46 record, including one NCAA Championship (2008), seven Big 12 regular season titles, and five Big 12 Tournament championships.

    He was selected as the WAC Coach of the Year in 2000, the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2006, 2009, and 2011, the Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2009.

     

1. Billy Donovan: Florida

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    Billy Donovan is at the top of this incredible list of the best college coaches in their forties.

    Donovan has won two NCAA Tournament Championships at Florida: back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.

    He has posted an outstanding overall head coaching record of 395-167.

    After being an assistant for Rick Pitino at Kentucky for five years, Donovan took the head coaching job at Marshall, where he went 35-20 over two seasons.

    He was hired at Florida in 1996, but had two average seasons to start off in Gainesville, going a combined 27-32.

    But ever since then, Donovan's teams have won at least 20 games the next 13 seasons.

    During his time at Florida, on top of the two NCAA Championships, the Gators have won the SEC regular season title four times and the conference Tournament championship three times.

    During the 2006-2007 season, the Gators pulled off a championship trifecta by winning the Southeastern Conference regular season title, SEC Tournament title, and their second straight NCAA Tournament.

    Donovan was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 and the SEC Coach of the Year in 2011. He was given the ESPN.com National Coach of the Year Award in 2001, and the John Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in 2010.