Simply put, you get nowhere in the NCAA without a top-notch coach. If your program is lacking in the General position, the talent on the floor will not preform, or even exist.
This point could not be more true than when looking across the land of mid-major conferences. Earlier this summer, ESPN released its Top-50 Coaches in NCAA Basketball. The following 11 represented the mid-majors.
|Gregg Marshall||Wichita State
|Jim Crews||Saint Louis||29|
|Phil Martelli||Saint Joseph's||35|
|Randy Bennett||Saint Mary's||50|
When asking "Who's the top coach?", there are any number of factors or criteria to consider:
- How much does last season (or even the upcoming season) weigh against a resume that spans decades?
- Where do you gauge recruiting vs. on-court performance?
- Is someone able to do more with less?
- Which record matters most: regular season, conference tournament, or NCAA Tournament?
- Not all conferences are equal; where does quality of competition play a role?
Let's see your thoughts. Which coach on this list, would you consider the top mid-major coach?