Last year's Top 10 list was such a hit, I've decided to do it again.
What makes a coach "sexy"? Well, I judge it (besides looks) based on wins, reputation, current and former success and the little things that make a huge impact to the team. With that said, here's the 2015 list of sexiest mid major coaches.
1. Will Brown (Albany, Head Coach)
I had this guy marked for the list last March. Leading his Great Danes to two consecutive America East Championships on the road, the first win making them the only four seed in America East history to win a title, and currently keeping them on a 12-0 run in conference play, it was a no-brainer that this guy has topped the list. They not only tied the school record for an unbeaten record, they are one of six teams that haven't lost a conference game. But it wasn't just his success that convinced me to give him the title, it was his overwhelming support and love for Peter Hooley, a junior guard, who's mother recently passed from her battle with colon cancer.
2. Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa, Head Coach)
Jacobson is having a spectacular season. His Panthers are currently 13-1 in conference play, 24-2 overall, boasting a win over #12 Wichita State and currently ranked No. 13 in the AP poll. His leadership has helped lead his team to the top three of the Missouri Valley Conference for the last three years, improving significantly from last year's 16-15 overall record. He's also the fastest coach in school history to make it to 100 wins, only needing 149 games to do it.
3. Dan Hurley (Rhode Island, Head Coach)
Currently at his third year at Rhode Island, Hurley has done some good work this season. Having a 17-6 record so far in the season is much better than last year's 14-18 overall record. In his second season he helped the Rams to a +6 win differential from the previous year, making that one of the top 20 turnarounds in the nation between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. This season they boast a win against No. 21 Nebraska in overtime.
4. Bob Hoffman (Mercer, Head Coach)
I knew I wanted to add Mercer to my list when they upset third seeded Duke in the NCAA tournament last year. That win was the program's first NCAA tournament victory. His hard work lead to being named the Southern Conference's Coach of the Year for the second straight year, along with winning the Fellowship of Christian Athlete's John Lotz "Barnabas" Award and an Atlanta Tipoff Club's Georgia Coach of the Year distinction.
5. Bashir Mason (Wagner, Head Coach)
Mason is in his third season coaching and is currently the youngest coach in Division 1 basketball at 30 years of age. He's helped the Seahawks to a 38-24 record and two second place finishes. The team is currently nationally ranked fourth in blocks per game (6.5), 12th in field goal defense (.391) and 14th in three-point defense (.300).
6. Scott Nagy (South Dakota State, Head Coach)
He's the most prolific coach in school history, reaching many milestones throughout his career. The most recent was bringing in the program's 1,400th win last March. He helped lead his Jackrabbits from transition to Division II to Division I. More recently they boast a win against No. 16 New Mexico, the first win over a ranked opponent in school history. He also brought them to two straight NCAA appearances and they currently have an undefeated season at home winning 30 in a row.
7. Tony Jasick (Jacksonville, Head Coach)
Last year's top of the list, Jasick is now at Jacksonville, a long way away from his former IPFW crowd. The attention due to his title caused quite a stir, even going as far as the school's chancellor making and wearing a t-shirt that read "My coach is sexier than your coach". Though that's not as impressive as winning the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year award by Collegeinsider.com as the top Division I mid-major coach.
8. Matt Driscoll (North Florida, Head Coach)
Driscoll brought the Ospreys their first Atlantic Sun tournament eligibility in program history. He also lead them to only two ins shy of the program record and had the best debut season of a UNF coach the school has seen. His second year as head coach he lead his team to the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game. Currently he's brought attendance to games up to an average of 1,200 people per game, giving their Ospreys a great home-court advantage.
9. Bryce Drew (Valparaiso, Head Coach)
Last season Drew lead the Crusaders to an 18-win season and their fourth consecutive postseason berth. In the 2012-13 season he lead them to their second regular season title and their first conference title, returning the Crusaders to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. His rookie season boasted 22 wins. He's only in his fourth year as head coach and it looks like he's wasting no time taking his team to the top.
10. Jake Luhn (Longwood, Assistant Coach)
The only assistant coach to make the list this year, Luhn is a huge asset to the Lancers' family. According to Head Coach Jayson Gee, "Coach Luhn is a star in the making as an assistant coach and a certain future as a head coach". Not only that, but he has one hell of a smile.