This is becoming a popular article on MMM, so why not keep it going? Every once in awhile, we like to take a look at the sexiest coaches across mid-major college basketball. You can also check out the 2014 and 2015 lists here. Don't like who I've picked? Have a candidate for next year? Let me know in the comments.
Anywhere, here's this year's list.
2016 Top 10 Sexiest Mid-Major Coaches:
1. Derek Kellogg (University of Massachusetts, Head Coach)
Welcome to the list! Kellogg is in his 8th year as head coach at UMass and the third winningest coach in the 100+ year history of the school. Currently he and his squad are 11-14 overall (4-9 conference) which isn't exactly the best, but what he's done with this school is quite an accomplishment. HIs seven previous seasons gave him a 126-101 overall record and boasted a fourth consecutive winning season. While it's a toss up as to whether the guys will help make it a 5th consecutive winning year, they have five more games to make that happen.
2. Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook, Head Coach)
Pikiell is another newbie to the list, but it's very clear he deserves this spot. He's in his 11th season with the Seawolves and lead them to five post season bids, three conference championship games and four regular season titles. The only thing missing is a trip to the big dance, and this year looks like the year. His team had the longest winning streak in Division 1 until their loss at Albany on February 17th. Besides clinching the one seed in the America East tournament, he has an all around star in senior big, Jameel Warney. Warney is up for his third consecutive Player of the Year award and is up for the Karl Malone Award.
3. Saul Phillips (Ohio University, Head Coach)
Phillips is only in his second year as head coach at Ohio University, they are currently third in the MAC standings with a 17-8 overall (8-5 conference) record. His career started with a 73-47 win over Appalachian State last season. While the rest of the year didn't quite go as well, it's a great starting point. They did have a record setting 99-78 win against DePaul in the Hawaiian Airelines Diamond Head Classic, which recorded the most points in a game in the tournament.
4. Gregg Marshall (Witchita State, Head Coach)
I know, Wichita's had its run wight the big dogs lately, but that's what's great about them. Marshall is currently in his 9th season as head coach and boasts an impressive resume with the Shockers. In his time as a head coach he has 11 NCAA tournament bids, 1 Final Four and three other post season bids. He was crowned the National Coach of the Year in 2014. Isn't that a little bit sexy?
5. James Jones (Yale, Head Coach)
I've met Jones a few times over the years, and he's a great guy overall. He's one of the few coaches I've met that doesn't go off on a tangent *cough* Will Brown *cough*. This is arguably the best season for the Bulldogs, currently at 17-6 overall (8-1 conference). Their sole loss is their most recent game against Princeton in a 75-63 loss. They're currently receiving votes in the AP top 25.
6. Jon Coffman (IPFW, Head Coach)
Welcome back to the list, IPFW! The last time these guys made the list was when Tony Jasick won the first coveted title of "Sexiest Mid Major Coach" back in 2014. Under Coffman's coaching, they are currently ranked 16th in the Mid Major Top 25 poll. Only in his second year, that's a great accomplishment. Before his time as head coach, he was on the staff as an assistant coach.
7. Steve Masiello (Manhattan, Head Coach)
Masiello is in his fifth year coaching the Jaspers, coming to the list with quite an impressive resume for only five years. He lead his team to back to back MAAC Championships, three straight MAAC title game appearances, and two 20-win seasons. He also broke the school record for career MAAC tournament win with their 8th against Iona in 2015. Oh, and he's got the fourth best winning percentage during league tournament play.
8. Bill Herrion (University of New Hampshire, Head Coach)
This guy has done incredible things for UNH over the years. He's currently in his 11th season as head coach and is making waves in the America East conference. Most recently, they almost became the first to knock Stony Brook off their thrown of undefeated in conference play. This season is their first winning season since the 94-95 season. That's a long time. Last year they hit the 19 win mark, maybe this year they'll break 20?
9. King Rice (Monmouth, Head Coach)
Rice is in his fourth year as head coach for the Hawks. They're currently first in the MAAC with 22-6 overall (14-3 conference), but but only slightly in front of foe's Iona. Last year was a great year for Rice, it was the most conference victories for the team and he was a finalist for the 2015 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award.
10. Howie Dickenman (Central Connecticut State University, Head Coach)
I knew I had to put this guy on the list this year, because it's his last shot to do so. Dickenman recently announced his retirement from head coach of the Blue Devils after 20 years. He's the second longest tenured coach in the school's history. While they're not having the best of seasons, Dickenman has some great achievements to take with him, including coaching fie NEC Players of the Year, all who were in the school's 1,000 point club and being only the second coach to reach 200 wins.
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