College Basketball Coaches at Alma Mater

What if college basketball programs opted to hire a school alum as their head coach?

Here is a list of potential options at many schools (includes active head coaches in college and NBA and notable assistants)

ACC

  • Boston College – Bruce Pearl (Auburn), Mark Schmidt (St Bonaventure)
  • Clemson – Will Wade (LSU)
  • Duke – Bobby Hurley (Arizona St), Quin Snyder (Jazz), Jeff Capel (Pitt), Chris Collins (Northwestern), Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Johnny Dawkins (UCF)
  • Georgia Tech – Mark Price (former Charlotte HC), Craig Neal (former New Mexico HC)
  • Louisville – Scott Davenport (Bellarmine), Reece Gaines (NBA/Spurs Asst)
  • Florida State – Sam Cassell (NBA Assst)
  • Miami – James Jones (NBA/Suns GM)
  • NC State – Archie Miller (recently fired at Indiana), Nate McMillan (NBA/Hawks)
  • North Carolina – Hubert Davis*, Roy Williams, Jerry Stackhouse (Vanderbilt), Wes Miller (Cincinnati)
  • Notre Dame – Monty Williams (NBA/Suns), Martin Ingelsby (Delaware)
  • Pittsburgh – Sean Miller, Kevin Willard (Seton Hall)
  • Syracuse – Jim Boeheim*, Mike Hopkins (Washington)
  • Virginia – Rick Carlisle (NBA/Mavs), Jeff Jones (Old Dominion)
  • Virginia Tech – N/A
  • Wake Forest – Tim Duncan (NBA/Spurs Asst)

Big East

  • Butler – LaVall Jordan*, Scott Drew (Baylor), Travis Steele (Xavier)
  • Creighton – Porter Moser (Oklahoma)
  • Depaul – Tyrone Corbin (NBA/Magic Asst, former Jazz HC), Rod Strickland (former USF Asst)
  • Georgetown – Patrick Ewing*
  • Marquette – Doc Rivers (NBA/76ers), Brian Wardle (Bradley)
  • Providence – Jim Larranaga (Miami), Richard Pitino (New Mexico), Billy Donovan (NBA/Bulls)
  • Seton Hall – Dan Hurley (UConn)
  • St. John’s – Chris Mullin
  • UConn – Steve Pikiell (Rutgers), Mark Daigneault (NBA/Thunder)
  • Xavier – Chris Mack (Louisville), Pat Kelsey (Charleston)

Big Ten

  • Purdue – Matt Painter*, Cuonzo Martin (Missouri)
  • Illinois – N/A
  • Indiana – Mike Woodson*, Steve Alford (Nevada), Joe Pasternack (UC-Santa Barbara
  • Iowa – Keno Davis (recently fired by CMU)
  • Maryland – Juan Dixon (Coppin St)
  • Michigan – Juwan Howard*
  • Michigan State – Scott Skiles (former NBA HC)
  • Minnesota – Ben Johnson*, Brian Dutcher (SD St), Niko Medved (Colorado State), JB Bickerstaff (NBA/Cavs)
  • Nebraska – Tyronn Lue (NBA/Clippers)
  • Northwestern – Dave Leitao (recently fired by Depaul)
  • Ohio State – N/A
  • Penn St – Ed DeChellis (Navy)
  • Rutgers – Eddie Jordan (former Rutgers HC)
  • Wisconsin – Ben Braun (former Cal and Rice HC), Michael Finley (NBA/Spurs FO)

Big 12

  • Baylor – Grant McCasland (North Texas)
  • Iowa State – Fred Hoiberg (Nebraska), Jeff Hornacek (former Knicks HC)
  • Kansas – Mark Turgeon (Maryland), Jerod Haase (Stanford), Tad Boyle (Colorado)
  • Kansas State – Lon Kruger (retired), Tim Jankovich (SMU), Brad Underwood (Illinois)
  • Oklahoma – Terry Stotts (NBA/Blazers)
  • Oklahoma State – Bill Self (Kansas)
  • Texas – Chris Beard*
  • Texas Tech – Darvin Ham (NBA/Bucks Asst)
  • TCU – Jamie Dixon*
  • West Virginia – Bob Huggins*

SEC

  • Alabama – Mike Davis (Detroit Mercy), Mo Williams (Alabama St), Mark Gottfried (Cal State Northridge)
  • Arkansas – Darrell Walker (Arkansas-Little Rock)
  • Auburn – N/A
  • Florida – Matt McCall (UMass)
  • Georgia – N/A
  • Kentucky – Dwayne Casey (NBA/Pistons), Frank Vogel (NBA/Lakers), Mark Pope (BYU), Travis Ford (STL)
  • LSU – Johnny Jones (Texas Southern)
  • Mississippi State – Kermit Davis (Ole Miss)
  • Missouri – Kim English (George Mason)
  • Ole Miss – Mike White (Florida), Anthony Boone (Central Arkansas)
  • South Carolina – Mike Boynton (Oklahoma St)
  • Tennessee – N/A
  • Texas A&M – Buzz Williams*
  • Vanderbilt – N/A

PAC-12

  • Arizona – Josh Pastner (Georgia Tech), Damon Stoudemire (Pacific), Steve Kerr (NBA/Warriors), Luke Walton (NBA/Kings)
  • Arizona State – Lionel Hollins (former Grizzlies/Nets HC)
  • California – Dennis Gates (Cleveland St), Jason Kidd (former Nets/Bucks HC)
  • Colorado – Chauncey Billups (NBA/Clippers Asst)
  • Oregon – Mark Few (Gonzaga)
  • Oregon State – N/A
  • Stanford – Mark Madsen (Utah Valley)
  • UCLA – Earl Watson (NBA/former Suns HC)
  • USC – N/A
  • Utah – Scott Garson (Santa Clara asst)
  • Washington – Lorenzo Romar (Pepperdine)
  • Washington State – Leon Rice (Boise State)

AAC

  • Cincinnati – Mick Cronin (UCLA)
  • East Carolina – Bob McKilop (Davidson)
  • Memphis – Penny Hardaway*
  • Temple – Aaron McKie*
  • Tulsa – Mike Anderson (St John’s)

Atlantic 10

  • Dayton – Anthony Grant*
  • George Washington – Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Joe Dooley (ECU)
  • Dayton – Anthony Grant*
  • Richmond – Kenny Atkinson (former Nets HC)
  • Saint Joseph’s – John Gallagher (Hartford)
  • St Bonaventure – Rob Lanier (Georgia St)
  • UMass – Rick Pitino (Iona)

Big Sky

  • Montana – Wayne Tinkle (Oregon St),  Larry Krystkowiak (recently fired by Utah)
  • Weber St – Ben Howland (Miss St)

Big South

  • High Point – Tubby Smith*

Big West

  • UC Irvine – Scott Brooks (NBA/Wizards)

Colonial

  • Elon – Frank Haith (Tulsa)

Conference USA

  • FIU – Frank Martin (South Carolina)
  • Marshall – Dan D’Antoni*, Mike D’Ántoni (NBA), John Brannen (former Cincinnati HC)
  • Middle Tennessee St – Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)
  • UAB – Andy Kennedy*
  • Western Kentucky – Darrin Horn (Northern Kentucky)

Horizon

  • Green Bay – Tony Bennett (Virginia)
  • Oakland – Brian Gregory (USF), Drew Valentine (Loyola-Chi)
  • Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Bruce Weber (Auburn)

Ivy

  • Brown – Stephen Silas (NBA/Rockets)
  • Penn – Fran McCaffery (Iowa), Taylor Jenkins (NBA/Grizzlies)
  • Princeton – Chris Mooney (Richmond)

MAC

  • Central Michigan – Tom Crean (Georgia), Dan Majerle (former Grand Canyon HC)
  • Kent State – Jordan Mincy (Jacksonville)
  • Miami Ohio – Ron Hunter (Tulane)
  • Ohio – Jeff Boals*

Missouri Valley

  • Bradley – Jim Les (UC Davis)
  • Illinois St – Dan Muller*, Dana Ford (Missouri St)
  • Northern Iowa – Nick Nurse (Raptors), Greg McDermott (Creighton)
  • Valparaiso – Bryce Drew (Grand Canyon)

Mountain West

  • Air Force – Greg Popovich (Spurs)
  • UNLV – Kevin Kruger*, Todd Simon (Southern Utah)

Ohio Valley

  • UT-Martin – Leonard Hamilton (Florida St)

Patriot League

  • Army – Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
  • Bucknell – Jay Wright (Villanova)

Summit

  • North Dakota – Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa), Craig Smith (Utah)

Sun Belt

  • Appalachian St – Matt McMahon (Murray St), Alvin Gentry (former NBA HC)

West Coast Conference

  • San Diego – Eric Musselman (Arkansas), James Borrego (NBA/Hornets)
  • Santa Clara – Steve Nash (NBA/Nets)

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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