College Basketball Coaching Carousel
We will keep an active tracker of all coaching changes in College Basketball with notes on specific hires. We’ve seen some moves made already and some very interesting decisions made by Alabama and Vanderbilt.
|School||Old Coach||New Coach|
|Alabama||Avery Johnson||Nate Oats|
|Appalachian State||Jim Fox||Dustin Kerns|
|Arkansas||Mike Anderson||Eric Musselman|
|Belmont||Rick Byrd||Casey Alexander|
|Buffalo||Nate Oats||Jim Whitesell|
|BYU||Dave Rose||Mark Pope|
|California||Wyking Jones||Mark Fox|
|Cal Poly||Joe Callero||John Smith|
|Cincinnati||Mick Cronin||John Brannen|
|Elon||Matt Matheny||Mike Schrage|
|Fairfield||Sydney Johnson||Jay Young|
|George Washington||Maurice Joseph||Jamion Christian|
|Georgia State||Ron Hunter||Rob Lainer|
|Idaho State||Bill Evans||Ryan Looney|
|Kennesaw State||Al Skinner||Amir Abdur-Rahim|
|Maryland Eastern Shore||Clifford Reed|
|Mercer||Bob Hoffman||Greg Gary|
|Mississippi Valley State||Andre Payne||Lindsey Hunter|
|Montana State||Brian Fish||Danny Sprinkle|
|Morgan State||Todd Bozeman|
|Nebraska||Tim Miles||Fred Hoiberg|
|Nevada||Eric Musselman||Steve Alford|
|Niagara||Chris Casey||Patrick Beilein|
|Northern Kentucky||John Brannen|
|Ohio||Saul Phillips||Jeff Boals|
|Presbyterian||Dustin Kerns||Quinton Ferrell|
|San Francisco||Kyle Smith||Todd Golden|
|Siena||Jamion Chrisitan||Carm Maciariello|
|SIUE||Jon Harris||Brian Barrone|
|South Dakota State||TJ Otzelberger||Eric Henderson|
|Southern Illinois||Barry Hinson||Bryan Mullins|
|Southern Miss||Doc Sadler||Jay Ladner|
|St. Joe’s||Phil Martelli||Billy Lange|
|St. John’s||Chris Mullin||Mike Anderson|
|Stetson||Corey Williams||Donnie Jones|
|Stony Brook||Jeff Boals||Geno Ford|
|Temple||Fran Dunphy||Aaron McKie|
|Tennessee Tech||Steve Payne||John Pelphrey|
|Texas A&M||Billy Kennedy||Buzz Williams|
|Troy||Phil Cunningham||Scott Cross|
|Tulane||Mike Dunleavy||Ron Hunter|
|UCLA||Steve Alford||Mick Cronin|
|UMKC||Kareem Richardson||Billy Donlon|
|UNLV||Marvin Menzies||TJ Otzelberger|
|Utah Valley||Mark Pope||Mark Madsen|
|Vanderbilt||Bryce Drew||Jerry Stackhouse|
|Virginia Tech||Buzz Williams||Mike Young|
|Washington State||Ernie Kent||Kyle Smith|
|William & Mary||Tony Shaver||Dane Fischer|
|Wofford||Mike Young||Jay McAuley|
Jamion Christian to George Washington
Taking a page out of the Brad Underwood playbook, Jamion Christian leaves Siena following one season (17-16) and heads to DC. Christian has been one of the hottest names in the Northeast in coaching over the past 3-4 seasons. He lead Mount Saint Mary’s to a pair of tournament appearances before heading to Siena where they finished 2nd in the MAAC. Now he takes over a program that has fallen off a bit but historically, has been strong. It is a fertile recruiting area and that will be the key to his success at GW.
Alabama hires Nate Oats
Huge news breaking just a few short minutes ago, Nate Oats will leave Buffalo and take over at Alabama. This is a really interesting move. There’s no doubt that Avery Johnson could recruit but it felt like he could never win the games he needed to. Nate Oats is an interesting case. He took over Buffalo when they were on the rise as Bobby Hurley left for Arizona State and had a senior laden team that somewhat underachieved this season. With the time and resources available at Alabama I think it is a smart move from both sides and he can really build this roster from scratch as the Tide have been hit by the transfer bug.
Nebraska lands Hoiberg
A huge contract was given by Bill Moos to former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls’ head coach Fred Hoiberg. His 2nd “home run” hire at Nebraska following the hire of Scott Frost to head up the football program. This is what Moos does. He revived one of the biggest after thoughts in Power 5 football by bringing Mike Leach in at Washington State, now he has the former 90s giant, Nebraska trending upward. Hoiberg was 115-56 at Iowa State and made Ames one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12 and the country. It will take time, but this hire looks great and the resources surrounding Hoiberg are there for him to succeed.
Buzz Williams heading home to Texas A&M
One of the best signings of the offseason belongs to the Aggies luring Buzz Williams away from Virginia Tech. Williams elevated the Hokies’ program to a respectable level and a competitive one in the ACC. He will now be tasked with rebuilding the A&M program in the increasingly challenging SEC. There will be plenty of resources available and I’d expect the trajectory of A&M to be similar, if not, faster than Virginia Tech under Buzz.
Mike Young to Virginia Tech
The 55-year old Mike Young is fresh off a strong season at Wofford going 30-5 and coaching one of the best offensive and more specifically, 3-point shooting teams in America. Young had been at Wofford since 2002-03 and accumulated a record of 299-244 during that span. The only way to describe this coaching search for VT was misguided. The fanbase had unrealistic expectations and after Kevin Willard spurned the Hokies to stay at Seton Hall, there was speculation that he wasn’t even really a candidate. Well, VT opted to take the guy 11 years Willard’s senior from a smaller conference. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad hire, because Young can clearly coach, but it’s definitely a step back for the Hokies.
UCLA finally hires someone
And that someone is Mick Cronin from Cincinnati. Man oh man was this an awful, terrible, no good coaching search for UCLA. The Bruins publicly screwed up more times than any school in recent memory and swung and missed on so many candidates that I honestly can’t remember where this even began. All things considered, UCLA could have done a lot worse than Cronin. Sure, he’s got that fiery personality that can turn some people off but his results at Cincinnati were pretty darn good. Cronin posted a 296-146 record with 9 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 22+ wins in each of those seasons, including a pair of 30 win years. The biggest note is just one (1) Sweet Sixteen in all those years. March is his problem, but fitting for UCLA to be shortsighted in this hiring.
Muss Bus Pulls into Arkansas
After turning heads at Nevada and ripping countless shirts, Eric Musselman has left the Battle Born State to take over down in Fayetteville. Personally, I think Mike Anderson should have had another season but this is a strong hire. Musselman made his money recruiting transfers to Reno, Nevada. Let that sink in. Give him an SEC school with bigger appeal, better facilities, etc and the sky is the limit. He will need to change his style of play and I would have to image it will happen. No more Martin twins and Jordan Caroline to play 36+ minutes a night, there needs to be a rotation with legitimate offensive sets. It’s now on Musselman to deliver, at Nevada, he could get away on talent alone, now the SEC is loaded and continuing to stock up on talent and coaching.
Alford back in the Mountain West
The former Iowa, New Mexico, and UCLA head man is heading back to his old stomping grounds in the Mountain West, this time at Nevada. Alford takes over from Eric Musselman who bolted for Arkansas following the underachieving season the Wolf Pack had. I really like this hire because of the proven success Alford has had at this level. He takes over a team that will have a ton of roster turnover and he will have to start from scratch. But much like his predecessor, expect Alford to be active in the transfer market. In his time at New Mexico, he helped the Lobos to a 155-52 record, winning 20+ games in each season and never going worse than 8-8 in conference play.
St. John’s Finally Hires a Coach, Mike Anderson
After a disastrous and embarrassing coaching search, the Johnnies finally landed their new head coach in former Arkansas HC Mike Anderson. This is an interesting hire on many fronts. Anderson is from Alabama and has never coached a team north of Missouri. He has essentially zero ties or connections to NYC and will need to quickly establish roots and pipelines in one of the most talent rich areas in America. The other big issue is that he did spend pretty much his entire career in the Southeast where he had these established connections and during his time at Arkansas only made 3 NCAA Tournaments. It will be an uphill battle for Anderson especially given the mass exodus that St. John’s has seen in the wake of Mullin stepping away. If he can bring back some of the talent from last year’s team it would be a big step in the right direction.