College basketball preseason: 10 coaches on the rise
Rhode Island's Dan Hurley and Dayton's Archie Miller are among the coaches who could cash in for higher-profile jobs after expected strong 2013-14 seasons.
Who will be the next under-the radar coach to make the jump to the big time? Check out our list below of 10 coaches who are on the rise in college basketball. In no particular order...
Pat Skerry, Towson: Skerry led the Tigers to the biggest one year turnaround in college basketball history last season and in so doing became a finalist for the vacancy at Minnesota. After only winning a single game in his first year at Towson, Skerry guided the Tigers to 18 victories a season ago. A relentless recruiter, Skerry's feistiness has made Towson nationally relevant just two years after being in college basketball's version of purgatory.
Dan Hurley, Rhode Island: If the Rams make the jump many expect this season in the Atlantic 10, it will be the second program in the last half-decade that Hurley has remedied. After taking over Wagner on the heels of a six-win season in 2010, Hurley led the Staten Island school to 25 wins in 2012 before taking the job at URI.
Donnie Tyndall, <span data-shortcode= Miss" data-canon="Southern Jaguars" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">: After beating Rick Pitino and Louisville in the 2011 NCAA Tournament when he was at Morehead State, Tyndall nearly upset Memphis in last year's C-USA tournament final before falling in double overtime. A well-connected recruiter with strong junior college ties, Tyndall should have the Eagles regularly in the mix at the top of Conference USA.
Bob Hoffman, Mercer: The Bears have steadily improved under Hoffman's watch. Fifty-one wins in the past two years have put Mercer on the mid-major map and Hoffman returns the majority of last year's group that won the Atlantic Sun regular season title and reached the NIT.
Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook: The Seawolves program transitioned to Division I in 1999 and 14 years later, Pikiell has them on an upward trajectory. Stony Brook has won 22 or more games in three of the past four seasons, but needs to eventually break through and make the NCAA Tournament. An interesting note about Pikiell? He's yet to receive a technical foul in his eight seasons with the Seawolves.
Archie Miller, Dayton: An excellent tactician, Miller has the Flyers program on the uptick. Dayton has gained palpable momentum in recruiting and looks to be vastly improved from a year ago. Expect Miller to lead the Flyers to the top of the Atlantic 10 standings this season thanks to more depth and experience.
Steve Prohm, Murray State: The most impressive thing about Prohm? His demeanor. No matter how big the moment, the 39-year old coach is always the same and never appears to be worried or concerned. After leading the Racers to 52 wins in his first two seasons, Prohm will have to rebuild this year after losing star guard Isaiah Canaan.
Mike White, Louisiana Tech: White, a former Ole Miss guard, led the Bulldogs to 27 wins and an NIT berth last season in just his second season as a head coach. Look for Louisiana Tech to be one of the potential favorites this year in Conference USA with White leading the charge.
Andy Toole, Robert Morris: Mature and confident beyond his years, Toole looks like he's 20 but acts like he's 40. The Colonials' win over Kentucky last year in the NIT put Toole on the national map. It's only a matter of time before a higher-level school obtains his services.
Tim Cluess, Iona: The Long Island native has won 70 games in three seasons with the Gaels and led Iona to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. The Gaels have been the nation's top scoring team in each of the past two years and with the group Cluess has to put together this season, don't be surprised if Iona flirts with averaging 90.0 points per game.
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