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March 31, 2007

Hoop scoop coaching rankings

Posted by Bob Condotta at 7:18 PM

Sitting here flipping through the newest issue of Basketball Times during the dead time during the Final Four --- and there's beginning to be a lot of that as Florida runs away from UCLA.

Included in the issue is Hoop Scoop's ranking of college basketball head and assistant coaches, with the Huskies mentioned several times. (Hoop scoop is also on-line and is noted for its rankings of recruits).

Somewhat oddly, they include Lorenzo Romar in a list of "coaches in mid-career'' instead of having a long enough career to be included in the overall rankings, even though a guy like Georgie Tech's Paul Hewitt --- who is younger than Romar and hasn't been a head coach as long as Romar --- is on the overall list.

So Romar is listed No. 5 among the Top 40 Coaches in Mid-Career behind Karl Hobbs of George Washington, Steve Alford of Iowa (and now New Mexico), Bobby Gonzalez of Manhattan, and Stan Heath, just fired by Arkansas. Mid-career coaches are defined as those with 6-20 years of head coaching experience.

But Romar's ahead of guys like Larry Eustachy, Kevin Stallings, Skip Prosser, Trent Johnson and John Brady. (No other Pac-10 coaches are on the list).

The top 10 overall coaches, in order, are Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Bobby Knight, Rick Pitino, Jim Calhoun, Lute Olson, Ben Howland, Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith and John Calipari.

Other Pac-10 coaches on the top 40 list are Tim Floyd (No. 32) and Herb Sendek (No. 33).

The most curious selection may be Pepperdine's Vance Walberg at No. 30. Walberg has a long and successful history as a junior college coach, but this was his first season as a Division-I head coach.

That puts Walberg five spots ahead of Mark Few (No. 35). Like Few or not, hard to figure how Walberg rates as a better coach.

And I'm assuming this was a list done early in the season as Tony Bennett isn't anywhere --- not even on a separate list of the top 40 up-and-coming coaches, defined as coaches with five or fewer years as a head coach. The only Pac-10 coach on that list is Jay John at No. 26, which also seems debatable given OSU's shaky status.

Two UW coaches are included on the list of top 100 assistants --- Jim Shaw at No. 60 and Cameron Dollar at No. 77. Other Pac-10 assistants on the list are Arizona's Josh Pastner (No. 5), Oregon's Scott Duncan (No. 12), USC's Bob Cantu (No. 21), UCLA's Kerry Keating (No. 23), Cal's Joe Pasternack (38), USC's Gib Arnold (44), UCLA's Donny Daniels (58), Arizona State's Mark Phelps (81) and Oregon State's Kevin Mouten (87).