The 2016 NCAA Tournament is upon us, meaning that 68 coaches are about to do all they can to get their team a national championship. This year’s coaching field is as deep as ever, with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and even Gonzaga’s Mark Few making their return to the big dance.
But what about the midmajor programs with coaches that fly under the radar? These men work just as hard as every other coach in the tournament, if not harder, so how come they don’t get their due credit when their teams easily have a chance of making a deep tournament run?
Sure, these coaches may not have a bunch of accolades, nor be Hall of Famers like some of their colleagues, but still deserve every bit of recognition this time of year. In some cases, such coaches are right on the verge of becoming household names.
That said, let’s take a look at five coaches in particular that you’ve probably never heard of, but should.