By Ben VolinAssociated PressBEST BUFFALO BILLS COVERAGEBY ANDREW SCHRIDTAssociated PressAssociated PressNEW YORK — A new study finds the best coaching staffs in college basketball.
The study, published in the Journal of Sport Management and is part of the APA’s Sports Leadership Institute, looked at college basketball coaches at all levels from high school to college.
In the study, the APAS research group reviewed data on over 5,000 coaches in all levels of college basketball and examined their most successful teams.
The researchers focused on recruiting in the first year of the college basketball season and did not look at the results of the first five seasons.
The APAS study looked at coaches in the NCAA Division I and II, Division III, Division I-AA, Division II-AA and the American Athletic Conference (AA).
The APAs research group is comprised of researchers from APA, the American Council on Exercise, the National Basketball Players Association, the NBA Players Association and the United States Olympic Committee.
“As the sport grows, so does the importance of developing and maintaining the best staffs,” said David Ewing, associate director of the Sports Leadership institute and professor of sports management at the University of Michigan.
“We can now put together a definitive list of the best college basketball teams.”
The study found that the top five coaches in recruiting in college are as follows:Former Michigan coach Tom Izzo, a former NCAA Division III coach, and his son, Tom Jr., a former college basketball coach, both won the APs top coaching job in college recruiting in 2014.
Tom Sr. is currently the head coach at Kentucky.
The five best recruiting coaches in 2014 were:Former Tennessee coach John Calipari, a four-time NCAA Division II coach, won the top coaching title in college coaching in 2014 with the Bulldogs, according to the AP.
Former Baylor coach Gregg Marshall won the NCAA title in his first year as a head coach in 2006.
Former North Carolina coach Roy Williams won the title in 2012.
Former Arizona coach Steve Fisher, a three-time NBA All-Star, was the AP’s best recruiter in 2014, the study found.
Former Duke coach David Cutcliffe, a five-time All-American, won AP coaches of the year in 2014 for recruiting.
Former Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak won the college coaching title for recruiting in his third season in 2016.
Former Baylor coach Matt Rhule, a six-time national champion coach and two-time winner of the Nike Basketball Coach of the Year Award, won top recruiting honors in 2014 and finished the season with the top recruiting class in school history.
Former Texas A&M coach Charlie Strong, who also won the national championship in 2016, won coaching titles in 2015 and 2016.
The Aggies won back-to-back AP championships in 2016 and 2017.
Former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, the first African-American head coach of a major college program, was ranked as the second best recruitor in college in 2014 when the Seminoles won the Big 12 Conference title.
Former Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, who won the SEC title in 2015, won a number of recruiting awards, including the AP coaches’ championship in 2015.
Former Oregon coach Royce White, a two-term head coach, is the best recruitter in college history.
White won the conference title in 2014 in his fifth season at Oregon.
Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a 10-time winningest coach in college hoops history, was listed as the third best recruited coach in the AP in 2014 after winning the league title in 2009.
Former Tennessee head coach Mark Stoops, who is now an assistant coach at the Division III University of Louisville, was named the AP coach of the century in 2014 by the AP after leading the Blue Devils to back-12 NCAA tournament appearances in eight of his first nine seasons.
Former Ohio State coach Mike Brey, who has led the Buckeyes to back to back Big Ten championships, was also named the best coach in 2014 as he led the program to back NCAA Tournament appearances in five of his 10 seasons.
Wisconsin coach Scott Rueckner, who led the Badgers to back 12 Big Ten titles, was one of the top coaches in 2016 for recruiting, the report found.
Ohio State coach Bo Pelini, who was the national champion in 2013 and 2015 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019, was a three time NCAA tournament coach and three time winner of NCAA Coach of Year awards.
Former Indiana coach Kevin Ollie, who guided the Hoosiers to back four straight NCAA Tournament berths in 2011 and 2012, was considered the top recruiter, with Ollies team winning four Big Ten Tournament championships in his three seasons in Bloomington.
Former Arkansas coach Jeff Capel, who made the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 and won the 2013 NCAA Tournament Coach of year award, was