Category Archives: Coach Ratings

Coaching fortunes will change after the 2014 tourney

When the dust settles on the 2014 dance, we’re likely to see dramatic changes in the performance rankings of the active coaches. Some coaches, like perennial overachiever Tom Izzo and newcomers Archie Miller and Kevin Ollie, will post big PASE … Continue reading

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Stephenson on Coach K and late-career slumps

This email from Insider Tom Stephenson is worth posting in full. Great observations on how many coaches tend to underachieve as they near retirement. Tom mentioned some legends who retired at the top of their tourney game. I’ll add Rollie … Continue reading

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A taxonomy of tourney coaches: eight classes of experience and success

I tend to think about coaches in groups. You’ve probably read something from me about rookie coaches making their first trip to the dance. And in the last two years, I’ve discovered the surprising weakness of what I call “snakebit” … Continue reading

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Great follow-up to post on snake-bit coaches

Insider Tom Stephenson sent me an excellent analysis of old snake-bit coaches who got the monkey off their backs and made it to the Elite Eight. Here’s what he wrote: Interesting note: here’s a list of snake-bit coaches who have … Continue reading

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Revisiting the “Law of the Snake-bit Coach”

I just finished the Insiders “2014 Seed Guide.” It’s always a huge undertaking, not quite as taxing as getting the Excel sheet and bracket models out the door after Selection Sunday, but a lot of research and data queries. As … Continue reading

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Top 20 active tourney coaches rated

The last few blogs have focused on coaching performance in the tourney. Considering that the champions are almost always led by experienced coaches with a solid record of success, it’s important to know which coaches tend to overachieve and which … Continue reading

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Ten worst tourney coaches

Last week, I looked at the top performing coaches in the tourney, both in terms of overall success and performance against expectations. When it comes time to fill out your bracket, you’ll want to remember those coaches. History shows that … Continue reading

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Coach K most successful tourney coach, but Beilein biggest overachiever

The 64-team tourney has been in place for 29 years—and Mike Krzyzewski has played in 28 of them. He’s also cut down the nets four times since 1985, twice as many as any other coach. So it should come as … Continue reading

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Mountain Worst…and coaching performance musings

Leading up to the 2013 tourney, I kept saying in all my interviews that the Mountain West teams would have to prove it to me before I went with them too deep in my bracket. After all, if you look … Continue reading

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A taxonomy of coaches: eight classes of experience and success

I’ve done several blogs about the tourney performance of individual coaches. But in the development of guidelines for picking toss-up and upset games, I tend to think about coaches in groups. You’ve probably read something from me about rookie coaches … Continue reading

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