These 10 honorable mentions are presented alphabetically:
Clair Bee, Long Island University (1931-43)—The first of Bee’s two tenures at LIU (he took two years off to fight in World War II) included a pair of undefeated seasons in 1935-36 and 1938-39. That ’38-’39 team also won the first of Bee’s two NIT titles.
Pete Carril, Princeton (1967-96)—The Ivy League’s all-time coaching wins leader, Carril won 514 games, 11 conference titles, four NCAA tournament games and the 1975 NIT title. Despite all that, a 1989 tournament loss to Georgetown may remain the most famous moment of his tenure.
John Chaney, Temple (1982-2006)—The Owls hadn’t won an NCAA tournament game since 1958 when Chaney arrived. Starting in his second season, Chaney won seven in a five-year span. He won 516 games and still ranks as one of the best to never reach a Final Four.
E.A. Diddle, Western Kentucky (1922-64)—Diddle won 759 games in a 42-year stint in Bowling Green. Of those seasons, only five were of the losing variety. Only three NCAA bids, but he won three games in those trips.
Fran Dunphy, Penn (1989-2006)—After three years of getting his bearings in his first college head coaching job, Dunphy and his Quakers stomped to nine Ivy League titles in 14 years.
Nat Holman, City College of New York (1919-52)—The bulk of Holman’s coaching career predated the NCAA tournament, but he did reach the 1947 Final Four and win the 1950 title. For good measure, his Beavers won the NIT in 1950, too. No one’s doing that again.
John Kresse, College of Charleston (1991-2002)—The seasons listed are only Kresse’s years at the helm of Charleston as a full Division I member. Overall, he won 560 games in a 23-year career. Once the Cougars were eligible for a conference title, they never failed to win one, taking five straight in the Atlantic Sun and four straight in the Southern Conference.
Bob McKillop, Davidson (pictured) (1989-present)—From 1970-93, Davidson had all of two 20-win seasons. Since the 1993-94 campaign, McKillop’s forged 11. He also won nine SoCon titles in the last 12 years and, perhaps most importantly, he’s the guy who recruited Stephen Curry.
Stew Morrill, Utah State (1998-present)—Morrill’s won 74 percent of his games in Logan, 366 in all entering this season. He’s elevated the program’s profile to the point that it’s now entering its third conference during his time in charge. His teams took three regular-season titles in the Big West and four more in the WAC.
Jack Ramsay, St. Joseph’s (1955-66)—Dr. Jack won at a .765 clip during his stint at his alma mater, making either the NIT or NCAA tournaments 10 times in his 11 seasons. Included in those bids is a trip to the 1961 Final Four, although the postseason wins were later vacated due to player involvement with gamblers.
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