THE 9 ACTIVE COACHES WHO WON THE NCAA TOURNAMENT AS PLAYERS
When the 2020-21 college basketball season tips off Nov. 25, there will be nine head coaches roaming the sidelines who better understand the grind of a full season than most. That’s because these coaches won NCAA championships as players. Here’s a little refresher on the nine active coaches who cut the nets down at the Final Four.
First a TL/DR version:
Steve Alford, Indiana (1987) — Nevada head coach
Kenny Blakeney, Duke (1992) — Howard head coach
Juan Dixon, Maryland (2002) — Coppin State head coach
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown (1984) — Georgetown head coach
Bobby Hurley, Duke (1991,1992) — Arizona State head coach
Steve Masiello, Kentucky (1998) — Manhattan head coach
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On the lives of Lute Olson and John Thompson
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