Mid-Major Rankings: Best Mid-Major Basketball Coaches In 2024

One of the only certainties of college basketball is that the coaching wheel will keep spinning. Win or move on – for most coaches, those are the only two options.'

Fresh on the heels of another end-of-season coaching churn, I scoured the hoops landscape to decide who are the best remaining mid-major coaches in 2024.'

Ranking the Best Mid-Major Coaches for 2024

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Rank Coach Team First Season
1 Mark Few Gonzaga 1999-2000
2 Mitch Henderson Princeton 2011-12
3 Tommy Amaker Harvard 2007-08
4 John Becker Vermont 2011-12
5 Tod Kowalczyk Toledo 2010-11
6 Eric Henderson S. Dakota State 2019-20
7 Randy Bennett Saint Mary's 2001-02
8 Bryce Drew Grand Canyon 2020-21
9 Ben Jacobson Northern Iowa 2006-07
10 James Jones Yale 1999-2000
11 Russell Turner UC Irvine 2010-11

Turner has finished first or second in the Big West 10 times since 2014. In 2019, Irvine won a program-best 31 games and upset Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.'

Jones is one of the longest-tenured coaches in college hoops right now. He's guided Yale to a top-3 finish in the Ivy League every season since 2013, including five first-place finishes. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2024, winning first-round games in '16 and '24.'

  
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