Top 5 Big East Coaches
Thompson Jr., Boeheim, Pitino, Calhoun. Those are the names of coaches that helped to make the now “old” Big East the premier basketball conference in the NCAA. Juicy TV contracts and prized recruits will help bolster the new conference, but coaches will determine the success of the new Big East.
5. Oliver Purnell, DePaul
Yes, a top five coach coaches DePaul. What Oliver Purnell has done throughout his career, though, has been nothing short of amazing. Purnell has taken four struggling programs and turned them into NCAA Tournament teams. Radford University was Purnell’s most spectacular magician’s act. He flipped Radford’s record from 7-22 to 22-7 in his first year at the helm. Purnell, however, has certainly accepted his steepest hill to climb at DePaul. Although their records haven’t been very indicative, the Blue Demons have slowly been getting better. Purnell gained his first commitment from an ESPN 100 recruit when lured Class of 2013 point guard Billy Garrett, Jr. to DePaul.
4. Steve Lavin, St. John’s
Unlike Oliver Purnell’s teams, Lavin’s UCLA team unfortunately got worse the longer he was at the program. Lavin started off his career at UCLA in 1996-1997 with a conference championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight. His teams started slipping, though, culminating in his final season at UCLA when his team went 10-19 and missed the NCAA Tournament.
At St. John’s, though, the team seems to be on the upswing. In his... Read More