The number of Division I men’s college basketball head coaches is negligible, roughly equivalent to the population of small towns like Arroyo Alto, Texas; East Germantown, Indiana; Raven Landing, California; or Altamahau, North Carolina. Not all head coach positions are necessarily elite, but the title itself is a scarce commodity.
However, unlike those in small towns, men’s college basketball head coaches largely stick to a certain type. It is quite clear that, as of 2022, such coaches are still men anyway.
Here are a few other distinguishing characteristics – demographics, professional and biographical – about the 363 men who will be strutting around talking about “culture building” and taking a time out or two this season.
First Division head coaches are generally new to their current job.
As many as 31% are in their current position in either the first or second season. Indeed, 61% of all Division I head coaches have spent less than five full seasons in their current positions.
This year, at least 53 head coaches are having their first season in their program. New arrivals range in age from 35 (John Shayer at Duke) to 74 (Fran Dunphy at La Salle).
At the other extreme in terms of tenure is, of course, Jim Boeheim, who won his first win as head coach of Syracuse under the Ford administration on November 26, 1976. How long ago was that? Nearly a third (32.5%) of today’s Men’s Division I head coaches were born after this date.
How long ago was the second part?