The NCAA tournament is not only a tournament where champions are crowned, but it is also a tournament where coaches make their legacy. There are reasons why Cinderella stories happen. Yeah, they have players who fly under the radar all season long and finally get to show how good they are, but also, they have the most underrated coaches.
Brad Stevens of Butler and Shaka Smart of VCU are two coaches who were completely unknown until they led their teams to recent Cinderella runs in the NCAA tournament. Smart takes VCU from last 4 in the field, to the final 4 left in the field. No one knew anything about VCU or Shaka Smart, but quickly after that year, Smart has made a name for himself and his program.
Stevens went to back to back national championships as a Cinderella. Butler, Brad Stevens, the guy looks like he could still be playing college basketball, but now he is one of the most popular coaches in the nation.
This year two more coaches have made names for themselves. Andy Enfield and Gregg Marshall have become two coaches to remember. Enfield took Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16. Wow, the Sweet 16, you might think. They were the first ever 15 seed to reach that mark and they dominated their opponents. They didn’t barely escape to upset wins, they destroyed Georgetown and San Diego State.
Enfield quickly turned into a hot target and has already received interest in a power 6 conference coaching job.
Marshall has taken his Wichita State Shockers to the Final 4 as a nine seed! They didn’t get there as a fluke either. Marshall coached his team past the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in his region. His game plan against Ohio State couldn’t have worked out any better than it did.
If you were to ask me before this year’s NCAA tournament who Andy Enfield and Gregg Marshall coached, I wouldn’t of had a clue, but now how can you forget?