Coaches on the rise

Originally Published: September 12, 2003
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

ESPN.com's Andy Katz takes a look at current assistant coaches who could become Division I head coaches in the coming years:

Doug Wojcik, Michigan State: Wojcik could have pushed for the Baylor job if he wanted it, but gave the Bears a courtesy interview to test their interest. He wasn't tarnished at all by getting "forced out" with Matt Doherty at North Carolina. Wojcik is a star on the rise that has the pedigree (Navy, Notre Dame, Carolina, Michigan State) to do well beyond the news conference.

John Treloar, Indiana: Treloar interviewed for Baylor, too, and is a hot name among any rebuilding chores. Treloar was a head coach in the CBA and is Mike Davis' trusted sidekick on the Bloomington bench. Treloar has the patience to take over a program in peril and is only a year or two away from getting his chance.

Frank Haith, Texas: Getting to the Final Four helped his profile and so does the exposure that Rick Barnes gives his assistants. Haith has roots in Carolina (with Wake Forest) and in Texas. He could be a sell in the East, the South or the Southwest. His time is only a year or two away unless he remains content to stay as one of the top assistants in the Big 12.

Anthony Grant, Florida: Grant has a great gig next to Billy Donovan, but if he wants to get out and take over a job in the South or the mid-Atlantic, he's a great fit. He's done wonders recruiting the nation and is well-respected among his peers.

Tom Moore, Connecticut: Moore should get plenty of play off of being on the staff of the preseason No. 1 team this season. Moore is getting out more as a recruiter and should be a hit for any opening in the Northeast. He nearly went non-Division I a few years ago, but he'll get better offers soon.

Dave Dickerson, Maryland: Gary Williams' top assistant had a chance at some jobs in the past two off-seasons, but that shouldn't make him any less desirable. He's still a well-respected assistant in the ACC who has a long reach in recruiting beyond the mid-Atlantic boarders.

Norm Roberts, Kansas: Roberts has been Bill Self's trusted assistant at Tulsa, Illinois and now Kansas. He's well known in the Midwest and in his native Northeast. Roberts' recruiting has been sensational and he's still regarded as one of the true "good guys" in the business.

Tony Benford, Arizona State: Rob Evans owes some gratitude to Benford's hard-working recruiting that has helped the Sun Devils get back to the NCAA Tournament. Benford is also one of the better scouting coaches and has helped the Sun Devils become a tougher team to face in the Pac-10. He's in line for a job in the Southwest when one becomes available.

Sean Sutton, Oklahoma State: Sutton interviewed for Clemson and was a candidate at Murray State. But he makes so much more sense to succeed his father at Oklahoma State. He has been instrumental in the recruiting and coaching of the Cowboys as they continue to be an NCAA Tournament team.

Mike Hopkins, Syracuse: He could have pushed hard for St. Bonaventure after the Orangemen won the national title but was content to stay put. He's still in line to grab one of the best jobs in the Northeast when they become available. He's got the personality and the coaching genes (working for the well-respected Jim Boeheim among coaching colleagues).

Rodney Tention, Arizona: His name pops up for mid-major jobs in the West Coast and that trend will continue in the near future. He'll get one of them soon because of his tireless work ethic and attachment to the premier program on the West Coast.

Sean Miller, Xavier: Miller is quickly becoming the hot young assistant in the country and is keeping the Musketeers at the national level in recruiting and on the court. Miller is beloved in Pittsburgh and would be a natural for any job in the industrial Northeast.

Jeff Strohm, Marquette: If Tom Crean had gone to Illinois then Strohm would have been a serious candidate to take over for him. Strohm learned from Rick Majerus and is now a full member of the Tom Izzo-offspring. His work ethic is at the top of his profession and he continues to score points with the Eagles' transformation the past year.

Sean Kearney, Notre Dame: He was with Mike Brey at Delaware and he's stuck with him at Notre Dame. He's the glue for this staff and in line to get a job in the next two seasons. Kearney is becoming even more well known and the Irish's renewed importance in college basketball helps his cause.

Jimmy Patsos, Maryland: Williams could lose both of his assistants in the near future. Patsos was a finalist at Fordham and nearly took a job with UCLA's Ben Howland but decided at staying with Williams. He's personable, connected in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast area and as hungry as the rest of these names on this list for a D-I job.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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