Coaches to watch this season

ESPN.com experts note some of the coaches to watch this season.

Originally Published: October 12, 2005
By ESPN.com experts

Sure, you'll see the big-name coaches you know all season on ABC and ESPN's family of networks, but what about those a little lower on the radar? Our experts suggest some head coaches you should be watching this season.

Bilas' three coaches to watch
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1. Mark Fox (Nevada)
In his first year in the big chair, Fox guided his team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after dispatching Texas in the RCA Dome. Don't let the glasses and loafers fool you. Fox is smart, tough and has a great sense of who he is and how he wants things done. He is not a "players' coach." He is just a winner. Nevada was not a great shooting team, but a very good team nonetheless. Fox is a young star in the business.

2. Darrin Horn (W. Kentucky)
Horn may look young -- partly because he is -- but he is a worker and pays attention to detail. He is bright, attentive and understands the game and how it should be played. This year, Horn has a schedule that will test his team, and he has the savvy to handle it, bumps in the road and all. Horn is a standout.

3. Travis Ford (UMass)
The last two times I have seen Travis Ford outside of the NCAA Tournament has been at other coaches' practices. Ford studies the game and is a great student. He took an exceedingly difficult job at Eastern Kentucky and turned the program into a winner. Now at UMass, expect the Minutemen to play faster and use a lot of ball screens -- and win. Ford is the right guy at the right time in Amherst.

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