Anyone in charge of hiring coaches should look to the young guns.
Today, 36 year old Mike Boynton made history. He can say that he beat Bill Self and Bob Huggins on their home floor in the same year. Only one other team in the history of college basketball has done that. (2013 Oklahoma State). In his first year as head coach, Boynton boasts wins over Self, Huggins, Lon Kruger and Leonard Hamilton. All of which are Hall-of-Famers. Boynton’s poise, youthfulness and success is evident. But … he’s not the only young coach that has come out guns-a-blazing.
Take Lincoln Riley for instance. The 34 year old took the reins of one of college football’s name brand schools, and was one play away from coaching in the National Championship. His predecessor, Bob Stoops, won the National Championship in just his second year as OU’s skipper.
Brad Stevens, who was around Boynton’s age, when he was coaching at Butler, recorded wins against Duke and deep NCAA Tournament runs. Today, as a young-pup, by NBA standards, he has his Celtics riding high in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Holliday was in his mid-thirties when Oklahoma State tabbed him as baseball coach. What did he do? Hosted a regional in his first year, and has yet to miss the postseason.
Steve Kerr, who had never coached basketball at a significant level, while not young, took over Golden State and turned them into a UConn women’s basketball-esque team.
The younger coaches have a sense of the evolution of their specific sport, recruiting ties, relation to the players, and fresh, energetic knowledge of the game.
Never count out the young coach. Anyone, who didn’t, absolutely, swoon over the hire of any of the above coaches is biting their tongue now. The young guys are winning, and show no sign of stopping.
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