D1 College Basketball Coaches that started at the high school level

I am working on a list of D1 head college basketball coaches that started at the high school level.  Of course by working I mean asking Hoop Coach members for assistance.

Here is what I have so far:

  • John Bielien University of Michigan- New Fane HS - 1975 - 1978
  • Bo Ryan Wisconsin - Sun Valley High School 1974 - 1976
  • Tubby Smith Minnesota- Great Mills High School 1973-77 and Hoke County High School 1977-1979
  • Mike Brey Notre Dame- Assistant coach  DeMatha Catholic High School
  • Duggar Baucom VMI - North Mecklenburg High School
  • Jim Calhoun UConn - 4 years HS in Northeast
  • Rob Murphy Eastern Michigan - Detroit Crockett High School
  • Bob Knight Indiana - Cuyahoga Falls JV Coach
  • Steve Hawkins Western Michigan - Villanova Prep and St. Bonaventure
  • John Wooden-former UCLA head coach-2 years at Dayton High School in Kentucky, 9 years at South Bend Central High School
  • Dick Vitale- former University of Detroit (1973-1977) and Rutgers head coach (1971-1973)- Garfield Elementary and High School as well as East Rutherford High School (1959-1970)
  • Roy Williams UNC - Five years at Charles D. Owen High School
  • Mark Few 1983-88 Creswell HS Oregon would be another one
  • Frank Martin - 8 years JV and 6 years Varsity in Miami

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Comment by Len Busch on February 25, 2014 at 6:53pm

Steve Fisher, 10 years coaching HS in South Suburban Il in the 70's.  

Comment by Kevin VanDyke on February 18, 2014 at 10:01pm

Pete Carril coached Reading, PA and Easton, PA for 12 years

Dale Brown coached HS from 57-66

Tom Izzo coached HS for a year to get started

Comment by Jon Tanzey on February 18, 2014 at 1:33pm

Nolan Richardson won a National Championship at JUCO (Texas Western) and at NCAA (Arkansas) levels. He began at El Paso (TX) Bowie HS.


Eddie Sutton coached at Tulsa (OK) Central HS prior to his time at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and San Francisco.


Comment by Phil church on February 18, 2014 at 10:44am
A very esteemed list. I would like to know HOW each coach was able to make the jump to the next level? What do you need to do as a high school coach to get in the mix to coach at the collegiate level?
Comment by Tom Varnum on February 18, 2014 at 9:26am

How about a couple of Massachusetts high school coaches who eventually won NCAA National Championships: Jim Calhoun coached at Dedham (MA) High before moving to Northeastern and then UConn. Rollie Massimino coached at Lexington (MA) High before eventually winning national title at Villanova.

Comment by Jason Durham on February 18, 2014 at 7:50am

Phil Martelli was a high school coach at Bishop Kenrick High in Norristown, PA from 1978-85. He had an assistant you may have heard of also by the name of Geno Auriemma

Comment by Jonathan Piazza on February 18, 2014 at 7:45am
Great Post
Comment by Sam Sisley on August 16, 2012 at 7:42pm

love this post. goes to show you can work your way up. john groce started out coaching freshmen at a high school in indiana, while also coaching tsylor university jv team at the same time

Comment by Coach Drew on March 14, 2012 at 10:10am

Nice. Thanks!

Comment by Brian Godziszewski on March 14, 2012 at 9:17am

Mark Few 1983-88 Creswell HS Oregon would be another one


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