BLANEY (Stony Brook): Blaney has emerged as one of the bright
young assistants, under the tutelage of Nick Macarchuk. Now in his
fifth season at Stony Brook, the young Blaney is both genuine and
loyal. An avid fly fisherman, he has competed in the New York and
the Montauk Triathlons. Also, Blaney recently competed in a
commemorative bike ride, sponsored by WORLD TEAM SPORTS, which
began at Ground Zero and ended at the Pentagon. The event covered
277 miles and involved over 1,200 riders.
BRENNAN (Vermont): Bob Ryan tabbed him as young Robert
Redford. The charismatic Brennan isn't exactly the "Horse
Whisperer," but he is one of the most well-liked coaches in
America. Seemingly forever loved in Burlington, VT, Brennan is one
of the friendliest and personable people in the profession. And he
is also one of the most entertaining. Following a three-win
season, early in his career, Brennan said nobody in America was
paid more per win than himself. He's an original classic.
BROWN (Portland): This recently married 33-year old coach has
been a valuable part of head coach Michael Holton's staff. His
primary responsibilities include everything from recruiting and
on-court player development to conditioning and planning. Brown, a
former second-team all-South Coast Conference guard at El Camino,
has completed two Los Angeles Marathons in the past four years.
The energetic assistant has helped the Pilots to a much-improved
campaign in 2003-04. He has a very bright future in coaching.
BUCKLEY (Ball State): Coach Buckley is as unassuming as they
come. It is difficult if not impossible to find any coach that has
nothing but the best things to say about this coach. On the court,
he has done a terrific job since taking over for Ray McCallum. But
he is not one that takes well to compliments about his efforts as
a coach. Self-absorbed he is not. Down-to-earth is an expression
often thrown around, but the three words were almost written with
Buckley in mind.
CAPEL (VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH): Phenomenal. That is the best
way to describe the job he has done in his short time at VCU. The
former Duke standout has all the makings of a big time coach. When
he was promoted to head coach, Capel was the youngest head coach
in America at the ripe-old age of 27. Capel joined the VCU family
in 2001-02 as an assistant coach. He came to VCU after serving as
an assistant coach at Old Dominion during the 2000-01 season.
During last season, Capel assisted in scouting and on-floor
preparation, in addition to having many administrative duties with
the Rams program.
COLLIER (Nebraska): Barry is as genuine as they come, but his
persona is somewhat misunderstood. While he is a first class
individual, Collier is thought to be tight-vested and without much
personality. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Coach
Collier is actually a very engaging individual, with quite a sense
of humor. But it's his uncompromising integrity, which has made
every place he has coached a better place, what he is best known
for. He is easily one of the most likeable people in the coaching
DAKICH (Bowling Green): Coach Dakich tells it like it is. If
you are afraid you might not like the answer then don't ask Dan
Dakich the question. And if he is not happy about being on this
list he will undoubtedly let me know. In addition to being
straight forward, Dakich is also of the most loyal in the
business. If Dan Dakich is your friend then you have a friend for
life. In addition, Dakich is also an excellent coach, having
learned from the best (Bob Knight disciple). And like a lot of
coaches, he is a bit superstitious. Two years ago he continued to
wear his sport coat backwards because his team kept winning. Yes
he actually would walk onto the court with his coat on in reverse.
DAVIS (ESPN): There are a lot of media personalities that seem
sweet and charming on the air, but when the light goes red so does
their warm and fuzzy personality. Unfortunately there are too many
of those types to count, but Rece is certainly not one of them. Of
all the media people I have ever met, no one has been more
professional then Davis. That Southern gentleman approach is
actually the real Rece Davis. The host of College Game Night,
Davis brings a lot of wit and wisdom to the tube. And put a New
York Yankee cap on him and he's a dead ringer for Mike Mussina.
DOUGHERTY (Texas Christian): He spent seven years as an assistant to
Roy Williams. Enough said. But he also has a connection with Roy's
rival at Duke. Dougherty, attended the United States Military
Academy in West Point, N.Y. At Army, he was recruited by and
played one year for Mike Krzyzewski. He played several games as a
freshman and was a part-time starter as a sophomore under coach
Pete Gaudet. The 42-year old Dougherty has all the makings of a
future star and the people at TCU should be thrilled to have him
working his trade for the Horned Frogs.
EATON (Holy Cross): Soon after he burst into the fashion power
index, last season, Eaton became an immediate favorite among the
women in Worcester, MA. Sorry ladies, but he is happily married.
Eaton is a very humble individual, almost embarrassed that his
attire got him a spot in the FPI. In his fourth season at Holy
Cross, Eaton is the senior member of head coach Ralph Willard's
staff. As a player at UMass-Dartmouth, he played on three teams,
which advanced to NCAA Tournament. The 1992-93 squad reached the
Final Four while the 1993-94 team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
He will get his shot, in the not-too-distant future, to be a head
- Angela Lento, CollegeInsider.com