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Jan. 2, 2017

The Class of 2017 will be announced in April in Phoenix, AZ

BOSTON, MA --- The ten finalists for the inaugural Runway to the Fashionable 4 Hall of Fame were announced on Monday. The class of 2017 will be officially announced this April in Phoenix, site of the Division I men’s Basketball Championship.

March 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Runway to the Fashionable 4, which began in 1998 as a 16-coach event. In 2000 the field expanded to 64 coaches and in 2001 the Assistant Coach Tournament was established for the first time.

Villanova’s Jay Wright and former Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint have each won four fashion titles, which is the most in Runway history. Current Detroit head coach Bacari Alexander won seven Assistant Coach Championships.

The 20th Runway to the Fashionable will begin in March.


Bacari Alexander: The 7-time champion on the catwalk has advanced to the Fashionable 4 nine times. He made 12 consecutive appears in the Fashion Tournament and is the only coach to appear in the Fashionable 4 with four different schools (Detroit, Michigan, Ohio and Western Michigan). He also the only coach to ever be crowned most fashionable with three different schools (Detroit, Michigan and Western Michigan).

Jay Bilas: One of the most stylish sports analysts in America, Bilas was one of the first members of the national media to embrace the fashion frenzy. The man who once described his fashion sense as being “very ill considered,” Bilas has been taken his attire to a new level since joining ESPN in 1995. Known for his signature Cary Grant pocket square, Bilas has succeeded in making the Blue Suede Shoes more famous than Elvis.

John Calipari: He is one of just five coaches in history to compete in all 19 Fashion Tournaments and has made three appearances in the Fashionable 4. Being crowned best-dressed is about the only thing Calipari has not achieved in his coaching career, but he has made a great contribution to style by producing five assistant coaches who went on to be Runway Champions (Bruiser Flint - 4 and Orlando Antigua - 1). That’s the most in the history of the tournament.

Tim Capstraw: Known less for his fashion-sense and more for his creativity, Capstraw is the Dr. James Naismith of style points. The former Wagner head coach is credited with creating the fashion event in 1998. While he was only involved with the event for two years, his contributions are immeasurable and his wit and wisdom helped to lay the fashion foundation for the future. Capstraw got his start in coaching at Siena with Mike Deane who he later described as being one of the worst-dressed coaches in basketball history.

James "Bruiser" Flint: One of the true all-time fashion greats, Flint is one of only two coaches to ever win four titles (2001, 2005, 2010, and 2015) and one of five coaches to appear in all 19 Fashion Tournaments. The lavishing legend, who often recruited at Boyd’s in Philadelphia, advanced to the Fashionable eight times during his career and still holds the record of 81 consecutive weeks (regular season) being ranked No. 1 in the Fashion Power Index (FPI).

Sal Mentesana: One of the true pioneers of style, the former Lehigh coach appeared in the first five fashion tournaments (1998-2002) and made three consecutive appearances in the Fashionable 4, winning it all in 2000. Mentesana’s walk on the catwalk in 2000 was chronicled by John Feinstein in his book, “The Last Amateurs,” which went in-depth on the Patriot League. Magnificent Mentesana was known for his signature cashmere socks.

Rick Pitino: One of the most debonair coaches to ever walk the sidelines and the catwalk. The two-time Fashionable 4 champion (2009, 2014) is one of five coaches to appear in all 19 Fashion Tournaments. Pitino forever changed the fashion world on February 9, 2008 when he sported the now infamous “white suit.” ESPN’s Jay Bilas described it as ‘a choice that would have made Colonel Sanders cry fowl.’ Nevertheless he considered by many to the most stylish coach of all-time.

Gary Waters: The three-time champion (2003, 2008 and 2012) has made six Fashionable 4 appearances and has been to 17 consecutive Fashion Tournaments. He also has the distinction of being the only head coach to ever advance to the Fashionable 4 with three different schools (Cleveland State, Kent State and Rutgers). Recognized for signature 4-point play with the pocket square, Waters has amassed one of the world’s greatest shoe collections of all-time.

Willis Wilson: One of the most regal to ever step on to the catwalk. Wilson has advanced to the Fashionable 4 a tournament record 11 times. One of just five coaches to ever appear in all 19 Fashion Tournaments, Wilson was crowned best-dressed in 2002 and again in 2007. He was part of the 2005 Fashionable 4, which is still the only one to have 4 former champions (Neil Dougherty, TCU; Bruiser Flint, Drexel; and Jay Wright, Villanova).

Jay Wright: The Vince Lombardi of style, Wright captured the first two Fashion crowns in the 1998 and 99, while coaching at Hofstra. Wright is one of only two coaches to win four championships and he is second only to Willis Wilson for most Fashionable 4 appearances with 10. Wright is also one of just five coaches to appear in all 19 Fashion Tournament. Analysts have called him “George Clooney,” “Elvis” and arguably the most fashionable coach in history,



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