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The Next Generation of DI Head Coaches


photo courtesy of Cam Kramer

It’s a rite of passage every year in the spring. Invariably the NCAA coaching carousel will spin. Once it begins, coaches are shuffled all over the country. Sometimes it will take a head coach from a small school to a major conference. Today we’re looking at some of the notable assistant coaches that could be ready to fill a head coaching void in the future. When, well, we’re not sure. Last year, there was minimal head coaching movement and only one assistant moved up. Whenever that time comes, these are three excellent candidates. TOM had some help with this list. We reached out to some current head coaches who recommended these assistants, plus they added some commentary as to why each is special. 

For this look, we tried to keep it to “young” assistants, once that were less than ten years removed from their collegiate career. So those fans of Terry Brands, Casey Cunningham, and Donny Pritzlaff, they are all great coaches, but this is limited to the younger crop of assistants.

This also was done without any inside information about movement by these assistants or should not be used to judge their long-term job security at their current institutions. 

Adam Hall (NC State)

Adam Hall is getting ready to start his fifth season in Raleigh as an assistant under Pat Popolizio, but this will be his first with the title of Associate Head Coach. Before his arrival at NC State, Hall spent four years as an assistant at Columbia. An Idaho native, Adam stayed in-state to wrestle in college for Boise State, where he would become a two-time All-American for the Broncos in 2010 and 2011. 

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