ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton of the ACC Champion Florida State Seminoles (24-9 – 3rd Seed in East Region) heads an emerging basketball program in a region revered for its national powers on the gridiron. And in the talent-rich ACC -a basketball conference traditionally run by the bluebloods of Duke and North Carolina. But in his 10th season in Tallahassee, Hamilton’s Seminoles blew out the Tarheels and shocked the Blue Devils in the regular season, only to defeat both teams again on consecutive days to win their first ACC Basketball Championship.
Hamilton heads an impressive list of Black coaches who plan to make more than just a “good showing” in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Tommy Amaker- Harvard Crimson (26-4) 12th Seed East Region
John Thompson III – Georgetown Hoyas (23-8) 3rd Seed Midwest Region
Frank Haith – Missouri Tigers (30-4) 2nd Seed in West Region
Anthony Grant – Alabama Crimson Tide (21-11) 9th Seed in Midwest Region
Shaka Smart – Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (28-6) 12th Seed in South Region
Stan Heath – University of South Florida Bulls (20-13) 12th Seed in Midwest Region (Play-in)
Anthony Evans – Norfolk State Spartans (25-9) 15th Seed in West Region
Sean Woods – Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (21-12) 16th Seed in South Region (Play-in)
Ray McCallum – University of Detroit Titans (22-13) 15th Seed in Midwest Region
*I gave the field a quick glance over – my sincere apologies to any coach that was not mentioned.*