Best College Coach

Jim Christian,
Kent State Basketball

In four years of coaching the Golden Flashes, Christian has led the squad to four straight 20-win seasons -- one of only 10 active coaches in Division I hoops to do so. Last season, with 10 underclassmen, his Golden Flashes held tough on the road against perennial tournament teams Syracuse and Southern Illinois, knocked off postseason regular Butler in overtime, and stayed close against Pitt in the NCAA tourney. More important, his kids kept their eyes on the prize, storming through their MAC schedule and the conference tournament to finish with 22 wins. Kent could get used to playing in March.