Coaching Greats

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": UCSB's Bob Williams

August 7th, 2012
Bob Williams has led UCSB to three NCAA appearancesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" series CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with current UCSB head coach Bob Williams, the lone coach in this series to represent two schools in the same conference. Williams led UC Davis as a Division II school, building the program up to the point where he won a national title in 1998. From there Williams moved on to UCSB, where he's led the Gauchos to three NCAA tournament appearances and five Big West titles.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Western Illinois' Jack Margenthaler

July 25th, 2012
Jack Margenthaler led WIU to three conference titlesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Western Illinois head coach Jack Margenthaler. In fifteen seasons at the school, Margenthaler led the Leathernecks to 221 victories, three conference titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. Both of Margenthaler's sons are currently college assistants, and one-time pupil Scott Nagy led South Dakota State to their first-ever tournament appearance back in March.

Jon Teitel: You were a two-time All-State basketball player at Pinckneyville High School.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Prairie View A&M's Elwood Plummer

July 14th, 2012
Elwood Plummer led PVUAM to the 1998 NCAA tournament

As part of his "Coaching Greats" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel recently caught up with former Prairie View A&M head coach Elwood Plummer. Plummer's teams went through some rough times but did manage to earn the school's first-ever NCAA appearance in 1998. 

Jon Teitel: In the early 1960s you were a two-time all-conference player at San Antonio College. Why did you decide to attend San Antonio, and how good a player were you back then?

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Lamar and Houston's Pat Foster

June 30th, 2012
Pat Foster won 134 games at LamarIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Pat Foster, who went 134-39 in six seasons at Lamar. From there Foster went on to Houston, where he led the Cougars to multiple NCAA tournament appearances. Before becoming a head coach Foster was an assistant at his alma mater (Arkansas) under Eddie Sutton, and the Razorbacks reached the Final Four in 1978.

Jon Teitel: You were an All-SWC basketball player at Arkansas and played first base on the baseball team.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Chattanooga and VCU's Mack McCarthy

June 17th, 2012
Mack McCarthy led Chattanooga to 5 NCAA appearancesIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Chattanooga, VCU and East Carolina head coach Mack McCarthy. During his time at Chattanooga McCarthy led the Mocs to their lone Sweet 16 appearance in 1997, knocking off Georgia and Illinois before falling to Providence in Birmingham. McCarthy won 243 games at Chattanooga and led the Mocs to five NCAA appearances and eight conference titles.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Alabama's Wimp Sanderson

June 2nd, 2012
Wimp Sanderson won 265 games at Alabama

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Wimp Sanderson, who was the head coach at Alabama from 1980 to 1992. While known for his plaid blazers, Sanderson also led the Crimson Tide to 265 wins and ten NCAA tournament appearances. 

Jon Teitel: You were famous for wearing plaid sport jackets on the sidelines. Why plaid?

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Bucknell's Charlie Woollum

May 22nd, 2012
Woollum's 1987 team made Bucknell's first NCAA appearanceIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Bucknell and William & Mary head coach Charlie Woollum. Woollum won 318 games at Bucknell and led the Bison to two NCAA tournament appearances, winning seven regular season conference titles. Woollum is now a color commentator for both William & Mary (his alma mater) and CN8.

Jon Teitel: In 1960 as a player at William & Mary you split the regular season series with West Virginia before losing to them in the Southern Conference tournament.

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats: Jacksonville State's Bill Jones

May 14th, 2012
Bill Jones won 449 games at his alma mater

In the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spoke with former Jacksonville State head coach Bill Jones. In 24 seasons at the school Jones won 449 games and a Division II national title, and was good enough in slow-pitch softball as a pitcher to become a Hall of Famer in that sport as well.  

Jon Teitel: You played basketball at Marshall County High School for legendary coach Tom Richey. What made Richey such a great coach, and what was the most important thing you ever learned from him?

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats: CCSU's Bill Detrick

May 4th, 2012
Bill Detrick also coached golf at Trinity (CT) College

In the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" series, CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with former Central Connecticut State head coach Bill Detrick. During his time in New Britain Detrick, whose name now adorns the Blue Devils' home arena, won 468 games and helped the program transition to Division I.

Jon Teitel: You went to college at Central Connecticut State, where you played football, basketball and baseball. Which sport were you best at, and which one did you enjoy the most?

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats: Lamar, Oklahoma and TCU's Billy Tubbs

April 25th, 2012
Billy Tubbs led three different schools to the Big Dance

In the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN's Jon Teitel caught up with Billy Tubbs, who led three different schools to the NCAA tournament during his career. At TCU Tubbs won 156 games, leading the Horned Frogs to their last NCAA appearance (1998) during his time in Fort Worth. Also to his credit are multiple tournament appearances at both Lamar and Oklahoma, losing to Kansas in the 1988 national title game when at OU.