Coaching Greats

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Northern Arizona's Mike Adras

December 7th, 2011
Mike Adras looks to lead NAU back to the Big Dance

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with current Northern Arizona head coach Mike Adras. During his time in Flagstaff, Adras has led the Lumberjacks to a pair of conference titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Jon Teitel: You were an assistant at Northern Arizona under Coach Ben Howland. What made Howland such a great coach, and what was the most important lesson you learned from him? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Iowa State & Michigan's Johnny Orr

November 18th, 2011
Johnny Orr won 427 games at Michigan & Iowa State

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with Johnny Orr, who won a combined 427 games at Michigan and Iowa State while also leading the schools to a combined ten NCAA Tournament appearances. Orr led Michigan to the 1976 NCAA title game, where they fell to fellow Big Ten member Indiana, who capped the final undefeated season in NCAA history with the win.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats": Jacksonville and Furman's Joe Williams

November 6th, 2011
Joe Williams (right) led Jacksonville to the 1970 title gameIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer spent some time with Joe Williams, who put together impressive runs at both Jacksonville and Furman. During his time at JU Williams led the Dolphins to an NCAA title game appearance, coaching Artis Gilmore and Rex Morgan on that 1970 team. Williams also led Furman to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure there.

Jon Teitel: According to my interview of Artis Gilmore, you had no training rules and scribbled scouting reports on the backs of envelopes.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Florida State and Georgia's Hugh Durham

October 27th, 2011
Hugh Durham led 2 programs to their lone Final Four appearancesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Hugh Durham. During his time as a college coach Durham led two programs (Florida State and Georgia) to their first (and to this date only) Final Four appearances, with Florida State losing to UCLA in the 1972 NCAA title game.

Jon Teitel: You were a highly-recruited athlete coming out of Eastern (KY) HS (all-state QB and all-region in basketball), and as a basketball player at Florida State your 18.9 career PPG is still top 10 in school history.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Saint Mary's Randy Bennett

October 16th, 2011
Randy Bennett has taken Saint Mary's to new heightsIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett, who has won 208 games and led the Gaels to three NCAA appearances during his time in Moraga. Under Bennett's watch the Gaels have become a perennial contender in the West Coast Conference, with the high point being their Sweet 16 appearance in 2010.

Jon Teitel: Before becoming team captain at UCSD in the 1980s you played basketball at Mesa Community College for your father Tom (who never had a losing season in 19 years).

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Northern Colorado's George Sage

October 5th, 2011
Dr. George Sage was also a great baseball player at UNCIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Northern Colorado head coach Dr. George Sage. In five seasons in Greeley Dr. Sage went 95-36 and led the Bears to four conference titles. Dr. Sage also played baseball and basketball at UNC, with one of his achievements being a win in the 1955 College World Series over USC.

Jon Teitel: You played basketball and baseball at UNC (including a 6-hitter in a 2-1 win over USC in the 1955 College World Series).

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: DePaul's Ray Meyer

September 25th, 2011
DePaul coaching legend Ray Meyer

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer discussed the career of the late Ray Meyer with his son Joey. In 42 seasons at DePaul Meyer won 724 games and coached legendary players such as George Mikan and Mark Aguirre. 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Texas A&M's Shelby Metcalf

September 15th, 2011
Shelby Metcalf won five SWC titles at Texas A&M

In the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Texas A&M SID Alan Cannon discussing the coaching career of the late Shelby Metcalf. In 27 years in College Station, Metcalf won 438 games and led the Aggies to five NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Jon Teitel: Metcalf was an All-American guard at East Texas State (now TX A&M-Commerce), where he helped lead the team to the 1955 NAIA national title. How good a player was he back then, and what did it mean to him to win the title? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Nebraska's Danny Nee

September 6th, 2011
Danny Nee led Nebraska to 5 NCAA appearancesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer spent some time with former Nebraska head coach Danny Nee. During his time in Lincoln, Nee led the Cornhuskers to five NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT title in 1996. Nee is now the head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Jon Teitel: One of your teammates at Power Memorial HS was Lew Alcindor, who said that you were "a tough guy ("he thought he was the reincarnation of Jack Dempsey"). What was it like to play with Alcindor, and what made you so tough? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Hawaii's Riley Wallace

August 20th, 2011
Riley Wallace led UH to three NCAA Tournament appearancesIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace. In twenty seasons on the "big island" Coach Wallace led UH to two WAC titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Jon Teitel: You averaged 10+ points per game during your career at Centenary, and later became assistant coach at your alma mater after recruiting Robert Parish. How good a player were you back in the day, and how did you convince Parish to come there?