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Jacobs On The Changing Of The Guard

Thanks to you guys, Barry Jacobs is back for another season with DBR. He asked us to extend his gratitude to everyone who contributed to our recent fundraiser. Here is his first chart of the season

Only North Carolina's Dean Smith, recently inducted into a new College Basketball Hall of Fame, coached more seasons in the ACC than has Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Smith worked 36 years at Chapel Hill, the sole place he ever served as a head coach. Krzyzewski is in his 27th season at Durham following five seasons at the U.S. Military Academy.

So far, as head coaches Miami's Frank Haith and N.C. State's Sidney Lowe are, like Smith, exclusive to their current assignments.

Maryland's Gary Williams is now sixth in ACC tenure with 18 seasons at College Park, surpassing predecessors Bud Millikan and Lefty Driesell, each of whom directed the Terrapins for 17 years. Of those who coached at member schools since the ACC began play in the 1953-54 season, only Frank McGuire (25 seasons at North and then South Carolina), Wake Forest's Murray Greason (23 years from 1934-57) and N.C. State's Everett Case (19 seasons from 1947-64) coached longer in the league than Williams.

Remarkably, no active coaches except Krzyzewski and Williams have been on the ACC scene for more than seven seasons. Paul Hewitt is already third in ACC seniority, and he replaced Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech in 2000-01.


Listed By First Full Season, Including 2006-07
Year Coach, School ACC
Total As Head Coach, Schools
1981 Mike Krzyzewski, D 27 32 (Army)
1990 Gary Williams, M 18 28 (American, BC, Ohio State)
1998 Al Skinner, BC* 10 19 (Rhode Island)
2001 Paul Hewitt, GT 7 10 (Siena)
2002 Skip Prosser, WF 6 14 (Loyola of Md., Xavier)
2003 Leonard Hamilton, FSU 5 19 (Oklahoma State, Miami)
2004 Oliver Purnell, C 4 19 (Radford, ODU, Dayton)
Roy Williams, NC 4 19 (Kansas)
Seth Greenberg, VT* 4 17 (Long Beach State, South Florida)
2005 Frank Haith, Mi* 3 3
2006 Dave Leitao, V 2 7 (Northeastern, DePaul)
2007 Sidney Lowe, NCS 1 1
  • Hired prior to joining ACC.
  • Gary Williams is one of three head coaches who returned to his alma mater, along with UNC's Roy Williams and N.C. State's Lowe.
  • Maryland's Williams and Clemson's Oliver Purnell are the only ACC coaches with three previous stops on their resumes before landing their current jobs.
  • Al Skinner is in his 10th year at Boston College, but only his second as an ACC coach.