The ACC's coaches are getting older. Yeah, yeah, every day they're getting older, just like the rest of us if we're lucky.
Our reference is to the coaching corps cumulatively. As a group the men directing ACC clubs are staying on the job later in life - assuming they win, of course. Or, to put it most exactly, the enduring winners among ACC coaches are staying in the game to a riper age, thereby increasing the group average.
This season there are six ACC coaches who already qualify for Social Security - Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (70), Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (68), Florida State's Leonard Hamilton (66), Miami's Jim Larranaga (65), North Carolina's Roy Williams and Louisville's Rick Pitino (62). All but Hamilton are either in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame or, in Pitino's case, nominated for inclusion.
There also are six coaches in their forties. Virginia Tech coach Brent "Buzz" Williams is the ACC's youngest at 42. Until he arrived this season, Virginia's Tony Bennett was the league's reigning youngster. Now he just reigns.
For purposes of comparison, Dean Smith was 30 when he took over at North Carolina and 66 when he retired in 1997.
|ACC HAVING A SENIOR MOMENT
ACC Coaching Roster for 2014-15 Season
Based on Age through February 13, 2015
|Jim Christian, BC||February 6, 1965||50||New York|
|Brad Brownell, C||November 15, 1968||46||Indiana|
|Mike Krzyzewski, D||February 13, 1947||68||Illinois|
|Leonard Hamilton, FS||August 4, 1948||66||North Carolina|
|Brian Gregory, GT||December 15, 1966||48||Illinois|
|Rick Pitino, UL||September 18, 1952||62||New York|
|Jim Larranaga, Mi||October 2, 1949||65||New York|
|Roy Williams, NC||August 1, 1950||64||North Carolina|
|Mark Gottfried, NS||January 20, 1964||51||Ohio|
|Mike Brey, ND||March 22, 1959||55||Maryland|
|Jamie Dixon, PU||November 10, 1965||49||California|
|Jim Boeheim, SU||November 17, 1944||70||New York|
|Tony Bennett, V||June 1, 1969||45||Wisconsin|
|Buzz Williams, VT||September 1, 1972||42||Texas|
|Danny Manning, WF||May 17, 1966||48||Mississippi|