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NCAA Basketball: 10 best head coaching hires of 2023 offseason

Ed Cooley, Providence, $3.8 millionSyndication The EnquirerSyndication Usa Today
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Another season of NCAA basketball has come and gone and we’re already nearly a month into the offseason. The Huskies were crowned national champs in early April, but it’s been offseason for a few weeks longer for many of the programs in the nation. The offseason is a time for change, especially with how active the Transfer Portal has been in recent years, but it’s not just players who are on the move in March and April.

One of the most highly-anticipated parts of the offseason is the coaching carousel, with several dozen programs hiring or promoting new head coaches. There’s always some intrigue, especially at prominent programs or teams in the power conferences. Making the right head coaching hire is essential for any program, from Blue Blood to low major; a heavy burden for some of these programs to bear.

This has been an especially intriguing endeavor around the country as some of the coaching legends of the game have retired in recent years. Major changes at Duke, North Carolina, Villanova, and Syracuse have taken place in recent years and they aren’t the only schools hoping for the best from some younger coaches. This particular offseason saw a number of sneaky good hires, with a few power conference teams filling their openings in style.

Today, we’ll be looking at the hires from this current offseason and ranking the best ones of the group. As we mentioned, there were some sneaky ones that flew under the radar, but there were also some very successful head coaches that took over at better programs. There’s no question that a number of great hires will be left off this list, but we’ll do our best to highlight the best ten from this year.