Busting Brackets

ACC Basketball: Ranking all 18 head coaches for 2024-25 season

Mar 4, 2024; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  Duke Blue Devils head coach Jon Scheyer and North
Mar 4, 2024; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Jon Scheyer and North / Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
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18. Adrian Autry (Syracuse)

Still extremely youthful in his head coaching career, Autry took over at Syracuse last year following the 47-year reign of Jim Boeheim. Autry was a former point guard for the Orange back in the early 90’s and helped shape the program as an assistant in recent years, spending the last 12 years under Boeheim before succeeding him. Autry also formerly served on staff at Virginia Tech.

Year one wasn’t bad for Autry, with Syracuse winning 20 games and tying for 5th place in the ACC. That being said, he’s clearly got far less head coaching experience than virtually every other coach in this conference. His time will come, especially if he can engineer success at his alma mater. Thus, this position isn’t an indication on his ability by any means. We’ll see if he can build a consistent winner in western New York.

17. Earl Grant (Boston College)

Boston College has been something of a doormat in the ACC in recent memory and Grant hasn’t exactly changed that quite yet. He’s a former ACC assistant under Brad Brownell at Clemson who began his head coaching career with seven solid years at Charleston, taking the Cougars to the Big Dance back in 2018. After sustained success in the CAA, he jumped at the chance to lead the Eagles in 2021.

The finishes haven’t been impressive, but Boston College has gradually improved in his first three seasons at the helm. After two seasons below .500, Grant led the Eagles to 20 wins an appearance in the NIT this past season, even with a third straight conference finish of 10th place or below. This is progress for Grant and this program, though they clearly aren’t exactly setting the world on fire.