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NCAA Basketball: 10 best mid-major hires of 2024 coaching carousel

The 2024 coaching carousel saw a flurry of activity, especially at the mid-major level
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Josh Schertz - Saint Louis Billikens

A hot name in the 2024 coaching carousel, Schertz caught the college basketball world by storm, leading Indiana State to a 32-7 (17-3) record while constructing one of the more efficient and dynamic offenses in college basketball. Interestingly enough, nearly 50% of their shots came from behind the arc, according to Hoop Math, and the Shertz-led Sycamores were first in EFG%, according to TeamRankings.

Impressive numbers, nonetheless, and they were a key reason for Indiana State’s recent success. Before his time in Terre Haute, Schertz ran a Division II power at Lincoln Memorial, leading his team to 11 straight 20+ win seasons in 13 years at the helm. Schertz knows how to win, and winning ways await in Saint Louis.

Scott Nagy - Southern Illinois

Scott Nagy started his head coaching career at South Dakota State, leading the Jackrabbits through the Division II to Division I transition, helping establish one of the more consistent mid-major programs in the past 12 years. At South Dakota State, Nagy won over 400 games in 21 years, taking the Jackrabbits to three NCAA Tournament appearances in three of his final five years in Brookings.

Since Nagy left, South Dakota State has remained successful, appearing in four more NCAA Tournaments with zero seasons under .500. In his eight years at Wright State, Nagy has led the Raiders to two NCAA Tournament appearances with zero seasons under .500. Marked as a consistent winner, there is plenty of reason to believe Nagy can lift Southern Illinois over the hump and back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.