Busting Brackets

SEC Basketball: Ranking all 16 head coaches for 2024-25 season

Alabama head coach Nate Oats encourages his team against Connecticut during the Final Four semifinal
Alabama head coach Nate Oats encourages his team against Connecticut during the Final Four semifinal / Patrick Breen/The Republic / USA TODAY
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14. Matt McMahon (LSU)

Much of McMahon’s earliest basketball experience came at Appalachian State, where he played in the late 90’s and coached for many years. He was an assistant for nearly a decade at his alma mater before catching on at Murray State. McMahon would spent seven years as the Racers’ head coach and is most known for recruiting and developing Ja Morant and taking the Racers to a pair of NCAA Tournament wins.

After profound success in the OVC, McMahon accepted the trickier challenge in Baton Rouge, succeeding Will Wade at LSU. Inheriting a program hit by recruiting violations, the Tigers played poorly in McMahon’s opening season but were a better squad in his second season, tying for 7th in the SEC and reaching the NIT. He’s still putting the building blocks in place for success at LSU, though we know he can build a program at the mid-major level at least.

13. Mike White (Georgia)

A Florida native who played his college days at Ole Miss, White certainly has a ton of SEC experience in his pocket. This talented point guard latched on quickly as a collegiate assistant, with stints at both Jacksonville State and his alma mater. His head coaching career began with four solid years at Louisiana Tech before he was chosen to succeed Billy Donovan at Florida back in 2015. His time in Gainesville was a mixed bag but did include an Elite Eight in just his second season.

Seven years with the Gators led White to leaving town for the Georgia job in 2022. He made four NCAA Tournaments with Florida but has work ahead to get the Bulldogs into that kind of position. Georgia did win 20 games and advanced far in the NIT, but finished 11th place in each of his first two seasons. White has coached for many years in the SEC but what does he have to show for all of that experience?