Breakout second-year coaches

Ollie, Crews have their programs poised for very successful seasons

Updated: May 29, 2013, 2:20 PM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Kevin Ollie, Jim CrewsGetty ImagesKevin Ollie and Jim Crews could take their programs far next season.

Now that my colleague Myron Medcalf has peered into the future and announced his choices for the top breakout sophomores of 2013-14, I thought it would be fitting to carry out the same exercise for head coaches. Like their second-year players, "sophomore" coaches can also improve once they have a season under their belts at a particular program.

By year two, the not-so-new coach has brought in his first recruiting class, set up his staff of assistants, installed his scheme and set the expectations for how things get done in practice and within the program more generally. If all of the above align just right, the result can be termed a true breakout season.

So give the guys on the sideline their due. Here are two coaches that may well emerge as breakout "sophomores" this coming season.


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