For a conference cobbled together from remnants of the Big East and Conference USA plus one Atlantic 10 program, the American Athletic Conference naturally has a disparate collection of coaches.
In the Big East, Louisville’s Rick Pitino was in the mix with Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun and overachievers like Jamie Dixon and Buzz Williams. In the American, he’s the clear No. 1 coach. His only peer in terms of career coaching achievement is SMU’s Larry Brown, who has coached one season in the college ranks since 1988.