- Jay Wright has taken Villanova University's men's basketball team to four Sweet 16 appearances, two Elite Eight appearances, and one Final Four appearance. The Wildcats are currently ranked #1 in the country. Wright's first coaching job was at...the University of Rochester.
- John Beilein led the University of Michigan's men's basketball team to the 2013 national championship game (unfortunately defeating Syracuse in the Final Four.) Beilein's third coaching job was at...Nazareth College.
- Stan Van Gundy has coached the NBA's Miami Heat, Orlando Magic (taking them to the 2009 NBA finals), and Detroit Pistons. He honed his understanding of the game while playing college basketball at...SUNY-Brockport.
- Jeff Van Gundy, Stan's younger brother, has coached the NBA's New York Knicks (leading them to the 1999 NBA finals) and Houston Rockets. He is currently one of the most colorful basketball analysts in the country. He played high school basketball at Brockport Central and college basketball at Nazareth College. His first coaching job was at...McQuaid Jesuit High School.
- Jim Boeheim has taken Syracuse University's men's basketball team to 28 NCAA tournaments, including four Final Four appearances, three national title games, and one national championship. Boeheim was born in...Lyons, NY.
- Tom Coughlin has been an immensely successful head football coach in both college (Boston College) and the NFL (Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants.) Under his watch, the Giants won two Super Bowls. Coughlin was born in Waterloo, NY, and his first head coaching job was at...RIT.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Rochester, with its Upstate New York/Rust Belt location, has the perfect combination of intelligence, hard work, and grit. This formula is responsible for Rochester's perseverance and (slow) growth despite reasonably long odds. This formula also happens to be a perfect recipe for making great coaches. The Rochester region has an impressive list of characters who have achieved remarkable coaching success on some of the country's biggest stages. Admittedly, a few of the Rochester ties are soft, but that shouldn't stop us from claiming the following as our own: