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Andy Wittry | | October 9, 2017

Which coaches are having the most success at their alma mater?

Roughly one in every 10 men's college basketball head coaches is employed by his alma mater. Three active college coaches have even been able to bring home a national championship to their schools.

Here's a look at former players now coaching at the school they attended, listed by the number of years each has spent at their alma mater.  First, the three coaches entering their first year at their alma mater:

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Anthony Grant, Dayton

Grant brings nine seasons of head coaching experience to Dayton after stops at VCU and Alabama. He has a career record of 193-110 (.637), including three NCAA tournament appearances and four regular-season conference championships.

LaVall Jordan, Butler

Jordan returns to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was formerly both a player and assistant coach, after a one-year stint as the head coach at Milwaukee.

Patrick Ewing, Georgetown

Ewing's first college head coaching job comes after 15 years as an assistant coach in the NBA with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets.

Bacari Alexander, Detroit Mercy

One year: 8-23 (.258)

Alexander was named Detroit Mercy's Most Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete in 1999 after he helped lead the Titans to consecutive first-round wins in the NCAA tournament as a junior and senior. He enters his second season as the head coach after spending six years as an assistant coach at Michigan.

Louis Rowe, James Madison

One year: 10-23 (.303)

Rowe was a First Team All-CAA player in 1995 after averaging 21.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Dukes. While playing for James Madison for only two seasons, he finished with 1,055 points, good for the fifth-best scoring average in Dukes history.

Rodney Billups, Denver

One year: 16-14 (.533)

In his first year as Denver's head coach, Billups led the Pioneers to 75.8 points per game, the program's most since joining the Division I ranks in 1998. He led the Sun Belt in assists as a senior in 2005.

Jamie Dixon, TCU

One year: 24-15 (.615)

Dixon was inducted into the TCU Hall of Fame in 2007 and became the school's coach in 2016. He led a 12-win turnaround in his first season with the Horned Frogs.

Chris Mullin, St. John's

Two years: 22-43 (.338)

Chris Mullin returned to St. John's three decades after leading the Red Storm to the Final Four. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 following a career in which he won two Olympic gold medals, set the St. John's career scoring record of 2,440 points and scored more than 17,000 points in a 16-year NBA career.

Lamont Smith, San Diego

Two years: 22-39 (.361)

Smith was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in the late 1990s, as well as a team captain. He returned to San Diego after spending two years on New Mexico's coaching staff.

Michael Huger, Bowling Green

Two years: 29-37 (.439)

Huger played for coach Jim Larranaga at Bowling Green from 1989-1993. He earned team MVP honors in '93 and was a Naismith Award nominee.

Russ Pennell, Central Arkansas

Three years: 17-72 (.191)

Pennell played point guard for Central Arkansas for two seasons after transferring from Arkansas. As a senior, he led the conference in assists with 8.2 per game and played alongside NBA great Scottie Pippen.

Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount

Three years: 37-55 (.402)

Dunlap transferred to Loyola Marymount from Pierce College, then returned to LMU as its head coach after coaching the then-Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA.

Dan D'Antoni, Marshall

Three years: 48-52 (.480)

D'Antoni is one of the 50 players in Marshall history to score at least 1,000 career points. He scored 1,109 and also ranks 13th in program history with a career free-throw percentage of 77.4 percent.

Travis DeCuire, Montana

Three years: 57-41 (.582)

DeCuire became the first coach in Montana history to win at least 20 games in each of his first two seasons. He was previously an All-Big Sky point guard for the Grizzlies in 1993 and 1994.

Joe Golding, Abilene Christian

Four years: 47-75 (.385)

Golding was a four-year letter winner at Abilene Christian, playing in 108 games in his career while averaing 4.3 points and 4.2 assists per game. The 2016-17 season was the program's final year of a four-year transition to full Division I membership.

Nick McDevitt, UNC Asheville

Four years: 77-53 (.592)

McDevitt came off the bench for UNC Asheville during his playing days and shot a team-best 52 percent from 3-point range as a senior. He was named the 2017 Big South Conference Coach of the Year. In his four years as coach, he's led his team to one NCAA tournament appearance and has one regular-season conference championship.

Rob Krimmel, Saint Francis (PA)

Five years: 61-95 (.391)

Krimmel was a three-year starter and two-time captain for Saint Francis. He ranks fifth all-time in school history in career 3-point percantage at 39.8 percent.

Mike Martin, Brown

Five years: 62-84 (.425)

Martin was a team captain in 2004, when Brown finished second in the Ivy League. He helped the team to a program-record four straight winning seasons.

Jamion Christian, Mount St. Mary's

Five years: 83-81 (.506)

Christian led Mount St. Mary's in scoring as a sophomore and was a three-time team captain. He scored 581 points in his career. As coach, he's led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances and one regular-season conference championship.

Dan Muller, Illinois State

Five years: 104-65 (.615)

Muller started every game of his collegiate career – a school-record 128 games – and ranks 11th in Illinois State history with 1,445 career points. He's coached the team to one regular-season championship.

Kevin Ollie, Connecticut

Five years: 113-61 (.649)

Ollie has taken UConn to two NCAA tournament appearaces and the 2014 national title. He was a four-year starting point guard for the Huskies, averaging 6.7 points and 5.0 assists per game, before a 13-year NBA career. 

Willie Hayes, Alabama A&M

Six years: 54-122 (.307)

Hayes was an All-American for Alabama A&M in 1988 and 1989. He averaged 14.6 points and 5.8 assists per game in his college career.

Mitch Henderson, Princeton

Six years: 119-60 (.665)

Henderson was a player during the golden era of Princeton basketball and played on the team that upset UCLA in the 1996 NCAA tournament, went undefeated in regular season play in 1997,and finished the 1998 regular season with a 26-1 record. As a coach, he taken the Tigers to the NCAA tournament once and has one regular-season conference championship.

Marty Wilson, Pepperdine

Seven years: 85-113 (.429)

As a backup point guard, Wilson helped Pepperdine reach the NCAA tournament in 1985 and 1986. The 2017-18 season will be his 21st season at the school in various capacities.

LeVelle Moton, North Carolina Central

Seven years: 145-81 (.642)

Moton is third in school history with 1,714 points and he had the 16th-best scoring average in Division II as a junior, with 23.5 points per game. Last season, he became one of two coaches in North Carolina Central history with four 20-win seasons. He's take Central to NCAA tournament appearances and won three regular-season conference championships.

Chris Mack, Xavier

Eight years: 186-91 (.671)

Mack was a two-time captain at Xavier as a player and helped the Musketeers reach the second round of the 1993 NCAA tournament. He is the only coach in school history to lead Xavier to four Sweet 16 appearances. In all, the Musketeers have been to seven NCAA tournaments and won two conference championships under Mack.

Brian Katz, Sacramento State

Nine years: 104-165 (.387)

After graduating from Sacramento State with a bachelor's degree in English in 1980, Katz began his coaching career at Antelope's Center High School in 1983. He is the winningest coach in Sacramento State's Division I history.

Marty Simmons, Evansville

10 years: 167-160 (.511)

After playing for two years at Indiana, Simmons transferred to Evansville, where he was immediately named a team captain despite having to sit out with a mandatory redshirt year. He finished sixth nationally in scoring as a senior with 25.9 points per game.

Bob Huggins, West Virginia

10 years: 229-119 (.658)

Huggins was named West Virginia's team MVP as a senior and he was also a two-time Academic All-American. He returned to his alma mater in 2007 after stops in Akron, Cincinnati and Kansas State and led the Mountaineers to the Final Four in 2010. In all, he's taken West Virginia to the NCAA tournament eight times.

Scott Cross, UT Arlington

11 years: 204-148 (.580)

Cross has led UT Arlington to its four highest win totals in program history, including a 27-9 record last season. He averaged 11.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a senior. He's taken the Mavericks to one NCAA tournament and has won two conference titles.

Mick Cronin, Cincinnati

11 years: 237-135 (.637)

While a knee injury in high school ended Cronin's athletic career, he coached at the high school level while attending the University of Cincinnati as a student. After coaching at Murray State for three years, he took over as the head coach at his alma mater in 2006. The Bearcats have been to seven NCAA tournaments under Cronin,

Lewis Jackson, Alabama State

12 years:179-196 (.477)

Jackson was named SWAC Player of the Year in 1984 as a senior and was later drafted by the Golden State Warriors. He was named head coach at his alma mater in 2005. He's won two conference titles and has taken the Hornets to two NCAA tournaments.

Matt Painter, Purdue

12 years: 265-142 (.651)

Painter helped Purdue reached three NCAA tournaments as a player in the early 1990s and has taken the Boilermakers to nine of them as head coach. He is coming off of a season in which he won his second Big Ten championship.

Roy Williams, North Carolina

14 years: 398-115 (.776)

Williams played for North Carolina's freshman team in 1969 before earning his bachelor's degree in education in 1972. He is one of six coaches to win at least three national championships. He's taken the Tar Heels to 13 NCAA tournaments and won eight regular-season ACC titles.

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

41 years: 903–357 (.717)

Boeheim walked on to the Syracuse team as a freshman and by his senior year, he was a co-captain of an Orange squad that made the program's second NCAA tournament appearance. His first coaching position was as a Syracuse graduate assistant. As head coach, Boeheim has taken the Orange to 32 NCAA tournaments and captured the national championship in 2003.

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