Who's Next?:Tiger Coaching Search Round Two

The Missouri Tigers begin there search again for a men's basketball head coach after Matt Painter stay at Purdue. We take a look at the narrowing list of candidates


With the coaching search continuing after Purdue coach Matt Painter's rejection of the Missouri men's basketball coaching offer, we at ShowMeMizzou.com come give you our second round of potential coaching candidates as the search leads into the Final Four.

This list consists of top candidates, as well as coaches we feel might wind up as the next possible Missouri Tiger coach.

Name: Brad Stevens
Age: 34
Current School: Butler
Head Coaching Record: 114-24


In his debut season in 2007-08, Stevens helped Butler become the first team in school and Horizon League history to record 30 wins!.  The 30-4 Bulldogs captured the Great Alaska Shootout, won a second consecutive Wooden Tradition trophy, and wrapped up Horizon League regular season and tournament championships.  Butler won a first-round NCAA Tournament game, before falling in overtime to #5 Tennessee in the second round.  The Bulldogs were ranked in the "Top 25" of the A. P. and ESPN/USA Today national polls for 19 consecutive weeks, including a record three weeks in the "Top 10."  Butler set school- and league-records for regular season wins (27) and became just the second team in league history to record 16 league victories.

Only three coaches in NCAA Division I history - Bill Guthridge, North Carolina (34), Bill Hodges, Indiana State (33) and Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh (31) - posted more first-year wins than the Butler coach.  And at 31, Stevens became the third-youngest Division I coach to guide his team to 30 wins - the youngest in more than half a century!

In addition to becoming the first men's basketball coach in Butler history to lead the Bulldogs to 30 wins, Stevens broke the 34-game Butler coaching record (28-6) shared by three coaches.  He moved into seventh place on Butler's all-time list for coaching victories after just one season.

Outlook: Stevens is the hottest young name in college basketball coaching circles. The early word is that Stevens will only leave Butler for one of the D1 schools in Indiana, Purdue or Indiana University, since he does not want to leave the state. Still, you have to at least make a run at him to find out.  He took Butler to the Final Four. What could he do at Mizzou? Throw big dollars his way and see what happens. Update: Stevens is in his second Final Four in two years. Do you make him a $3 million dollar man? Given what has just happened you have nothing to lose. Being turned down by Brad Stevens hurts a lot less then being turned down by Matt Painter.

Name: Shaka Smart
Age: 32
Current school: VCU
Head Coaching Record: 55-20


At 33, Smart is among the 10 youngest head coaches at the Division I level, but that didn't show in his first season at the helm, leading the Rams to the 2010 College Basketball Invitational Championship and a 27-9 record. His 27 wins are the most among all first-year head coaches in 2009-10.

Smart became the program's 10th head coach on April 2, 2009 and hit the ground running securing outstanding late signees in Troy Daniels and Darius Theus within his first month.

Prior to his arrival at VCU, Smart spent one season as an assistant with Donovan's Florida Gators. He helped lead the program to a 25-11 season, the fifth-most wins in school history, and a berth in the NIT Quarterfinals.

Smart played his college basketball at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and graduated magna cum laude in 1999 with a degree in history. A four-year starter and three-year captain, he holds Kenyon single season (184) and a career (542) assist marks. As a senior, he was an All-North Coast Conference selection and was the NCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was one of 20 students selected for the 1999 USA Today All-USA Academic team and received a NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Originally hailing from Madison, Wis., Smart married the former Maya Payne on May 20, 2006.

Outlook: The Tigers will likely talk to Smart due to his run of success this year in the tourney. On the plus size is this year's trip to the Final Four and his recruiting ability. On the down side is his age, lack of a resume as a head coach, and the fact that the VCU job is his 6th in the last 10 years, with him not spending more then 2 years at any of those schools. If you are looking for Mizzou to be a destination job for him that is a big question to find out about.

Name: Kevin Stallings
Age: 50
Head Coaching Record:


Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has taken the Commodore basketball program to unparalleled heights in his 11 years at the helm, with success coming on the floor and in the classroom during his tenure. His teams have advanced to two Sweet 16 appearances, and off the floor, every Vanderbilt senior basketball player has received a degree.

Eleven seasons into his stay in Nashville, Stallings has Vanderbilt in rarefied air in college basketball circles with eight postseason appearances, two NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances in 2004 and 2007, four NCAA Tournament berths and five 20-win seasons. Stallings became the first coach to take two Vanderbilt teams to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament since the 64-65 team format; and the Commodore mentor has had SEC Players of the Year on his squad in three out of his 11 years in Nashville.
The list of accomplishments for the current Vanderbilt coach continues to grow:

• Stallings became the second Vanderbilt coach in school history to have three 20-win seasons (Roy Skinner) after the 2006-07 season. He now has five 20-win seasons.

• He was named SEC Coach of the Year by SEC Coaches in 2007 and 2010, only the third coach in Vanderbilt history to win two of the prestigious awards.

• He has coached three SEC Players of the Year (coaches) - Dan Langhi in 1999-2000, Derrick Byars in 2006-07, and Shan Foster in 2007-08 (AP and Coaches).

• Now in 19th place amongst winningest coaches in the SEC (at SEC institutions) with 213 Vanderbilt wins.

•He now has 336 career victories as a head coach, which makes him the fourth current SEC coach with 300 or more wins, and his 213 Vanderbilt wins ranks him second all-time in the Commodore record books behind Roy Skinner (278; 1959, 1962-76).

As an assistant coach, Stallings worked with two of the nation's most well-known and respected mentors - Gene Keady, his college coach at Purdue, and Roy Williams at Kansas.

After helping lead the Boilermakers as a player (1980-82) to three postseason tournament appearances, including a NCAA Final Four appearance in 1980, Stallings served as an assistant coach under Keady from 1983-88. On Keady's staff, Stallings helped direct Purdue to six NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big Ten championships while tallying a 140-44 overall record.

Stallings left Purdue to join Williams' coaching staff at Kansas in 1989. Over the next five seasons, the Jayhawks made four NCAA Tournament appearances, enjoyed two trips to the Final Four, finished as the 1991 national runner-up and accumulated a 132-38 mark during Stallings' stay.

A 1978 graduate of Collinsville High School outside of St. Louis, Stallings played under the legendary Vergil Fletcher, who was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the 2004 summer.

Stallings earned his undergraduate degree in business management and marketing at Purdue in 1982 before receiving a Master's degree from Purdue in 1985.

Stallings and his wife Lisa have three children: Jacob (20), Alexa (16) and Jordyn (10).

Outlook: Stallings has an impressive resume covering 31 years and is still only 50 years old. At that age you would assume that if he came to Missouri it would be a destination job to retire at. He has been successful at a tough school to recruit to academically. Has shown the ability to beat Kentucky and Florida. I mean, he takes Vandy to the NCAA. He has strong St. Louis ties and is well connected in the coaching community. Would he be a flashy hire? Probably not. Is he a good basketball coach with a strong record of winning,academic success for his players and loyalty to his job? Absolutely.


Beyond those three, here are other names being thrown around early as potential candidates and candidates we feel are worthy of being mentioned.

Ben Jacobson- Northern Iowa- If you want a good basketball coach who will stick around Missouri if he is successful then Jacobson could be your guy. He could develop into a Matt Painter type of coach. He is deserving of an opportunity.Not sure is Missouri is that place.

Anthony Grant-Alabama- Currently making 1.8 million at Alabama.Would Missouri finally get a talented big man? Can recruit as evidence of Florida's talent and the talent that has brought VCU to the Final Four. Will play for the NIT championship tonight and should be at the Final Four should Alden want to talk.

Dave Rose- BYU- Not sure how realistic he would be. Is riding a tide of recent success and headlines.Just said no to the Oklahoma job, but Missouri is a better gig.

Chris Mack- Xavier- Another talented young coach with strong recruiting background. Strong recruiter and coach. Possibly the closest thing to a name among a smaller school besides Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart. Problem is he is a Xavier grad. Been down that road before.

Steve Alford- New Mexico-Was mentioned back when Mike Anderson was hired as a potential candidate. Has redeemed himself since the Iowa gig with 4 consecutive 20 win seasons, including a 30-5 record and 2nd round trip to the NCAA's in the 2009-10 season. If you are looking for a "name" candidate Alford has one.

Gregg Marshall- Wichita State-Consistent winner over the years.Will face off against Grant's Bama team for the NIT championship. Alleged rough demeanor could be a concern.

Doug Wojcik- Mentioned Wojcik on the message board last week as the Painter thing was gaining traction.Reportedly was going to interview for the Georgia Tech job before Gregory got it. Impressive resume as an assistant.Hasn't led Tulsa to the tourney in 6 years as head coach.

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