Archie Miller starred at NC State and has also served as an assistant for the Wolfpack.
ARCHIE MILLER (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Dayton
SALARY: $1.7 Million
QUICK NOTES: Arguably the hottest mid-major coach in the country, Miller has turned Dayton into the power in the A-10. He's on pace to led the Flyers to a fourth straight NCAA Appearance, has already reached an Elite Eight, and has clinched his second A-10 title.
Factor in his experience as an assistant coach in three Power 5 conferences and his bloodlines, Miller is certainly a rising star in the coaching ranks.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Miller should certainly be on NC State's radar.
He played for the Wolfpack from 1998-2002 and as a senior he helped lead the team to the program's first NCAA appearance in 11 years. His wife, Morgan, is also an alum and she still has family in the state. Miller spent three seasons as an assistant in Raleigh, before stints at Ohio State and Arizona.
The expectation is that Miller will get the opportunity to return home. However, some believe he has his eyes set on perceived bigger jobs, such as Ohio State. Either way, there is no doubt that he is going to receive heavy consideration from the Wolfpack.
“It’s a lot like our guys playing at Dayton,” Miller told the Dayton Daily News of NC State. “The experience they have playing in front of tremendous fans, the experience they have going to school and all the great people around them who help them. I’m no different. I went to N.C State, played there, had a great experience. So many of those people have helped me along the way. As everybody else, you go into real life and as you get into real life, you go along your own path. That’s sort of where I am now.”
3/2 UPDATE: Archie Miller has Dayton in first place in the A-10 conference, as the Flyers just won the outright regular season title Wednesday night. He could be NC State's top target for the vacancy. The question is if he will listen to a pitch from the Wolfpack or choose to remain at Dayton until other options become available.
WILL WADE (LINK TO BIO)
VCU's Will Wade has a huge upside.
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, VCU
SALARY: $1.4 Million
BUYOUT: $1 Million
QUICK NOTES: Wade has quickly turned into a terrific young coach.
He earned his stripes as the lead assistant for Shaka Smart at VCU before taking over at Chattanooga in 2013. Wade was 40-25 in two seasons with the Mocs, including 27-7 in the Southern Conference. In the two seasons prior to Wade’s arrival, the Mocs finished a combined 24-40, including 13-23 in the SoCon.
He was named 2014 Southern Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Chattanooga to an 18-15 mark in his first season, a five-win improvement over the previous campaign. Wade steered Chattanooga to a 22-10 record in 2014-15, the school's first 20-win season since 2004-05.
He replaced Smart at VCU in 2015 and led the program to a conference title his first year and was the youngest coach in the NCAA Tournament last season. He followed that up with a 23-3, 13-4 mark this year.
CONNECTING THE DOTS -- Wade is an intriguing option. He has experience at two programs and has won at both and could be a long-term answer in Raleigh.
However, would he take the job? He's making good money now, like Smart before him, and is a Clemson alum. Could he be waiting for that job? For what it's worth, one source indicated to us that Wade is extremely high on the NC State job. Really high.
3/2 UPDATE: Will Wade remains a serious candidate for the NC State position. He has great ties to the region and would be considered a really good hire.
Chris Holtmann has kept the train rolling at Butler.
CHRIS HOLTMANN (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Butler
QUICK NOTES: Chris Holtmann is one of only two coaches in Butler history to lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons – Brad Stevens is the other. Holtmann’s teams have not only made the NCAA Tournament in each season, the Bulldogs have advanced to the Second Round in both 2015 and 2016.
In just two seasons, Holtmann has already won 45 games at Butler. His teams are an impressive 22-14 in BIG EAST play. Holtmann will add Butler’s highest-rated recruiting class in program history for the 2016-17 season, a class that was ranked as high as 20th on National Signing Day.
Butler already has over 20 wins this season.
He also has ties to North Carolina, spending three seasons as head coach at Garner-Webb from 2010-2013.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Media reports are linking Holtmann with the job, and we do believe NC State will evaluate him... we expect him to be on the list. However, he also could be a legitimate option at Illinois, should that job open up.
3/2 UPDATE: Chris Holtmann's name is being mentioned related to the NC State opening more and more. Holtmann, like Wade, remains a legitimate candidate.
Cuonzo Martin is a proven recruiter who builds programs.
CUONZO MARTIN (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, California
SALARY: $1.54 Million
BUYOUT: $1.1 Million
QUICK NOTES: Boasting a track record of success that includes a conference Coach of the Year honor and postseason berths six of the past seven seasons, Cuonzo Martin is regarded as one of the top basketball coaches in the game.
In his first season at California in 2014-15, Martin directed the Golden Bears to 18 wins and a run to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. Under his tutelage, Tyrone Wallace successfully transitioned to the point guard role. Wallace was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award recognizing the nation’s top point guard in his first season at the position. The point guard finished the season as the only individual in the Pac-12 to place in the top five in the conference in scoring, rebounding and assists. David Kravish completed his career as the school’s all-time leader in blocks and one of the program’s top scorers and rebounders of all-time.
Martin and his staff signed a consensus national top-10 recruiting class for the 2015-16 season, including top-five overall prospects in Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown along with forward Roman Davis of Los Angeles. The 2015-16 season saw the Bears go a perfect 18-0 at home for the best single-season home record at Haas Pavilion, finishing the year with a 19-game overall home winning streak. Cal’s defense was tops in the league, and the Bears limited opponents to a league-low 67.3 points per game while allowing just 39.6 percent of field goals -- the only team in the Pac-12 to limit opponents to under 40 percent.
The Bears capped off 2015-16 with a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in program history. Brown was named a USBWA Freshman All-American as well as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year en route to a No. 3 overall selection by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft. Wallace joined Brown as Martin’s second Bear prospect drafted, selected in the second round by the Utah Jazz.
Prior to California, Martin served as the head coach at Tennessee for three seasons, guiding the Volunteers to a spot in the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Martin was mentioned at times during the previous search. He's a grinder who builds program, stresses defense and a winning culture, and has a lot of traits that appeal to college ADs. Given his time at Cal and Tennessee, he can recruit nationally, which is a major plus.
Martin is a winner. At jobs similar to NC State, he's had just one sub-.500 record as a head coach and has finished in the top five of his conference in four of five full seasons at Tennessee and California respectively.
He would also be a familiar name for Wolfpack Chancellor Randy Woodson, who previously spent time at Purdue, Martin's alma mater.
3/2 UPDATE: Cuonzo Martin could be looking to move on from Cal after doing a solid job with the Bears in three seasons. He's another name who has been linked to NC State, but he's also a candidate for other potential openings such as Missouri and Illinois.
Kevin Keatts has won titles as a prep coach, assistant coach, and head coach.
KEVIN KEATTS (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, UNC Wilmington
QUICK NOTES: A hot name in the state of North Carolina, Keatts has quickly risen up the coaching ranks from a head coach at prep power Hargrave (where he coached former NC State star Lorenzo Brown) to head coach at UNC Wilmington.
In between he served as Rick Pitino's lead recruiter at Louisville, where he helped the Cardinals compile two straight top-10 recruiting classes en route to a pair of Big East Conference championships and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013. In 2012-13, the Cardinals won a school-record 35 games and captured the NCAA title.
In 2013-14, the Cardinals, the 2013 national champions, picked up where they left off, streaking to seven straight wins en route to a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen.
He's been a huge success in Wilmington. In his first season, Keatts was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year after carrying a team that finished last in the CAA in 2013-14 to its sixth regular season conference championship and a final record of 18-14. He followed it up by winning the regular season and tournament titles in 2015-2016 and is on pace to win the league again this year.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Whatever spot he might be on Debbie Yow's list, it won't get past Keatts. Everything we hear suggests he would love the challenge awaiting the next head coach in Raleigh, and he has the recruiting chops and personality to potentially succeed in a big way.
He makes far less money than the other top candidates, already has the local recruiting ties, and understands what it takes to win in the ACC from his time in the region.
NC State could do FAR WORSE than Kevin Keatts.
3/2 UPDATE: Kevin Keatts is another coach prominently linked with the NC State opening. Keatts is coaching in-state at UNC Wilmington where he has turned around that program. He's another solid option.
Could Scott Drew be looking to move on from Baylor?
SCOTT DREW (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Baylor
SALARY: $2.77 Million
QUICK NOTES: Drew took over at Baylor in 2003 and after a slow start has built the Bears into a consistent power in the Big 12. Baylor’s 17-6 postseason record over the last eight seasons is the nation’s sixth-best among teams with at least three NCAA?Tournament appearances. The Bears went 5-0 to win the 2013 NIT title, posted 3-1 records on their way to the Elite Eight in both the 2010 and 2012 NCAA?Tournaments, BU went 2-1 to advance to the 2014 Sweet 16, and Drew led Baylor to four wins en route to the 2009 NIT title game.
Baylor’s 17 postseason wins since 2009 rank eighth nationally behind only Kentucky (25), North Carolina (25), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Louisville (18), Kansas (18) and Connecticut (18).
Drew is the youngest of 12 coaches nationally to lead his current team to three Sweet 16s since 2010. He is the only coach to guide Baylor to eight postseason appearances and is responsible for 17 of the program’s 20 all-time postseason wins. His teams have averaged 24 wins over the last nine seasons, giving Baylor a school-record nine straight winning campaigns. Drew has compiled a 270-183 overall record with a 250-172 mark in 13 seasons at Baylor.
Baylor has also had six NBA?Draft picks since 2012, which ranks sixth nationally behind only Kentucky (19), Duke (10), Syracuse (10), Kansas (eight) and North Carolina (eight).
CONNECTING THE DOTS: If NC State is looking for a Power Five coach to make a move, it might be Drew. He's done great things at Baylor and has developed a reputation for being a strong recruiter as well as excelling in player development.
NC State has had issues with building a "program." Drew has done that at Baylor, as the Bears are currently 24-6 and ranked in the Top 15. How good has he been at Baylor? The Bears had 4 total NCAA apperances, with the last coming in 1988, prior to Drew's arrival. He's been to four in five years.
3/2 UPDATE: We haven't heard any new buzz on Scott Drew related to the NC State coaching job, but there are rumblings he could be looking at other opportunities.
Mick Cronin is right there with Gregg Marshall in terms of qualification.
MICK CRONIN (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Cincinnati
SALARY: $2.2 Million
BUYOUT: $1 Million
QUICK NOTES: In terms of building a program, Mick Cronin ranks up there with anybody in the country. Cincinnati can include itself on an elite list of eight programs appearing in six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, VCU and Wisconsin.
Cronin has guided Cincinnati to 146 wins since the start of the 2010-11 season, highlighting one of the most successful periods in program history with six 20-win seasons, including three years with at least 26 victories.
Tenacious defense and continuous all-out effort reflect the Bearcats’ standard. Cincinnati is one of only two programs in the nation (along with Louisville) to rank among the top 25 in scoring defense in each of the last four seasons. The Bearcats allowed only 55.8 points a game in 2014-15, the third fewest in school history (since 1960).
This year has been a breakout season for Cronin and the Bearcats. The team is currently 25-4 overall and 14-2 in league play, and is currently ranked No. 18 in the country.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Like with Marshall, Cronin was in the mix for the job six years ago.
Debbie Yow is familiar with Cronin, and he checks off several potential categories. He is a program builder who has made his mark with defense, intensity, and effort. He is fiery, just look at the picture, and he won't back down from anyone.
Could NC State look to pursue Cronin a second time?
3/2 UPDATE: We haven't heard any new buzz on Mick Cronin related to the NC State coaching job.
Andy Enfield might be looking to return to the East Coast this offseason.
ANDY ENFIELD (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Southern Cal
SALARY: $1.5 Million
QUICK NOTES: Andy Enfield, who parlayed a Sweet Sixteen appearance at Florida Gulf Coast into the Southern Cal job, has slowly turned around the Trojan program.
After winning five total games his first two years, last season he finished 9-9 in the league to earn a NCAA bid. USC went 21-13 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The Trojans had an 8.0 game improvement from the 2014-15 season which was tops among the Power 5 conference teams. USC played an exciting brand of basketball, averaging over 80 points per game and ranking among the nation’s top 20 in offensive output.
This year's team is currently 22-8 overall and 9-8 in league play.
Enfield has an extensive resume, serving as a NBA assistant and a top assistant for Leonard Hamilton at Florida State, so given his time at FGCU and FSU, he has plenty of recruiting ties on the east coast.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Enfield may seem out of left field, but he could be looking to make his way back out East after four years in Los Angeles. A Pennsylvania native, Enfield is proving he can build a program, is affordable, and has a reputation for recruiting high-level talent, playing exciting basketball, and developing players.
3/2 UPDATE: We haven't heard any new buzz on Andy Enfield related to the NC State coaching job.
GREG MCDERMOTT (LINK TO BIO)
Greg McDermott has put Creighton back on the map nationally.
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Creighton
SALARY: $1.4 Million
QUICK NOTES: McDermott has made multiple stops during his lengthy coaching career, and is now heading up Creighton in the new Big East Conference.
The Blue Jays won three titles his first three seasons, while in the Missouri Valley Conference and finished in second-place his first year in the Big East in 2013-2014, winning 14 league games and 27 overall. After a rebuilding year he had Creighton back in postseason play by winning 20 games last year, and this season's squad is currently 23-7 overall and 10-7 in league play.
McDermott has a strong reputation for being able to develop talent while playing an exciting brand of basketball.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: McDermott is another Power Five coach who could be looking to move, but will NC State be interested? He doesn't have any real ties in the area and struggled previously as a head coach at Iowa State in the Big 12.
3/2 UPDATE: We haven't heard any new buzz on Greg McDermott related to the NC State coaching job.
Pat Kelsey has ACC connections.
PAT KELSEY (LINK TO BIO)
CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Winthrop
QUICK NOTES: In just four seasons, Kelsey has resurrected the proud basketball tradition at Winthrop. After taking over a program that had won 12 and 13 games respectively the prior two seasons, Kelsey and the Eagles have won 62 games over the last three seasons.
This past season the Eagles won 23 games, which ties for the 4th most in a single-season in the history of the program. Kelsey’s 76 wins rank second behind only current Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall for most victories (81) the first four seasons in the program’s Div. I history.
In 2016, for the third consecutive season, Kelsey and the Eagles advanced to the nationally televised Big South conference championship game. Over the course of his first four seasons, Kelsey is tied with Marshall for the most wins in the Big South with 41.
This year's team is 23-6 overall and 15-3 in league play and has clinched a share of the Big South regular season title.
Prior to Winthrop, Kelsey was an assistant coach at Xavier and Wake Forest. At Wake he played a role in the development of NBA talents such as James Johnson, Ishmael Smith, and Al-Farouq Aminu.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Kelsey certainly has ties to the state given he's at Winthrop and spent five years at Wake Forest as an assistant coach. He has completed a rebuild of Winthrop and is considered one of the top mid-major coaching candidates on the market.
3/2 UPDATE: We haven't heard any new buzz on Pat Kelsey related to the NC State coaching job.