ESPN has ranked the top 40 college basketball coaches under the age of 40 and a prominent local coached was near the top of the list.
Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole was selected as the No. 7 coach in the survey, created by ESPN college basketball writers Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzello and John Gasaway.
“He’s widely recognized as the young coach who led Robert Morris to a win over Kentucky during the opening round of the NIT in 2013, but he also has recorded seven winning seasons over 10 years at the school,” Medcalf wrote about Toole. “He led his team to its second NEC tournament title in March and enhanced his standing as a candidate for bigger jobs.”
In his 10 seasons at RMU, Toole has amassed a 180-154 overall record, has won two NEC regular season titles, two NEC Tournament titles, qualified for two NCAA Tournaments and winning one NCAA Tournament game and reaching the postseason four other times.
Toole was the youngest head coach in the country when he was promoted in 2010 following three seasons as an assistant at RMU. Now 39, it’ll be his final year in this particular survey.
UNC Greensboro head coach Wes Miller was selected No. 1, followed by Travis Steele (Xavier), Will Wade (LSU), Mike Boynton (Oklahoma State), Bob Richey (Furman) and Richard Pitino (Minnesota).
Following Toole in the top ten were Florida assistant Jordan Mincy, Duke assistant Jon Scheyer and Louisville assistant Luke Murray.