There’s a lot of new faces in the SEC this season. And there remains a lot of solid coaches in this league. There isn’t a weak link in the bunch.
Our 2022-23 SEC Basketball Coach rankings.
14. Jerry Stackhouse – Vanderbilt
Things improved for Stackhouse and Vanderbilt last season, but we still anticipate Vanderbilt to be near the bottom of the SEC standings this season.
13. Todd Golden – Florida
This was an interesting hire by Florida. There isn’t yet much of a coaching track record for Golden.
12. Matt McMahon – LSU
McMahon has a tall task cleaning up the mess left behind by Will Wade.
11. Kermit Davis – Mississippi
Things have regressed for Mississippi under Davis since his first season in 2018. His seat is warm.
10. Dennis Gates – Missouri
We anticipate Gates will quickly upgrade the talent at Missouri. Will it bring wins to Missouri?
9. Lamont Paris – South Carolina
Paris took Chattanooga to the big dance and expect him to quickly do the same at South Carolina.
8. Chris Jans – Mississippi State
We think Jans was a great hire by Mississippi State. He won a lot of games at New Mexico State, but this is his first run as head coach in a major conference.
7. Mike White – Georgia
White produced solid results at Florida. His job gets a lot tough at Georgia.
6. Buzz Williams – Texas A&M
Williams will always have his teams competitive. He is middle-of-the-pack because he hasn’t been able to make any noise in the NCAA tournament since his days at Marquette.
5. Nate Oats – Alabama
Oats had a heck of run at Buffalo and his successful system has produced wins at Alabama.
4. Eric Musselman – Arkansas
Musselman already has 2 Elite Eight appearances at Arkansas in 3 seasons. His first season included a cancelled NCAA tournament due to Covid. He is moving up this list fast.
3. John Calipari – Kentucky
Calipari was once the king of the SEC. Still produces solid results, but recent seasons have been inconsistent.
2. Bruce Pearl – Auburn
You don’t have to worry about wins with a Pearl lead team. The off-the-court issues are another thing. You take the good with the bad.
1. Rick Barnes – Tennessee
Barnes gets it done over and over. He has Tennessee as one of the top teams in the country. His programs stay out of trouble unlike some of his conference peers.