It is a common habit for former players in any sport to take up coaching after their playing days are over.
When you look at the landscape of the NCAA basketball tournament that is going on, you can easily find many different names that were once playing basketball that are now trying their hand in coaching.
Michigan Wolverines Juwan Howard and Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing are names that might ring a bell.
But of course, there are many more names that are coaching right now.
ESPN created a list of rankings of the 68 2021 NCAA tournament coaches that were once players, and two familiar faces made the list.
Oregon Ducks head coach Dana Altman and Oregon State Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle.
ESPN ranked Altman at #49, and had this to say about the former Eastern New Mexico University player.
As for Tinkle, he ranked in the top 10 at the #8 spot.
In the NCAA tournament, the Beavers will face Tennessee in the first round, while the Ducks will face VCU.