Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard has done it all, from working under Rick Pitino in the NBA and at Kentucky, to building a mid-major program at Western Kentucky and coaching in Big East at Pittsburgh, before returning his alma mater, where he’s led the Crusaders to three NCAA Tournament appearances and has designs on a fourth this season. In an interview with Basketball U.’s Elliot Smilowitz, Willard opens up on the direction of the Patriot League, his school’s rivalry with Bucknell, his players, and much more.
In just his third year as head coach of Navy, Billy Lange has brought youth and energy to Annapolis. Coaching a team packed with underclassmen, Lange led the Midshipmen to a 7-2 start to this season and currently has them jostling for position in the Patriot League. Lange took the time to talk to Basketball U.’s Elliot Smilowitz about his players, his coaching style, and his hopes for the future of the Navy program.