The Five Best Dressed NCAA Coaches of 2012
Each and every year, college basketball fans start counting down the days until march Madness starts. After all, there’s nothing more exciting than an NCAA March Madness game, as everyone involved is “in it to win it” and competition can be rather fierce. For coaches, this means looking as good as possible in front of the millions of individuals that will be watching the games either live or via broadcast. March Madness 2012 has certainly seen a few coaches that could benefit from spending a little more time in front of the mirror before setting out in front of the public eye, but there were also a few coaches that stood out as being dressed in an extremely sharp manner. Although March Madness took place almost two months ago, we thought it is worth another look – at least from a sartorial and tie aficionado’s point of view. The following are five of the most well-dressed coaches from this year’s March Madness, all of whom raised the bar when it comes to how to dress for the court.
#1 Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski
If you’re going to coach a game that’s going to be watched by millions, you’ve got to dress the part. It appears that nobody in the NCAA can do this better than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who always knows how to look his best on the sidelines. With crisp grey suits that perfectly flatter his figure and plenty of gold accents (cufflinks, belt buckles), it’s no surprise that Krzyzewski’s appearance is often compared to those which are highlighted on the popular AMC show Mad Men. Truly the best-dressed coach in all of the NCAA.
#2 Harvard’s Tommy Amaker
Harvard may not have quite the reputation as a team that Duke holds, but their coach does almost as good a job choosing his ensembles as Krzyzewski. Tommy Amaker dresses like a true professional, and proves that you don’t always need to wear a tie to do so. Never afraid to experiment with unique patterns (as well as the occasional turtleneck), you’ll be hard-pressed to catch Amaker on a day when he isn’t the best-dressed man in the room.
#3 Memphis’ Josh Pastner
Memphis coach Josh Pastner has a unique look that is all his own. After all, it’s not everyday that someone can pull off wearing grey trousers with white sneakers. Nevertheless, Pastner makes this and a variety of other off-the-cuff looks work effortlessly for him. With a penchant for extremely wide striped ties, Pastner knows how to draw attention to himself when pacing on the sidelines.
#4 Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton
Leonard Hamilton is far from being the smallest guy to coach NCAA basketball; no one would argue this. That said, he knows how to dress in a way that is proportionate to his figure without making himself look like a caricature, which is just one reason that he is one of the best dressed coaches out there. With bright, almost luminescent ties and matching handkerchiefs, Hamilton knows how to look his best and isn’t afraid to take the time to do so.
#5 Kansas’ Bill Self
Bill Self dresses in about as conservative a way as possible, which works exceptionally well for him. With his attention-grabbing watches, tightly-striped ties and perfectly cut suits, Self never walks into the public eye without looking like a professional. After all, a great coach has to dress the part in order to be taken seriously. Even Brooks Brother’s clothed Steven Colbert should be jealous!
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