Slow time of the year with the Sabres already basement dwellers in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. So, lets rank all the coaches in Buffalo Sports as of today, holy shit, this is going to be ugly.
1. Mark Schmidt
Who? The coach for St Bonaventure basketball asshole. Sure The Bonnies are tied for 12th in the Atlantic 10 this season and only 10-11 overall but this team and this coach have had the most success over the last 12 months. NCAA birth, conference championship, had a player drafted in the first round of the NBA draft and resurrected a program left in the ashes after some suicide.
2. Joe Mihalich
Niagara basketball coach out on Mounteagle Ridge. Niagara (rpi 120) is 10-2 in the MAAC and two up on anyone else. Jaun'ya Green and Antoine Mason have this team poised for an NCAA birth. True, they'll have to win the MAAC tourney which is never easy but Mihalich has a team on time convincingly in a season with limited expectations.
3. Doug Marrone
This guy is way to high on the list but since he is 0-0 it is a better record than anyone else in Buffalo in the last ummm forever? The guy will probably fail, especially because it is the Bills. Also, Syracuse wasn't good when he was their coach and the Big East sucks in football. I give no one the benefit of the doubt and when he drafts his boy Ryan Nassib at # 8 overall he will plummet in any future rankings.
4. Jim Baron
This list is heavy in basketball coaches because they are the only ones that are even modestly successful at this point. Our ol' boy Baron returns to Western New York to coach Canisius (RPI 109) and has them as the surprise of the conference. The Golden Griffs are 8-4 in conference and tied for second place. Who woulda thought this team, that went 1-17 last season, with the coaches kid, would not only be competitive for a change but actually be pretty good? The MAAC tournament will be the ultimate test but who would have thought anyone would be excited about their chances of actually winning it before the season started?
5. Reggie Witherspoon
This guy is worse than Rasputin. He'll never freaking die! Yeah, the UB Bulls were a game away from winning the MAC last season and were a bit of a surprise, but this season? They are abysmal. Javon McCray is a beast and the rest of the team doesn't even exist. He has never made the NCAA tournament as other MAC teams make legit runs in the tourney. His team is 3-6 in conference this year and tied for second last overall. He has survived multiple AD's and keeps chugging along. Typical of a Buffalo sports team.
6. Lindy Ruff
The main question is how is this guy not last on this list? Might just be testament to the awfulness of coaching in this town. 16 years, zero cups, one cup lost, makes the playoffs half the time, most of the time doesn't even see the second round. Doesn't get enough out of his players and has more fans in town than free fucking pizza. I will never understand it. He and his GM have some weird umbilical cord esque connection that can not be questioned by 4 different owners. Four different owners?!?? Wow just wow. Oh and they are off to another great start this season in he cellar in the division.
7. Jeff Quinn
Not only does this guy not know how to coach he doesnt know how to recruit. He and the UB Bulls have been a joke in the MAC each season he has been at the helm. Losing must love losing because AD Green decided to give this loser an extension in the offseason. Darcy Regier would blush at that ineptitude. Joe Licata better turn into a player or this program may fall into... wait can it fall further?