College basketball coaches fall into a few broad categories. There are the wizened tacticians who drill defensive schemes and offensive options into their players’ heads day in and day out. (Think Jim Boeheim or Fred Hoidberg.) There are the paternal figures -- guys like Tom Izzo, Big John Thompson, and Rick Majerus -- who believed in the transformative strength of a healthy locker room bond and dedicated careers to nurture those feelings. There are even philosopher kings like John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski, who don’t draw up plays so much as try to convince players to buy into a perspective and lifestyle. And then there’s Bobby Knight, who is a warlord.
The point is, you can glean knowledge from every type of hoops coach. For proof, here are some of those coaches on life and basketball: