Ten first-year coaches who are already making mark
9. Matt Doherty, SMU
Previous school: Florida Atlantic
Replaced: Jimmy Tubbs
SMU's record last season: 13-16
Current record: 6-1
This program hasn't been heard from since Dave Bliss was coaching there back in the early 1980's, but many people believe there is potential for growth at SMU, mostly because of its location in Dallas. Doherty knows how to schedule easy wins (one came against Texas College, a non-Division I school), but SMU did play Florida State close before losing in Tallahassee. The Mustangs also have a five-point home win over a good Dayton team to their credit.
Also on the list is Mike Davis at UAB (#5).