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The potential hire of Steve Kerr by the New York Knicks as their head coach would give the Arizona Wildcats two leaders of major pro teams and their first NBA coach.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is the other former Wildcat athlete leading a pro franchise.
Arizona has never had a former player coach an NBA or NFL team. Francona and former Arizona player Brad Mills have managed at the major-league level.
A few former Wildcats are assistant coaches in the NFL, including Chuck Cecil (St. Louis defensive coordinator), David Fipp (Philadelphia special teams coordinator) and Brant Boyer (Indianapolis assistant special teams coach).
The following tabulation of coaches and managers in the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, indicates where they competed in college.
California has the most former athletes as pro sports coaches or managers with four — Jason Kidd of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, Ron Rivera of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, Bryan Price (Cincinnati Reds skipper) and Bob Melvin (Oakland A’s manager).
If Kerr is hired by the Knicks, Arizona would become the eighth school to currently have at least two former players as a coach or manager at the highest level.
|Air Force||Greg Popovich/San Antonio||1|
|Baker||Mike McCarthy/Green Bay||1|
|Boston University||Brett Brown/Philadelphia||1|
|Brigham Young||Andy Reid/Kansas City||1|
|California||Jason Kidd/Brooklyn||Bryan Price/Cincinnati||Ron Rivera/Carolina||4|
|Cal-Irvine||Scott Brooks/Oklahoma City||1|
|Cal-Santa Barbara||Brian Shaw/Denver||1|
|Eastern Illinois||Sean Payton/New Orleans||1|
|Eastern Michigan||Terry Collins/N.Y. Mets||1|
|East Tennessee State||Mike Smith/Atlanta||1|
|Georgia Tech||Ken Whisenhunt/Tennessee||1|
|Idaho State||Marvin Lewis/Cincinnati||1|
|Illinois State||Mike Zimmer/Minnesota||1|
|Iowa||Bo Porter/Houston||Jim Caldwell/Detroit||2|
|Iowa State||Jeff Hornacek/Phoenix||1|
|Juniata College||Frank Vogel/Indiana||1|
|Lafayette||Joe Maddon/Tampa Bay||1|
|Loyola (Md.)||Michael Malone/Sacramento||1|
|Marquette||Doc Rivers/L.A. Clippers||1|
|Marshall||Mike D'Antoni/L.A. Lakers||1|
|Miami (Ohio)||John Harbaugh/Baltimore||1|
|Michigan||Mike Matheny/St. Louis||Jim Harbaugh/San Francisco||2|
|Michigan State||Kirk Gibson/Arizona||1|
|Minnesota State-Moorhead||Marc Trestman/Chicago||1|
|Mississippi State||Buck Showalter/Baltimore||1|
|Moorhead State||David Joerger/Memphis||1|
|Nevada-Las Vegas||Matt Williams/Washington||1|
|New Hampshire||Chip Kelly/Philadelphia||1|
|North Carolina||Walt Weiss/Colorado||1|
|North Dakota State||Gus Bradley/Jacksonville||1|
|Northwestern||Joe Girardi/N.Y. Yankees||1|
|Notre Dame||Monty Williams/New Orleans||1|
|Oklahoma State||John Farrell/Boston||2|
|Robin Ventura/Chicago White Sox|
|Pomona College||Mike Budenholzer/Atlanta||1|
|St. John's||Mark Jackson/Golden State||1|
|Salem State||Tom Thibodeau/Chicago||1|
|San Diego||Mike Brown/Cleveland||1|
|San Diego State||Bud Black/San Diego||John Fox/Denver||2|
|Southwestern Oklahoma State||Rex Ryan/N.Y. Jets||1|
|Tom Coughlin/N.Y. Gianta|
|Texas A&M||Dennis Allen/Oakland||1|
|Tulsa||Lovie Smith/Tampa Bay||1|
|USC||Jeff Fisher/St. Louis||1|
|Utah||Mike McCoy/San Diego||1|
|Virginia||Rick Carlisle/Dallas||Mike Pettine/Cleveland||2|
|Virginia Tech||Bruce Arians/Arizona||1|
|Wesleyan||Bill Belichek/New England||1|
|William & Jefferson||Joe Philbin/Miami||1|
|William & Mary||Mike Tomlin/Pittsburgh||1|