Jack Gardner, I know most of you might reverse the order of first two. IMO, getting into the NCAA during his tenure was harder, a final four with Jerry Chambers being MVP after a 4th place finish, developing players like Mike Newlin.
Rick Majerus. There will never be another like him. Lived basketball. Put Utah in the spotlight while basketball was THE sport at Utah. His behavior tainted his legacy.
Bill Foster. Only a couple years, lead Utes to NIT finals when they were considerably more impressive.
Jerry Pimm. Stalwart, consistent. Put Utes in tourney year after year. Had some incredible teams and players. That he left Utah for UC Santa Barbara caught many of us not “in the know” by surprise. Had my favorite teams to watch. Judkins, Vranes, Chambers. . .
Larry Krystkowiak. Would love to see Larry jump over a couple of coaches above him, and he might have that chance.
IMO he needs to learn how to better interact with his players to reduce the number of transfers. Yes lots of schools suffer from transfers. The better teams retain talent unless they go direct from school to pros.
I want to say he faces an uphill battle because Utes are now PAC12, but back in the day the coaches ranked above him faced some great teams, and there were fewer teams invited to the big show.
Lynn Archibald. Really great human. Couldn’t keep Utes at the level we all expected them to play at. Known before he became HC as a great recruiter.
Jim Boylen. Order of these last two is tough. After Chris Hill made the poor Giacoletti hire, he worked very hard to find a great replacement coach. Consesus around the Big10 was Boylen was ready and would flourish. That he is HC of the Bulls, (at least for now), surprises me.
Ray Giacoletti. I think Chris got bad info about Giacoletti. He has proven to be a decent assistant, no more. One of the few hires for which Hill seemed less prepared.