Last year, Chris Burrows put together a list for Run the Floor of the most followed college basketball coaches. He attempted to use every method possible for selecting the most verified account for all ~345 Division-I head coaches using a combination of Google searches and Twitter User searches. He was able to locate 189 accounts for head basketball coaches, most of which were active.
This year I deleted a few from his list, and added several more. Currently the list is at 191 coaches.
There are still plenty of oddities. There is an account for Coach K, though it has never been used. Still, with over 2,000 followers - many of whom are Duke bloggers - if the account ever does send a tweet you can be sure it won't happen quietly.
The biggest account is Coach Calipari, with 1,244,546 followers at the time of publishing. The other 190 coaches combine for 1,229,668 followers. But overall, the effect of Twitter is growing. Last year 22 coaches had more than 10,000 followers. Now that number is at 36.
You can follow coaches individually, or just go here and click 'subscribe' to follow the entire list.
Please email me at the 'contact' link above if you see a handle that is missing or is incorrect. This was a pretty huge undertaking, so there are no doubt some errors.
|7||South Carolina||Frank Martin||@FrankMartin_SC||34,375|
|8||West Virginia||Bob Huggins||@CoachHuggs||27,287|
|9||NC State||Mark Gottfriend||@Mark_Gottfried||26,451|
|10||Virginia Commonwealth||Shaka Smart||@coachsmartvcu||25,582|