10 Best College Basketball Coaches Ever
Who are the 10 best college basketball coaches ever? The men who roam the sidelines may never step onto the court, but their presence is definitely felt. These coaches are considered the best because of their long track records of continually producing great teams.
- John Wooden- Wooden, one of the greatest coaches of any sport, led UCLA to a record ten NCAA championships, including seven in a row. Known as the "Wizard of Westwood" he has 664 career college victories.
- Dean Smith- Smith is best known for the 36 years he spent coaching at the University of North Carolina. During this time he led UNC to two national championships. When he retired in 1997, he was the career leader in Division I coaching wins with 879.
- Mike Krzyzewski- Krzyzewski has been the Duke coach since 1980, after five years coaching Army. At Duke, he has won three NCAA championships, twelve ACC titles and has won a record 71 NCAA tournament games.
- Roy Williams- Williams has quickly become one of the best college coaches ever after coaching two basketball powerhouses: Kansas and North Carolina. He has won two championships and 611 career wins. He also is the winningest active coach by percentage among coaches with at least ten years experience.
- Bobby Knight- Knight may be better known for his antics rather than being one of the best college coaches ever, but there is no arguing his accomplishments. He won three championships at Indiana and is the career wins leader with 902.
- Adolph Rupp- Rupp was one of the best and most successful college coaches ever. The Kentucky coach is third in all-time wins with 876. He won four NCAA championship and led Kentucky to 20 NCAA tournaments appearances.
- Eddie Sutton- Sutton coached at several schools including his alma mater Oklahoma State. He has the notable distinction of being the first coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA tournament. He is one of eight coaches to have at least 800 wins.
- Forrest Allen- "Phog" Allen was known as the "Father of Basketball Coaching." He led Kansas to three national championships.
- Jim Valvano- Best known for leading NC State to the 1983 national championship, Valvano became one of the best college coaches during his 21-year career where he amassed 346 career victories.
- Edgar Diddle- Diddle coached at several schools, most notably at Western Kentucky University from 1922 to 1964. He averaged 25 wins per season and only had five losing seasons during his 42-year career.