Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Best NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches of All Time

Originally posted on KCSportsNinja on March 23, 2014

*This list is not in any particular*

    John Wooden
John Wooden aka “The Wizard of Westwood”- Wooden would go on to win 10 National Championships, including seven in a row! Wooden would go on to be inducted in 1961 to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and eventually go on to be inducted into the the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 as well. Wooden posted a career coaching record of 664 wins and 162 losses. (a winning percentage of 804)

Tom Izzo
Even though he has just one National Championship, when it comes time for the NCAA Tournament, Tom Izzo is very dangerous and no team should take him or the Michigan State Spartans lightly!  Izzo has taken the Spartans to six final fours, seven regular seven Big Ten Championships, four Big Ten Tournament champions,and 17 appearances in the NCAA Tournament

 Mike Krzyzewski

When you think of Duke basketball, you automatically think of Mike Krzyzewski. NCAA tournament appearances 30 times, four National Championships and is the the only coach to ever to reach the 900 career milestone in wins all with one team! In addition he has coached team USA to two Gold Medals. Lets not forget after Mercer defeated Duke in the field of 64 and went over to their locker room to congratulate the Bears on a job well done! Coach K is without a doubt a person with a lot of class.

 Rick Pitino

He may have not had the best coaching career in the NBA, but Rick Pitino has had a lot of success at the college level. Pitino has coached two different teams to National Championships, Kentucky and Louisville respectively and the only coach to do so. He has also been the only coach to lead three different teams to the Final Four. (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville)

 Billy Donovan
Florida had been mainly known for its football program, but Billy Donovan the head coach of the Gators basketball team has put the program on the map. Donovan led the Gators to back-to-back National Champions in 2006 & 2007. This was the first time a school had won back to back National Championships since Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils did so in 1991 & 1992

 Jim Calhoun
Jim Calhoun is one of the only three coaches in NCAA history to win 3 National Championships. Calhoun also led Connecticut to of four Final Fours, 10 Big East regular season championships, and 7 Big East Tournaments Championships. Calhoun finished his coaching career with 866 wins, and was inducted into the the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, as well as the College Basketball Hall of Fame the following year

 Roy Williams
While at Kansas, Roy Williams made the Championship game and failed twice in both of those game. As the old cliche goes “Third times a charm” well that happened to be the case with Williams. In the 2004-05 seas0n he lead the North Carolina Tar Heels to its first National Championship in 12 years. (1993). After finally getting that burden of his back, four years later in the 2008-09 season, he lead the Tar Heels to another National Championship. As a Tar Heels fan, I have seen on numerous occasions him getting in the game himself and would and still does, gets excited whenever his team was stepping up showings a lot of passion! Williams was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dean Smith
North Carolina’s basketball court after one of the greatest coaches of all time, Dean Smith! Smith lead the Tar Heels to two national championships and 11 Final Fours. Smith was named the National Coach of the Year four times (1977, 1979, 1982, 1993) Dean’s success was not only limited with North Carolina, he also led the 1976 U.S. Olympics Men’ Basketball game to a Gold Medal! Smith has the most NCAA tournament appearances as a coach and has the second most Final Four berths (John Wooden had 12.)

Jim Boeheim
Not only is Jim Boeheim the coach of the Syracuse Orange, but it happens to be his Alma Mater as well! Since 1976, Boeheim has an astounding  total of 948 wins since being named head coach! In 2010, Boeheim had many accolades, such as the Big East Coach of the Year, Naismith College, College Coach of the Year,  AP Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year, Henry Iba Award, The Sporting News Coach of the Year, and the 2010 Big East Coach of the Year!

Lute Olson
During the 1997 , Lute Olson led his Arizona Wildcats to a National Championship. On top of that, Olson led the Wildcats to three victories against #1 seeds en-route  to their National Title. Olson also took the Wildcats to five Final Fours, won the Pac 1o (now Pac 12) tournament four times and 11 regular season championships. Before he came to Arizona, Olson also led the Iowa Hawkeyes to a Final Four appearance in the 1979-80 season.

Adolph Rupp
I would be a fool if I did not have Adolph Rupp on this list!n Rupp led the Kentucky Wildcats to 876 wins, 3 National Champions and a NIT Championship! Rupp would also led the Wildcats to six Final Fours, was named National Coach of the Year five times as well as a seven time SEC Coach of the Year!

Bobby Knight
One of my favorite coaches of all time is Bobby Knight due to his numerous antics he displayed which left me in tears due to laughter. One quote he used was one of the best I ever heard, “When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want they bury me upside and my critics can kiss my ass!” That aside, Knight captured three National Championships, including an undefeated season in 1975-1976. Also, just like Mike Krzyzewski, Knight has two Olympics Gold Medals as Team USA’s head coach.

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