Tenure in collegiate sports is based on consistent success. Considering that college basketball coaches have had some of the longest tenures in all sports at all levels, it should come as no surprise to learn that there have been some truly remarkable individuals among them.
These are our top 5 college basketball coaches:
5. Jim Boeheim
Since the 1976-1977 season, Jim Boeheim has been coaching at Syracus. So far, he has managed to win 1 national title as well as 5 conference tournament titles and 11 regular season conference titles. Once, it was thought that he might be able to secure 1,000 wins, but that seems impossible now because sanctions against Syracuse mean that 108 of his wins will be stripped from him. As a result, it seems that he will miss the coveted number of wins before he retires in 2018.
4. Jim Calhoun
Jim Calhoun’s 14 years at Northeastern University was followed by 26 years at the University of Connecticut, culminating in his retirement after the 2011-2012 season. As head coach of the men’s basketball program at the University of Connecticut, he managed to secure no fewer than 3 national titles as well as one more win than Adolph Rupp, who had managed 876 wins in 41 years of coaching.
3. Bob Knight
Famous for his ferocious temper, Bob Knight was also famous for having the most wins of all college basketball coaches at the time of his retirement. In total, he won 102 games with Army, 659 games with Indiana, and 138 games with Texas Tech. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that he won 3 national titles, all while he was coaching at Indiana.
2. Mike Krzyzewski
Sometimes called Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski has won a host of titles including an astonishing 5 national titles. He has had the second most wins out of all college basketball coaches from his tenures at Army and Duke, though it is interesting to note that he still has time to make up the difference because he is still coaching. In fact, Krzyzewski has 964 wins with Duke at the moment, meaning that there is a real chance he will reach 1,000 wins with just Duke in the near future.
1. Dean Smith
Dean Smith started at the University of North Carolina and finished at the University of North Carolina. Over his 36 years as head coach, he managed to accumulate 2 national titles, 13 conference tournaments, and 17 regular season conference titles as well as the most wins out of all college basketball coaches at the time of his retirement. Interestingly, his will bequeathed each of his former letterhead $200 for a dinner out when he passed in 2015.