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Who are the most winning men’s college basketball coaches? – NBC Chicago

Who are the most winning men's college basketball coaches?  – NBC Chicago

Who are the most winning men’s college basketball coaches? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

If there’s one thing every great college basketball team has, it’s tremendous leadership from the top.

Often it starts with coaches motivating their players to function as a cohesive unit in order to succeed.

Although a team’s success is primarily measured by its results, greater success can be achieved with coaches who make the effort to reach their athletes on an individual level, creating more effective and positive coaching models. .

With the 2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, fast approaching, let’s take a look at the most winning men’s college basketball coaches of all time:

1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils

Leading the Blue Devils for 41 seasons, Krzyzewski amassed an impressive 1196-365 record, holding the record for most wins as a college basketball coach.

He coached five NCAA championship teams (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015) and won six gold medals as head coach of the United States Men’s National Team.

Krzyzewski coached the Army for five years (1975-1980) and posted a 73-59 record.

After 46 years of coaching college basketball, Krzyzewski plans to retire after the 2021-22 season. Krzyzewski, 75, has created a dynasty that will be hard to match in years to come.

2. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Orange

Boeheim, 77, guided Orange to a formidable 1098-424 record, coaching the team for 46 years.

An alumnus of Syracuse (1966) himself, Boeheim led the team to five Final Four NCAA Tournament appearances, three National Title Game appearances and a National Championship in 2003. He was named a Big East Coach of the Year for four seasons.

Boeheim says he has “not planning to retire” in the near future.

3. Roy Williams, North Carolina Tar Heels

Williams coached Kansas for 15 years and North Carolina for 18, amassing a formidable career record of 903-264.

He led the Tar Heels to three National Championships (2005, 2009, 2017), five Final Four appearances and three ACC Tournament Championships.

Williams, who graduated from UNC in 1972, was named ACC Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the Year for two seasons each.

Williams, 71, retired from coaching in 2021.

4. Bob Knight, Texas Tech Red Raiders

Throughout his 45 years of college basketball coaching, Knight’s record was 899-374, leading the Army (102-50), Indiana (659-242) and Texas Tech (138 -82).

He led Indiana to three NCAA championships (1976, 1981, 1987) and coached five Final Four teams.

Knight, 81, was named Big Ten coach of the year four times during his career. He retired from coaching in 2008.

5. Dean Smith, North Carolina Tar Heels

Smith coached North Carolina for 36 years, establishing an 879-254 record.

He led the Tar Heels to 11 NCAA tournament finals and two national championships (1982 and 1993).

Smith was named National Coach of the Year four times and ACC Coach of the Year eight times.

Smith, 83, retired from coaching in 1997.

6. Jim Calhoun, Connecticut Huskies

In 40 years of training, Calhoun posted an 877-382 record, leading the Northeast (248-137) and Connecticut (629-245).

Calhoun made four NCAA Tournament finals, winning three NCAA championships (1999, 2004, 2011). He also won seven Big East Tournament championships.

Calhoun, 79, was named Big East Coach of the Year four times and retired in 2012.

7. Adolph Rupp, Kentucky Wildcats

In his 41 years of coaching, Rupp led the Wildcats to an 876-190 record.

He coached the team to six NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances and four NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958).

He was the first college basketball coach to win 800 or more games and was named SEC Coach of the Year seven times.

Rupp, who retired in 1972, deceased spinal cancer and diabetes. He was 76 years old.

8. Bob Huggins, West Virginia Mountaineers

Huggins has been a coach for 37 years, holding a record of 842-373. In his career, he led Akron (97-46), Cincinnati (398-128), Kansas State (23-12) and West Virginia (324-187).

The West Virginia graduate (1977) played in 59 NCAA tournaments, winning two Final Fours.

He led his team to 10 conference championships throughout his career and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year once (2014-15).

Huggins, 68, has a contract with WVU which would continue until he decided to retire.

9. Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Ellis has been a coach for 44 years, holding a record of 816-539. He led South Alabama (171-84), Clemson (179-129), Auburn (186-125) and Coastal Carolina (280-201).

Ellis played in 10 NCAA tournaments and won two conference championships. He was twice named ACC Coach of the Year.

Ellis, 76, said he had “no fixed deadline for retirement” back in 2017.

10. John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats

Coach for 30 years, Calipari has a 808-239 record, with Massachusetts (193-71), Memphis (252-69) and Kentucky (363-99).

He made six Final Four appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won an NCAA championship in 2012 as a Kentucky coach.

Calipari was named SEC Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015

Calipari, 63, has a 10-year contract with Kentucky that expires at the end of the 2028-29 season but has a possibility of resigning as Head Coach and Special Assistant Athletic Director/University Representative after six years (2025).