sports The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time  

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The best college basketball coaches of all time are the winningest and most decorated men ever to coach NCAA college basketball. From the legends of the game from many decades ago to those coaches currently in their prime, these top college basketball coaches of all time will always be remembered as the best leaders and most brilliant minds to ever steer the best college basketball teams into the history books.

Easily regarded by many as the best college basketball coach ever, John Wooden won a remarkable 98-straight games and 10 NCAA titles over a 12-year span while coaching the UCLA Bruins in the 1960s and 1970s. Neither feat has ever been accomplished and quite simply no other coach has ever come close to this level of success.

But there are some areas where other coaches have topped the great Wizard of Westwood. Many current and former college basketball coaches from various divisions have a higher win count, like McKendree legend Henry Statham or Oregon Tech mainstay Danny Miles, or a higher winning percentage, like longtime Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp. There are also plenty of best current college basketball coaches who could very well meet or top Wooden's record of 12 NCAA titles such as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who through 2013 sits with 11 championships, or Rick Pitino or Roy Williams, both of which each sitting on seven titles a piece.

However you rank the best college basketball coaches ever, do it below by voting up the ones you think are best, voting down those that aren't, adding any not listed or re-ranking this list of the top NCAA college basketball coaches of all time!
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John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

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2
633 287
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

3
432 226
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Dean Smith age 84

4
382 239
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bob Knight age 75

5
322 236
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Izzo age 60

6
325 235
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Roy Williams age 65

7
258 210
Adolph Rupp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Adolph Rupp Died at 76 (1901-1977)

8
231 204
Jim Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jim Calhoun age 73

9
213 205
Jim Valvano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Jim Valvano Died at 47 (1946-1993)

10
218 224
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jim Boeheim age 71

11
251 268
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rick Pitino age 63

12
139 102
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Larry Brown age 75

13
148 156
Lute Olson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Lute Olson age 81

14
164 133
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Bill Self age 53

15
145 146
Jerry Tarkanian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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121 111
Phog Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Phog Allen Died at 89 (1885-1974)

17
188 211
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Calipari age 56

18
85 70
Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added Billy Donovan age 52

19
84 91
Al McGuire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
samgadoodle added Al McGuire Died at 73 (1928-2001)

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76 64
Denny Crum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added Denny Crum age 78

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78 87
Henry Iba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Henry Iba Died at 89 (1904-1993)

22
89 124
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

23
91 154
Lefty Driesell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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49 28
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Bob Huggins age 62

25
89 91
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mark Few age 53

26
51 45
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
looksharp added Brad Stevens age 41

27
76 115
Eddie Sutton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Eddie Sutton age 79

28
70 71
Bo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bo Ryan age 68

29
66 90
John Thompson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Thompson age 58

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48 53
Nolan Richardson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JacobHuneycutt added Nolan Richardson age 74

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77 120
Tubby Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Tubby Smith age 64

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57 108
John Chaney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added John Chaney age 83

33
37 44
Lou Carnasecca is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
MarcSherman added Lou Carnasecca

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53 61
Gary Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
KyleTurner added Gary Williams age 70

35
52 73
Don Haskins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Don Haskins Died at 78 (1930-2008)

36
24 8
Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jay Wright age 54

37
27 34
Rollie Massimino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
slaft added Rollie Massimino age 81

38
38 60
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mike Filliben added Sean Miller age 47

39
31 48
Gene Keady is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Gene Keady age 79

40
6 6
Frank McGuire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Frank McGuire Died at 80 (1914-1994)

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13 24
Clair Bee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JimThomas added Clair Bee Died at 87 (1896-1983)

42
31 64
Lou Henson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Lou Henson age 83

43
3 8
Tom Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Tom Davis age 77

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10 18
Jud Heathcote is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Jud Heathcote age 88

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11 7
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Gregg Marshall age 54

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10 19
Norm Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Norm Stewart age 80

47
8 17
Branch McCracken is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Branch McCracken Died at 62 (1908-1970)

48
19 44
Ray Meyer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Ray Meyer Died at 93 (1913-2006)

49
23 40
Archie Miller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JacobHuneycutt added Archie Miller age 37

50
8 19
Johnny Orr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Johnny Orr Died at 86 (1927-2013)