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The Greatest College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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Only NCAA college basketball coaches. No NBA coaches

Leading the best teams most likely to win March Madness 2018, 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
    1
  • Jay Wright
    3
    Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Churchville, Pennsylvania
  • Dean Smith
    4
  • Mike Krzyzewski
    5
    Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Bob Knight
    6
  • Geno Auriemma
    7
    Connecticut Huskies women's basketball
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Montella, Italy
  • Roy Williams
    8
    North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Marion
  • 9

    Tony Bennett

    Washington State, Virginia
    • Age: 49
  • Tom Izzo
    10
    Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Iron Mountain, Michigan
  • John Beilein
    11
    Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Burt, New York
  • Denny Crum
    13
  • Phog Allen
    14
  • Bill Self
    15
    Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketball
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States of America
  • Billy Donovan
    16
    Chicago Bulls
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York, United States of America
  • Adolph Rupp
    17
  • Jim Calhoun
    18
  • Larry Brown
    19
    SMU Mustangs men's basketball
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Al McGuire
    20
  • Jim Valvano
    22
  • Mark Few
    23
    Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Creswell, Oregon
  • John Calipari
    24
    Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Moon, Pennsylvania
    • Teams: Clarion Golden Eagles men's basketball
  • Henry Iba
    25