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The Best Current College Basketball Coaches 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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Updated May 22, 2020 28.3k votes 4k voters 35.3k views 71 items

List Rules Only current college basketball coaches. No historic, recently fired or resignations, or NBA coaches should be included

The best current basketball coaches are the wise, talented and experienced men who lead the best men's college basketball teams in the country in 2017-2018. These men lead the NCAA in career wins, have numerous championships under their belt and are among the best college basketball coaches of all time and the highest-paid current college basketball coaches too.

As the decorated head coach of the Duke Blue Devils since 1980, Mike Krzyzewski is easily regarded as the best current college basketball coach today. Set to surpass 1,000 career wins, Coach K as he is fondly known, doesn't just dominate in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with four titles but also the world as he'd led the US Men's Olympic Basketball Team to two gold medals.

While Krzyzewski is an easy favorite, there are dozens of other stellar college basketball coaches deserving of recognition. Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Roy Williams of North Carolina, Jay Wright of Villanova, and Bill Self of Kansas have all earned respect in the league as the best of the best. But some of the very best coaches don't play in the NCAA Division I. Take Harry Statham of McKendree for example. His over 1,000 wins over nearly 50 years top that of Coach K's yet coaching a Division II school puts him in a different category of elite.

So whether you are ranking the best current college basketball coaches by the number of titles they've won, how they've led your favorite team to a Cinderella run in March Madness or just that they've brought an ailing program back to greatness, surely you can find a way to rank these famous NCAA basketball coaches. Vote for your picks, add any not listed or re-rank this list of the best current college basketball coaches!

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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Duke Blue Devils

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Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
bigulcards added Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Churchville, Pennsylvania

Villanova Wildcats
3
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Age: 50

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Virginia Cavaliers
4
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Creswell, Oregon

Gonzga Bulldogs
5
Chris Beard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 69

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Marion, North Carolina, United States of America

North Carolina Tar Heels
7
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Iron Mountain, Michigan

Michigan State Spartans
8
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 60

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Moon, Pennsylvania

Teams: Clarion Golden Eagles men's basketball

Kentucky Wildcats
9
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States of America

Kansas Jayhawks

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John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
John Beilein Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Burt, New York

Michigan Wolverines
11
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added Age: 59

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Auburn Tigers

12
Matt Painter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added Age: 49

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Center Township, Muncie, Indiana, United States of America

Purdue Boilermakers
13
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Morgantown, West Virginia, United States of America

West Virginia Mountaineers
14
Rick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

Tennessee Volunteers  
15
Chris Mack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Age: 50

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Xavier Musketeers
16
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Greenwood, South Carolina

Wichita State Shockers
17
Dana Altman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Crete, Nebraska

Oregon Ducks
18
Dan Hurley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Age: 46

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

Rhode Island Rams

19
Buzz Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Greenville, Texas

Virginia Tech Hokies
20
Nate Oats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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Buffalo Bulls

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Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Duke Blue Devils men's basketball, Vancouver Grizzlies

Arizona State Sun Devils

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Eric Musselman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
hanifanm added Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio

23
Mike Brey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added Age: 60

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland

Teams: George Washington Colonials men's basketball, Northwestern State Demons basketball

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Kelvin Sampson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Laurinburg, North Carolina

Houston Cougars

25
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
millerump18 added Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

South Carolina Gamecocks