College Sports The Best Current College Basketball Coaches  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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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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596 474
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 72
Duke Blue Devils

2
439 378
Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
bigulcards added age 58
Villanova Wildcats

3
449 488
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 69
North Carolina Tar Heels

4
434 518
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 64
Michigan State Spartans

5
437 457
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 66
Michigan Wolverines

6
277 210
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 50
Virginia Cavaliers

7
306 308
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 57
Gonzga Bulldogs

8
350 427
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 60
Kentucky Wildcats

9
347 448
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 57
Kansas Jayhawks

10
284 392
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 75
Syracuse Orange

11
255 323
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 66
West Virginia Mountaineers

12
135 128
Rick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 65
Tennessee Volunteers  

13
160 194
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 56
Wichita State Shockers

14
128 187
Buzz Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 47
Virginia Tech Hokies

15
48 38
Matt Painter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added Matt Painter age 49
Purdue Boilermakers

16
58 38
Chris Beard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Chris Beard

Texas Tech Red Raiders

17
56 51
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 59

Auburn Tigers

18
69 56
Chris Mack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 50
Xavier Musketeers

19
100 112
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
millerump18 added age 53
South Carolina Gamecocks
 

20
79 84
Mike Brey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 60

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

21
88 147
Jim Larrañaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 70
Miami Hurricanes

22
145 277
Shaka Smart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 42
Texas Longhorns

23
29 22
Nate Oats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
lowec added Nate Oats

Buffalo Bulls

24
113 207
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added age 51
Arizona Wildcats

25
55 45
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 48

Arizona State Sun Devils