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The Best Current College Basketball Coaches

Updated May 22, 2020 31.5k votes 4.1k voters 36.1k views68 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGreen Bay, Wisconsin

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

    Virginia Cavaliers
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    Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Duke Blue Devils

    More Mike Krzyzewski 

    #29 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#6 of 10 Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches

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    Chris Beard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches

    Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Jay Wright

    Age: 59

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChurchville, Pennsylvania

    Villanova Wildcats
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    Matt Painter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCenter Township, Muncie, Indiana, United States of America

    Purdue Boilermakers
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    Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Mark Few

    Age: 58

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCreswell, Oregon

    Gonzga Bulldogs
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    Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Auburn Tigers

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    Chris Mack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Chris Mack

    Age: 51

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Xavier Musketeers
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    Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMarion, North Carolina, United States of America

    North Carolina Tar Heels
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    Eric Musselman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAshland, Ohio

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    Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Tom Izzo

    Age: 65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceIron Mountain, Michigan

    Michigan State Spartans
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    Rick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    Tennessee Volunteers  
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    John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMoon, Pennsylvania

    TeamsClarion Golden Eagles men's basketball

    Kentucky Wildcats
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    Dana Altman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCrete, Nebraska

    Oregon Ducks
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    Dan Hurley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Dan Hurley

    Age: 47

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey

    Rhode Island Rams

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    Kelvin Sampson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLaurinburg, North Carolina

    Houston Cougars

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    Leonard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

    Florida State Seminoles
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    Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Duke Blue Devils men's basketball, Vancouver Grizzlies

    Arizona State Sun Devils

    More Bobby Hurley 

    #103 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#8 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

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    Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Bill Self

    Age: 58

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOkmulgee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Kansas Jayhawks
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    John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    John Beilein

    Age: 67

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBurt, New York

    Michigan Wolverines
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    Nate Oats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Buffalo Bulls

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    Scott Drew is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Scott Drew

    Age: 50

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Baylor Bears
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    Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGreenwood, South Carolina

    Wichita State Shockers
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    Mike Brey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    Mike Brey

    Age: 61

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBethesda, Maryland

    TeamsGeorge Washington Colonials men's basketball, Northwestern State Demons basketball

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMorgantown, West Virginia, United States of America

    West Virginia Mountaineers
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