Coaches The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Can include all college coaches from any period and any sport, as long as they're primarily college coaches

The most high strung coaches in college sports include those leaders who, for whatever reason, are simply vibrating on an entirely different plane when they're coaching. The coaches on this list represent some of the most controlling, temperamental and passionate in all of college sports. Whether it's the crazy, downright combustible rantings of college football coaches like Nebraska's Bo Pelini and Florida's Will Muschamp or the fiery anger exhibited by college hoops coaches like Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari, it's hard not to be captivated by these coaches' enthusiasm. Just one piercing look or crazy face by Alabama's Nick Saban or Mike Krzyzewski of Duke can make a so-so game that much better. And even though he's retired now, yes, Bob Knight, The General, makes the list (so does the now-retired Gary Williams, Maryland's former head basketball coach).

Some college basketball and football coaches are known for being hot-headed and/or slightly crazy on the court or on the field, but one thing that's notable about this list: Many of those on it are also incredibly successful. Does being high strung necessarily ensure success? No, but it can help to fire up a team that might be sagging a bit. Players who see their coaches being so passionate might be a bit more motivated to push just that much harder in games (particularly if the coach's 'passion' is directed at them). Fans, in turn, might also yell louder and clamp or stomp harder when they see the coach of their favorite team getting all kinds of worked up. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that a high strung college coach can make games all the more exciting!

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Dana Holgorsen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Jon McNemar added Dana Holgorsen age 47

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Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bob Huggins age 65

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Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bob Knight age 78

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Bo Pelini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bo Pelini age 51

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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Nick Saban age 67

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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
swag added Jim Harbaugh age 55

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Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Frank Martin age 52

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Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Brian Kelly age 57

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Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Izzo age 63

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Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Will Muschamp age 47

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Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Rick Pitino age 66

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Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
RobLein added Woody Hayes Died at 74 (1913-1987)

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Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bobby Petrino age 57

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Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Filliben added Sean Miller age 50

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Tom Crean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Tom Crean age 52

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John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
John Calipari age 59

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Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Clay Glenny added Jim Boeheim age 74

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Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Bo Schembechler Died at 77 (1929-2006)

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Mike Stoops is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Filliben added Mike Stoops age 57

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Gene Keady is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Gene Keady age 82

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Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
pigonthewing added Gary Patterson age 58

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Barry Switzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Barry Switzer age 81

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Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports

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Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Bob Stoops age 58

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Bo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Bo Ryan age 71

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Pat Summitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Pat Summitt age 66

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Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Mike Rice Jr. age 49

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Pat Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Pat Fitzgerald age 44

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Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Jimbo Fisher age 53

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Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

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Anthony Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Anthony Grant age 52

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Fran McCaffery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
robinsontravis78 added Fran McCaffery age 59

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Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Mike Gundy age 51

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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports

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Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Dabo Swinney age 49

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Geno Auriemma is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Tom Derr added Geno Auriemma age 64

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Gary Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Gary Williams age 73

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Kim Mulkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Kim Mulkey age 56

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Chip Kelly is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Chip Kelly age 55

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Thad Matta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Thad Matta age 51

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Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added Steve Alford age 54

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George O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
The Round Mound added George O'Leary age 72

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Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most High Strung Coaches in College Sports
Lane Kiffin age 43