College Sports The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
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The worst basketball coaches of all time are those unique NCAA Men's Basketball coaches who are actually hated by fans of their team but loved by fans of opposing teams for one reason or another. Unlike the best college basketball coaches of all time, these men led their team into the gutter, broke the rules and made some really awful decisions to earn a place on this list.

While the absolute worst college basketball coach of all time is up for debate, one name frequently finds its way to the top of these lists: Dave Bliss. It wasn't the 61-57 record he had over four seasons at Baylor that made him a bad coach, it was his role in the aftermath when one of his players murdered another. Add in recruiting and other NCAA violations and he is easily among the worst college basketball coaches ever.

Others on this list had really impressive coaching records but did one thing or another to disgrace their personal reputation. Bobby Knight won three NCAA Men's Basketball Championships but add in his rape jokes, racism, verbal diarrhea and other unsavory confrontations and his missteps make a good argument to outweigh his accomplishments.

Even the best current college basketball coaches are certainly not saints and plenty have losing records but few will ever fall as far as these disgraced college basketball coaches have. How do you rank the worst NCAA Basketball coaches? Be it by their miserable records of their abuse of players and NCAA violations, rank them below!
list ordered by

1
88 23
Dave Bliss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 75

2
77 27
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 57

3
61 20
Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 49

4
51 18
Matt Doherty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 56

5
41 13
Jeff Bzdelik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 66

6
49 22
Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

7
45 19
Brian Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 55

8
42 22
Bob Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 74

9
34 20
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 70

10
20 11
Kevin O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Died at 77 (1908-1985)

11
12 3
Todd Lickliter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Todd Lickliter age 63

12
18 10
Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 58

13
18 12
Bob Staak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

14
23 18
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 64

15
29 26
Jim Harrick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 80

16
15 11
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jimmy_reynolds_jr added age 52

17
6 2
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 47

18
9 6
Richard Pitino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Richard Pitino age 36

19
3 0
Ernie Kent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 63

20
8 6
John Thompson III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 52

21
8 6
Fran Fraschilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Fran Fraschilla age 60

22
5 3
Oliver Purnell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 65

23
3 1
Frankie Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 69

24
3 1
Ben Braun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Ben Braun age 65

25
2 0
Josh Pastner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 41

26
10 10
Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added age 55

27
5 4
Doc Sadler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Doc Sadler age 58

28
9 9
Paul Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67

29
8 8
Brian Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 70

30
3 2
Fang Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Fang Mitchell

31
7 7
Eddie Payne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67

32
1 0
Bob Weltlich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bob Weltlich age 74

33
1 0
Cy Alexander is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Cy Alexander age 62

34
1 0
Tom Brennan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Tom Brennan age 69

35
1 0
Mike Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added age 58

36
1 0
Bill Herrion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bill Herrion age 60

37
1 0
Dave Magarity is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Dave Magarity

38
1 0
Willis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Willis Wilson age 58

39
1 0
Gerry Friel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Gerry Friel

40
1 0
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bill Evans

41
1 0
Stan Morrison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Stan Morrison age 79

42
1 0
Horace Broadnax is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Horace Broadnax age 54

43
1 0
Nick Macarchuk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Nick Macarchuk

44
1 0
Robert Moreland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Robert Moreland

45
1 0
Jim Wooldridge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jim Wooldridge age 63

46
1 0
Rick Samuels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Rick Samuels

47
12 14
Bill Foster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 88

48
3 3
Jim Baron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jim Baron age 64

49
11 13
Melvin Watkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

50
15 18
Mike Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 73