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
86 21
Dave Bliss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 75

2
72 25
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 57

3
60 20
Mike Rice Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 49

4
50 17
Matt Doherty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 56

5
38 13
Jeff Bzdelik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 66

6
43 19
Brian Ellerbe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 55

7
45 22
Billy Gillispie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

8
40 22
Bob Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 74

9
33 17
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 70

10
19 9
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
16 10
Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 58

12
28 23
Jim Harrick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 80

13
9 3
Todd Lickliter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Todd Lickliter age 63

14
14 9
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jimmy_reynolds_jr added age 52

15
21 17
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 64

16
16 12
Bob Staak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

17
5 0
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 47

18
7 3
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
4 1
Doc Sadler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Doc Sadler age 58

20
7 5
Fran Fraschilla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Fran Fraschilla age 60

21
5 4
John Thompson III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 52

22
8 8
Paul Graham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67

23
8 8
Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added age 55

24
10 11
Melvin Watkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

25
5 5
Stu Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added age 63

26
8 9
Larry Shyatt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67

27
7 8
Brian Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 70

28
11 13
Bill Foster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 88

29
6 7
Eddie Payne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 67

30
14 17
Mike Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 73

31
25 31
John Chaney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 86

32
7 9
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 66

33
6 8
Tom Crean is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 52

34
2 3
Kelvin Sampson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 63

35
5 7
Bernie Fine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Bernie Fine age 73

36
7 10
Seth Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added age 62

37
3 5
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 62

38
17 23
Larry Eustachy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

39
3 6
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 58

40
3 6
Tubby Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 67

41
3 7
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 78

42
47 66
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 78

43
23 35
P. J. Carlesimo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

44
8 16
Mark Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added age 49

45
11 26
Thad Matta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
jschro1861 added age 51

46
17 55
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time
age 65