Who Are Some of the Top-Rated College Basketball Coaches?


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Among college basketball head coaches still working as of 2015, the top-rated coaches are Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in men's basketball and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma in women's basketball. Krzyzewski holds the all-time Division 1 record with 1,018 wins, while Auriemma's teams have a 917-134 record and a record 10 NCAA championships.

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Krzyzewski's teams have won five NCAA championships, reached 12 Final Fours, and missed the NCAA tournament only once since the 1983-1984 season. Auriemma has the highest winning percentage in NCAA women's basketball history and led his team to ten championships in 21 seasons.

Coaches who have been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame are almost universally considered to be great coaches. As of 2015, there are five active men's coaches who are already in the Hall of Fame: Krzyzewski, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, SMU coach Larry Brown, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Louisville coach Rick Pitino. There are four active women's coaches who are in the Hall of Fame: Auriemma, North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, and Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer.

Many people consider Michigan State men's coach Tom Izzo to be the best coach in college basketball because of his success in the NCAA tournament. His teams have a 37-14 record in the NCAA tournament, including many upsets, such as his #7-seeded team's surprising run to the Final Four in 2015.

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