Who had the Most Wins as a Head Coach in College Basketball History?

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Most Wins by a Head Coach in NCAA D1 College Basketball


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There have been many coaching masterminds in college basketball’s history in the United States. These coaches are just as, if not, more important than the actual players on the court. Get Free WINNING college basketball picks and college basketball preddictions all season at Sports Chat Place.

Let’s take a look at the ten coaches who have the most wins of all-time in college basketball.

* = still coaching

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  1. Mike Krzyzewski (Army West Point, Duke) - 1157 wins*

Coach K has been the greatest college basketball coach of all-time for a while now. He has 92 more wins than the next coach on this list. Coach K has led his Duke Blue Devils to five NCAA D1 National Championships, 12 Final Fours, 15 ACC Conference Championships, and 12 Regular Season ACC Championships. It is without a doubt that Coach K is the G.O.A.T in college basketball coaching. 

  1. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) - 1065 wins ** (101 wins vacated due to violations). 

Although Jim Boeheim did have 101 wins vacated due to violations, he has still won 1065 games for his Syracuse Orange. Boeheim has led his Orange to 5 Final Fours and 1 National Championship (2003). Any time Syracuse makes the NCAA Tourney under Boeheim, they are a dangerous team to play against, no matter the seed. 

  1. Bob Knight (Army, Indiana, Texas Tech) - 899 wins 

Bob Knight is one of the most well-remembered coaches in college basketball history. His unorthodox style of coaching was successful for many years, which included three National Championships (1976, 1981, 1987 - All with Indiana). Knight called it quits with coaching in the middle of 2007-08 season, where his son, Pat Knight, took over. 

  1. Roy Williams (Kansas, North Carolina) - 885 wins *

Most likely after the 2020 season, Roy Williams will pass Bob Knight for the 3rd spot on this list. Coach Williams has been one of the most winningest coaches of all time, with a .778 lifetime win percentage. Williams has won three National Championships (2005, 2009, 2017 - All with UNC). Williams, Coach K, and Boeheim make the modern-day ACC a coaches Hall-of-Fame in itself. 

  1. Dean Smith (North Carolina) - 879 wins 

Dean Smith knew how to reach the final four during his 36-year tenure at North Carolina. Smith led the Tar-Heels to 11 Final Fours and back-to-back National Championships in 1982 and 1983. Smith also won 13 Conference Championships and 17 Regular Season Conference Championships. Smith led his Tar-Heels to the NCAA Tourney 27 times. 

  1. Jim Calhoun (Northeastern, Connecticut) - 877 wins

Jim Calhoun was a pioneer for college basketball head coaches to come. Calhoun had great success with a Northeastern school that does not have the recruiting luxury of other high-profile schools. Of course, Calhoun is most remembered for his time with UConn, in which he won three National Championships and reached 4 Final Fours. 

  1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 876 wins

Mr. Kentucky, Adolph Rupp coached his Wildcats for 41 seasons from 1930-31 to 1971-72. Rupp was one of the first coaches that showed how imperative his position was to the sport and the NCAA. There is no wonder why Kentucky plays its home games at Rupp Arena, as Adolph will forever mean a lot for Kentucky basketball. Rupp won four National Championships (48’, 49’, 51’, 58’), and he will forever be one of the greats. 

  1. Bob Huggins (Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, West Virginia) - 809 wins* 

Bob Huggins is still coaching for West Virginia as of now. Unfortunately, at the moment, Huggins is one of the greatest and most winningest head coaches without an NCAA Championship title. Huggins’ last trip to the final four was in 2009-10 with WVU. He has coached in six different conferences and has made a great career for himself. 

  1. Eddie Sutton (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, San Francisco) - 806 wins

Sutton coached from 1969 - 2008 for five different schools in his extremely impressive career. Despite not winning a National Championship, Sutton did make it to two Final Fours, both with Oklahoma State (his longest endeavor)

  1. Lefty Driesell (Davidson, Maryland, James Madison, Georgia State) - 786 wins

Lefty Driesell may have not made it to any Final Fours or National Championships, but he was certainly a players’ coach. Driesell loved taking on tall challenges in his many endeavors throughout the NCAA D1 College hoops realm. He coached from 1960 until 2002 for four different schools in five different conferences.

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