All About the Wins

All About the Wins

As hard as it might be to believe, Mike Krzyzewski wasn’t always considered a great head basketball coach. In his first three seasons at Duke University, “Coach K” had compiled a record of 38-47, including 13-29 in the ACC. In those initial years, the Blue Devils never finished higher than fifth in the conference. Fans and boosters were calling for his firing, but then-Athletic Director Tom Butters preached patience to the Duke faithful.

And the rest is history. Today, more than 40 years and five NCAA championships later, Krzyzewski stands alone as the winningest NCAA Division I basketball head coach in history. And he’s still going.

Below is a list of the Top 35 winningest coaches in the history of Division I college basketball (* designates a still-active head coach):

 

1. MIKE KRZYZEWSKI (1,162) *

2. JIM BOEHEIM (1,072) *

3. BOB KNIGHT (899)

4. ROY WILLIAMS (893) *

5. DEAN SMITH (879)

6. JIM CALHOUN (877) *

7. ADOLPH RUPP (876)

8. BOB HUGGINS (818) *

9. EDDIE SUTTON (806)

10. CLIFF ELLIS (791) *

11. CHARLES “LEFTY” DRIESELL (786)

12. JOHN CALIPARI (779) *

13. LUTE OLSON (776)

14. LOU HENSON (775)

14. RICK PITINO (775) *

16. JERRY TARKANIAN (761)

17. E.A. DIDDLE (759)

18. HANK IBA (752)

19. RAY MEYER (724)

20. PHOG ALLEN (719)

20. DON HASKINS (719)

22. RICK BARNES (718) *

23. BILL SELF (718) *

24. DANA ALTMAN (678) *

25. MIKE MONTGOMERY (676)

26. DENNY CRUM (675)

27. RALPH MILLER (674)

28. GARY WILLIAMS (668)

29. LON KRUGER (665) *

30. JOHN WOODEN (664)

31. JIM LARRANAGA (637) *

32. TOM IZZO (636) *

33. HUGH DURHAM (634)

33. NORM STEWART (634)

35. TUBBY SMITH (625) *

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