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Top College Basketball Coaches with the Most Career Wins (Part III)

Jim Calhoun earned three NCAA tournament titles.

Jim Calhoun

Career Wins:  877

NCAA Tournament Titles:  3

Final Fours:  4


Jim Calhoun retired as the head coach of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program after the 2011–12 season. The first 14 years of his career were at Northeastern, then he spent 26 years at UConn. At UConn, he earned three national titles. 


Dean Smith

Career Wins:  879

NCAA Tournament Titles:  2

Final Fours:  11


Dean Smith spent his whole coaching career, 36 years, at the University of North Carolina. During that time, he won two national titles, 17 regular-season conference titles, and 13 conference tournaments. At the time of Smith’s retirement, he had the record for the most wins in a college basketball coaching career. After he died in 2015, Smith’s estate gave $200 to each of his former lettermen so they could have a nice dinner. 


Bob Knight

Career Wins:  899

NCAA Tournament Titles:  3

Final Fours:  5


Bob Knight, who became famous for losing his cool at times, won 138 games as the head coach at Texas Tech, 102 games as the head coach of Army, and 659 games as the head coach at Indiana. He won all three of his national championships at Indiana. When he retired, Knight held the record for the most wins in a college basketball coaching career.


Jim Boeheim

Career Wins:  1,003*

NCAA Tournament Titles:  1

Final Fours:  5


This one comes with a huge caveat. Since the 1976–77 season, Jim Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse. Over time, he has led the Orange to over 1,000 wins. Though, thanks to a report on Syracuse athletics, 101 of Boeheim’s wins were vacated because of having ineligible players. 


However, even with the vacated wins, Boeheim still has a second place on this list. Boeheim coached his teams to five Final Four appearances and one national title. He joined the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Top College Basketball Coaches with the Most Career Wins (Part II)

Eddie Sutton led his team to 806 victories during his career as a basketball coach.

Eddie Sutton

Career Wins:  806

NCAA Tournament Titles: 0

Final Fours: 3


Eddie Sutton has held some of the most esteemed jobs in the country and he’s also a true college basketball legend. He began his career at Creighton and then had stopped at Kentucky and Arkansas before landing the job that he is most famous for, Oklahoma State. In 2007, he accepted the interim head-coaching job at the University of San Francisco for the purpose of earning his 800th career win.


In total, Sutton took his teams to three Final Fours (two with Oklahoma State and one with Arkansas), won two AP Coach of the Year awards, and was accepted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Roy Williams

Career Wins:  810

NCAA Tournament Titles: 2

Final Fours: 8


Roy Williams has accrued over 750 career wins and still holding it down. He’s had only two jobs over the course of his amazing coaching career. He started his career in 1988 at Kansas, where he went on to win over 400 games and have four Final Four appearances.


Williams got his “dream job” at North Carolina in 2003 and has since led the Tar Heels to over 390 wins, two national championships, and four Final Four appearances. Williams joined the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. 

Adolph Rupp

Career Wins:  876

NCAA Tournament Titles: 4

Final Fours: 6


Adolph Rupp spent his whole 41-year career as head coach at the University of Kentucky. During that time, he transformed the Wildcats into one of the top programs in the country and verified himself as a college basketball legend. Besides his 876 career wins, Rupp coached 44 NBA Draft picks, earned four national titles, had six Final Four appearances, and won five national Coach of the Year honors.


Top College Basketball Coaches with the Most Career Wins (Part I)

These coaches are some of the best.

College basketball is home to some of the longest, greatest tenured coaches in all of the sports. Tenure is a thing that coaches earn with on-court success and with coaching tenure comes program stability.

Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has had the Blue Devils’ job since the 1980–81 season. He is the only coach that the NCAA acknowledges as a part of the 1,000-win club.

Since 2011, Coach K has owned the all-time wins record for a men’s college basketball coach. But the huge milestone he obtained in 2015 (1,000 wins) made everyone wonder about what other men’s college basketball coaches got the most wins of all time. Here’s are some of the winningest coaches in college basketball history.

Lute Olson

Career Wins:  776   

NCAA Tournament Titles: 1

Final Fours: 5


Lute Olson is the one that put the Arizona Wildcats on the college basketball map. After stints with Iowa (nine seasons) and Long Beach State (one season), he accepted the Arizona job and went on to spend the last 24 years of his great coaching career leading the Wildcats. In 2002, Olson was inaugurated into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.


Lefty Driesell

Career Wins:  786

NCAA Tournament Titles: 0

Final Fours: 0


Lefty Driesell never got any of his teams to Final Four appearance a national title, but he is still one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history. He had jobs at James Madison (nine seasons), Georgia State (six seasons), Davidson (nine seasons), and Maryland (17 seasons). Driesell is the one responsible for beginning the “Midnight Madness” craze (at Maryland). In 2007, he joined the College Basketball Hall of Fame.


Mike Krzyzewski

Career Wins:  1,070

NCAA Tournament Titles:  5

Final Fours:  12


Coach Mike Krzyzewski spent five years as the head coach at Army before accepting the job at Duke. All he has done in his time at Duke is win 14 conference tournament titles, five national titles, make 12 Final Fours, and win 12 regular-season conference titles.