That hat isn't a throwback to the Malcom X Hats of 1992, is it? Nope, Phil is sporting the celebratory lid of one who has captured the 10th title of his career. That puts him on a pedestal alone, above even Red Auerback of the Boston Celtics, who has nine titles.
Notice the non-chalante grin? Has has held that Naismith Trophy before.
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Red Auerbach passed away on Oct. 28, 2006, so lets give him some props. Until June 13, 2009, he was the most winning coach of the NBA. Between 1946 and 1967, Coach Auerbach won 11 Eastern Division Titles and nine NBA Championships for the Boston Celtics.
His teams were built around Hall of Famers Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, and Larry Bird, among many others.
His legacy includes the naming of the NBA Coach of the Year Award.
From 1967 through 2002, Coach Bowman led three different NHL teams, the Habs, the Pens, and the Wings, to win the Stanley Cup. No other coach in U.S. professional sports has repeated with three teams.
He also holds the NHL record for the most wins in the regular season, 1244, and the postseason, 223. He won the Jack Adams award for Coach of the Year twice, only surpassed by Patt Burns.
Coach Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood, coached between 1946 and 1975. He recorded 10 NCAA National Championships UCLA in a 12-year span. He won 667 games in 27 seasons. His longest winning streak spanned 88 games over four perfect 30-0 seasons.
Hall of Famers Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton were anchor players on his championship teams.
He is also famous for his motivational tool, the Wooden Pyramid of Success.
Chuck Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers between 1969 and 1991 to 209 victories. He holds a record four NFL Superbowl Championships. His halmark 4-3 defense was nicknamed the "Steel Curtain."
His teams were anchored by Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, and Lynn Swann. Defensively, the cornerstones were Joe Greene, and Jack Lambert. He received Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1993.
Pat Summitt has coached the University of Tennessee Lady Vols since 1974. She has led them to a record eight NCAA Division One Women's Basketball Championships, 14 SEC Championships and 13 SEC Tournament Championships.
She has more career victories than any coach in any collegiate sport, 1005. Coach Summitt has been awarded Coach of the Year seven times.
Her 1997-98 team ran the table with 39-0 record, and three players being named All Americans, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, and Semeka Randall. Holdsclaw and Summitt were named Player and Coach of the Century.
From 1972 to 2008 John McDonnell coached the Arkansas Razorbacks Cross Country then Track and Field teams to 42 national Championships. These are comprised of 11 Cross Country, 19 Indoor Track and 12 Outdoor Track titles.
These are the most titles in NCAA history and greater than the 27 Championships held by the second most victorious track and field coach, Pat Henry formerly of LSU and currently Texas A&M. He coached Arkansas to a record five national triple crowns, and 84 SEC Championships.
He coached 185 All Americans, 54 national champions, and 23 Olympians. He was named national, regional or conference Coach of the Year 140 times.
Casey Stengel, "The Old Perfessor", from 1934 through 1965 coached the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Boston Braves, the New York Yankees, and the New York Mets. He accumulated seven Wolrd Series Championships and and 10 American League Penants with the Yankees.
His career wins were 1,905 with a winning percentage of 50.8 percent. He has been inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame and had his No. 37 retired by both the Yankees and the Mets.
John McGraw coached the Baltimore Orioles and then the New York Giants from 1899-1932. He won three World Series Championships and 10 National League penants.
His record stands at 2,763 and 1,948. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937. Although he did not have a number on his jersey, he was honored as such by the San Francisco Giants.
McGraw has the second most ejections by a coach, 131.