Sorry to break it to you Duke fans, but Roy Williams take the No. 1 spot on this list.
When you have to deal with the expectations of not one but two of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball, that is certainly noteworthy. Considering that Williams not only had to deal with the heightened pressures left by Larry Brown with the Jayhawks, only to leave and come to his alma mater where his goal was nothing short of a championship, his success has been remarkable.
Williams returned to Chapel Hill to restore his university to its former glory and was expected to bring home a national championship which he had never won his entire career. However, in just five seasons, Williams has claimed as many national championships as his legendary mentor Dean Smith and claimed his spot as the best coach to deal with the pressures of college basketball today.
Not only the two national championships, Williams has seven Final Fours, five tournament titles, eight regular season titles and nine 30-win seasons at two of the most prestigious schools and conferences one can imagine.
Roy Williams has also collected some of the best talent college basketball has had to offer the past few decades. Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison were all Kansas players who ended up having their jerseys hanging up in the rafters after working alongside Roy Williams.
At North Carolina, he has been able to build future NBA teams with the depth and athleticism he has collected over the years. We all know that Tyler Hansbrough had one of the best collegiate careers of all-time, but Ty Lawson, Danny Green, Wayne Ellington, and Deon Thompson helped propel the Tar Heels towards greatness.
Perhaps the most impressive thing is that the Tar Heels do not seem to miss a beat. Even when they pick up the national championship and virtually the entire team declares for the NBA Draft, North Carolina still proves to be one of the top teams in the country (as long as they avoid the College of Charleston).
After winning it all in 2005, North Carolina backed it up with a second place finish in the ACC and yet another ticket into the Big Dance. In fact, Williams has never lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament as a head coach. No one else on this list can claim such a feat.
In truth, Williams does everything a major program could want. He brings in utter superstars, he wins big games, he wins conference titles, and he win national titles. He even does it all with a charismatic aura that cannot help but keep recruits coming and fans loyal.
Sports may be a cut throat business, but Williams is a pro and he is not going away any time soon.