Hair You Go: The Top 10 Hairdos of Coaches in Sports
There are coaches in sports who love the media. There are others who shy away from outside attention. Other coaches, well, they just don't care, either way.
But, there is one thing that all coaches have in common...they all have heads.
What's on their heads is a different story.
Some are bald, some are grey. Some have short, some have long. Some spend hours, some spend no time at all.
Could hair lead a team to victory? Does hair provide leadership? How does a coach's hairdo factor into the game?
Gel or no gel, these coaches plan their hair into every game, folks.
Here's the Top 10...
Jimmy Johnson's teams took on the personality of his haircut.
The great Miami Hurricanes of the 1980s took on that "swoosh" showboat mentality and so did his Cowboys of the 1990s. Often criticized by the media for encouraging his players to showboat and talk trash, Jimmy and his hair never wavered.
The swoosh has been unmatched for years now. Jimmy is still holding strong today with his now "white lightning swoosh," which you can see every Sunday of the fall on TV.
Mike Babcock is a great coach and a great leader for the Detroit Red Wings. Every year, people criticize the Red Wings. Most often, they say the team is too old and washed up to contend for another cup.
But with such an old roster, why is it that the Red Wings are always in contention for the Stanley Cup?
I've got your answer. It's the "perfect" haircut of Mike Babcock.
The young and exuberant hair of the Red Wings coach fuels the players to skate harder and faster like they did in their younger days.
Every time the players look up and listen to their coach, they see the best haircut on ice.
Coach Jon Gruden's haircut is unlike any other in sports. He may be the only coach to ever win a Super Bowl with blonde hair.
This coach is not the surfer boy his hair tries to convey. I'd probably bet that the players in Oakland and in Tampa Bay never called him Coach Duden. Jon Gruden was a demanding, loud, and outspoken leader for his football teams.
He is now one of the best analysts on ESPN and has really brought back Monday Night Football because of his intensity and knowledge of the game.
Plus, he's got the hair for television.
Many of Coach Pat Summitt's players remember her by her glare. I remember her by her hair.
The Lady Vols basketball coach seems to have that same haircut year in and year out. Much like her teams, her hair is about consistency and a little about hair spray. I guess you could say she's sticking to what works.
Summitt is the winningest college basketball coach (both men's and women's).
Pretty consistent, wouldn't you say?
Barry Melrose is more known for being a hockey analyst on ESPN than he is for being an NHL head coach with the L.A. Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning.
But the most famous thing that Barry Melrose is known for is his "mullet style" haircut. His hair is a symbol of the shine and the grit of the NHL.
The players and coaches in the NHL secretly would love to wear the mullet cut, but most won't even try. There are only a select few who can sport the "mullet style" haircut, and Berry Melrose wears it well.
Only in hockey, baby, only in hockey.
Coach Pat Riley, the man who invented the "slick back."
I remember playing endless hours of basketball in my driveway during the day as a kid. At night, I'd get washed up and throw on some pajamas. I would then walk back to the bathroom and brush my hair into a slicked back style. Later, I'd walk downstairs, and my brother would laugh at me and call me Pat Riley.
I took it as a compliment.
No coach can make the "salt 'n' pepper" look as good as Coach Pete Carroll.
Much like his personality and coaching approach, his hair shows class but with a little swagger and bravado. His teams took on that personality during his time at USC.
We'll see about how much of that carries over to the Seattle Seahawks.
St. John's men's head basketball coach, Steve Lavin isn't on Pat Riley's level of coaching but, his hair sure does rival Pat Riley's.
Steve must have picked up his haircut in Los Angeles. In the early 90's Pat Riley was coming towards the end of his tenure there. Steve Lavin was a young assistant at UCLA (later would become head coach) during that time. Coincidence or fact?
Jeff Van Gundy
Before joining ESPN/ABC as an NBA analyst, Jeff Van Gundy was the head coach of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.
I remember watching some of his early Knicks games and seeing the one or two strands of hair come loose from the other side and wave in the air. The guy just didn't care, and that was the beauty of it.
Now that he's on TV, he has gone totally "horse shoe." For a while there, his hair was like another game in itself.
The "CEO" or "Executive" 'do works well for the head ball coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Nick Saban's personality is all about stability and control, and he's got the hair and the team to go along with it.
It's time to take care of business in Tuscaloosa.