Top 10 Active College Basketball Coaches
One difference between college basketball and the NBA is that in college, the coaches are the head of the programs.
Sure, players like Tyler Hansborough and Scottie Reynolds who stay all four years can leave a never-ending impression, but with all of the one and done players now, coaches are the only stable asset to a team.
Maybe that's the reason that we talk about college coaches so much.
If you're wondering why I have a picture of John Wooden as the title photo, it's a symbol representing how he set the precedent to everyone who has followed him.
Without a doubt, John Wooden is one of the greatest coaches ever, and an icon in sports history. However, someone coaching right now could eventually become an icon like him.
Which leads me to the list. Here are the Top 10 active college basketball coaches.
10. Brad Stevens
Three years ago, when Stevens took over, the casual college basketball fan probably didn't care too much about the Butler Bulldogs' program.
However, his 89-15 record and his National Championship appearance in just his third season has put Butler on the map.
9. Bill Donovan
While he did have all of his success with one recruiting class, two national championships definitely gets you on this list.
However, if his recent struggles continue, he could forever be known as someone who's success was just because of that one recruiting class.
8. Jim Calhoun
His two national championships and somewhat consistent success make him a shoo-in for this list.
However, the recent accusations of major NCAA infractions make it hard to put him up any higher than eight.
7. Rick Pitino
The only coach in NCAA basketball history to take three teams to the Final Four, Pitino has won over 550 games.
His one national championship came in 1995 with Kentucky.
6. John Calipari
I know there's going to be dispute on why I have him at six.
Here's why he's not in my top five:
1. He's never won a championship.
2. He's yet to have long term success without probation or any kind of violations.
3. He always leaves his programs with problems.
5. Jim Boeheim
The fact that he's been coaching at the same school since 1976 is amazing, especially in this era.
While he keeps having success and keeps winning, he will continue to move up this list.
4. Bill Self
Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois, or Kansas, Self has won everywhere he has been while producing loads of NBA talent.
His one championship game victory was the thriller over Calipari's Memphis team in 2007.
3. Roy Williams
His two national championships make him a definite for the top three on this list.
However, last season's 15-14 record made me question whether he's really a great coach or just a great recruiter.
Maybe it was just a bad season. I don't know. But, it's too fresh in my mind to put him at the top spot.
2. Tom Izzo
Izzo's six Final Four appearances in 15 seasons is incredible.
With two straight Final Fours, including a runner-up, he has a chance to do it again next season for three straight.
Watch out, he could be at the top of this list by the end of next year's tournament.
To some people, this may have been an obvious selection, to some, maybe not. However, there's no doubt in my mind that he deserves it.
After last year's championship, he has more wins, more Final Fours, and more championships than any other active coach.
He also has 868 career wins.
If he gets to 900 wins next season, there's no doubt he will go down as one of the greatest ever.