Coach K, step aside.
College basketball's most proven winners have consistently put competitive teams on the floor. They dominate the regular season as well as the postseason. They may lose players to the draft, but they have the ability to reload as well as build talent.
In today's world of college basketball it's difficult to put out a team that is good season after season. These are the guys you would most want to lead your team onto the court. These are the best motivators and recruiters. They know their X's and O's, and can light a fire under their team's belly that lasts 40 minutes.
These are college basketball's best coaches.
Mark Turgeon's coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Kansas under renowned Coach Larry Brown. Turgeon won a championship on the Jayhawks bench in 1988.
In 1998, Turgeon got his first head coaching job at Jacksonville State. He took the team from a 10th place conference finish to 3rd in two years being at the school.
Turgeon then moved to Wichita State where he had success in seven seasons with the Shockers. He was 128-90 in his career at Wichita State, and in his final year he led the Shockers to a sweet sixteen appearance.
Turgeon is now in his fourth season at Texas A&M. He has a record of 88-32 and has taken the Aggies to the second round of the NCAA tournament every year he has been in College Station. The Aggies off to a quick start and are currently 15-1.
The often controversial Bob Huggins got his first head coaching job at the age of 27. In three seasons, Huggins led Walsh to a record of 71-26, while twice winning NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year.
Huggins had five successful seasons at Akron, taking them to the NCAA Tournament once. Huggins spent 16 seasons at Cincinnati, and is the winningest coach in the school's history, twice to the Bearcats to the Elite Eight and once led them to the Final Four.
Huggins was arrested for a DUI in 2004 and was forced to resign from Cincinnati in 2005.
He went 23-12 with Kansas State in 2007 and took the Wildcats to the NIT.
Huggins is currently in his fourth season at West Virginia. He has a record of 90-34, and went to the Final Four with the Mountaineers in 2010.
Mark Few has been Gonzaga's head basketball coach since 1999. The Zags have made the NCAA Tournament every year under Few. He has a record of 291-73 at Gonzaga.
Few has absolutely dominated the WCC. He has won at least a share of the conference title every year he has been head coach. The Bulldogs have been consistent winners under Few, and he has built a strong program at Gonzaga.
Few has had ample time to break through and reach the Final Four, but he has yet to make it past the Sweet Sixteen. To truly become elite, Few has to take the Bulldogs to the next level.
Mike Anderson took over at UAB as head coach in 2004. His fast paced style of play led the Blazers to success and three straight tournament appearances. Anderson took the Blazers to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004, in which they upset No. 1 seeded Kentucky.
Mike is now in his fifth season at Missouri. He has a record of 101-47 with the Tigers. He had an impressive run in 2009 when the Tigers made it to the Elite Eight. Anderson has had the Tigers in the top 10 for a portion of this season, and the Tigers are 15-2.
Gary Williams has had success in the past, and would be much higher if the list wasn't the best college coaches right now.
Williams was mildly successful coaching at American, Boston College and Ohio State. His deepest run at that time was with Boston College when they made it to the Sweet 16.
Williams has a record of 453-243 in his 22nd year at Maryland. He won a championship in 2002 with the Terrapins, but has had intermittent success ever since.
Post championship, Williams has missed the NCAA Tournament three times. He also has had multiple sixth place finishes in the ACC as well as one seventh place finish.
In terms of what have you done for me lately, Williams is slacking.
Brad Stevens has won over 25 games in each of his seasons as a head coach. He has also only had three complete seasons as a head coach.
Stevens won 30 games in his first year coaching at Butler. He has won his conference every year he has been coaching. In 2010 he led the Bulldogs to the national title game, as they nearly upset top seeded Duke.
Stevens is the hottest young name in coaching.
Dixon has been very successful entering his eighth year at Pittsburgh. Dixon has been a great regular season coach totaling a record of 204-55.
Dixon's teams always seem to fall short during the postseason, only making it past the Sweet Sixteen once.
Jay Wright took over a struggling Hofstra program in 1994. In his eight years with Hofstra he took them from a perennial losing program to one of the best in the America East Conference. He won conference titles in his last two years with the program.
Wright also took over a mediocre at best Villanova team, and has turned them into a consistent winner. Wright has led Villanova to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 2009.
Bo Ryan is known for making the most out of the talent he has. He won four D-III Championships in 15 seasons at Wisconsin–Plattiville.
He's now in his 10th season as head coach of Wisconsin. He has made the NCAA Tournament every year with the team. Ryan has had at least a share of four different conference titles in the Big 10, with teams that typically play very fundamentally sound basketball.
Matt Painter is only in his seventh year of being a head coach in college basketball. In his short time in charge, he has managed to build a solid program at Purdue that shows no signs of slowing down.
Painter only spent one year at Southern Illinois, a season in which the Salukis were ranked as high as No. 15. Painter was hired by Purdue, his alma matter, in 2005.
Painter took over a Purdue program that had a record of 7-21. After one losing season with the Boilermakers, he has led Purdue to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including back to back Sweet Sixteen appearances. Painter's hard playing team is off to a 15-1 start this season.
Pitnio's first year as a head coach was in 1978 with Boston University. Pitino has been an incredibly successful coach throughout the years including taking Providence to the Final Four.
Pitino coached at Kentucky for seven years and took the Wildcats back to an elite status. In his time at Kentucky, he went to three Final Fours and won a championship in 1996.
Pitino has had multiple stints in the NBA and has been at Louisville for the past five seasons. His record at Louisville is 123-50 and he has two Elite Eight appearances.
In 2007, Billy Donovan was the hottest coach in America. In 2011 it's a different story.
Donovan has been at Florida for 15 years, and has a record of 344-142. He won back to back championships with the Gators in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. The rare accomplishment is impressive, but what he has done since the achievement is not.
He only made the tournament once in the past three seasons, and has allowed for Florida's program to fall a bit off the map.
Matta is often considered a much better recruiter than coach, but his recent accomplishments could change that thought.
Matta enjoyed mid-major success for a season at Butler, before taking Xavier to the Elite Eight.
Matta is currently in his seventh season at Ohio State. In his third season in Colombus, Matta's Buckeyes lost in the National Championship Game. It took Matta three seasons to rebuild, but last year the Buckeyes were back as they made it to the Sweet Sixteen.
Currently Ohio State is 17-0 and ranked No.1 in the country.
Ben Howland is another coach suffering a bit because he has failed to produce recently.
Howland had decent success at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh, before landing at UCLA in 2003. Howland posted a losing record in his first season with the Bruins, but was in the title game by his third. He led UCLA to three consecutive Final Fours, but failed to bring any championships back to Los Angeles.
Last season, Howland's Bruins disappointed, going 14-18 in a weak PAC-10. They are currently a modest 10-6.
John Calipari is a coach that has had incredible achievements throughout his career. He built programs at Memphis and UMass, but he also decimated them.
He turned UMass into a powerhouse in eight seasons with the program. Calipari won conferences titles in each of his last five seasons at UMass and also took the Minutemen to the Final Four. His Final Four appearance was later vacated by the NCAA.
Calipari spent nine years at Memphis and had a record of 252-69 with the Tigers. He went to two Elite Eights and also lost in the 2008 NCAA Championship. His Final Four appearance was later vacated by the NCAA. Once again.
Calipari is now in his second season at Kentucky and is the best recruiter in the game. He is also under constant scrutiny and is quite controversial.
Jim Boeheim has been around and winning for a long time. He has been at Syracuse since 1976.
Boeheim has led the Orangemen to eight regular season Big East Championships. He has been in three National Title Games, winning his only championship in 2003. He has a record of 846-293 with Syracuse. He was 30-5 with Syracuse last year and is currently 17-0.
Good ol' Roy Williams has been knocked down a couple of spots due to some recent hard times with North Carolina.
Williams was at Kansas for 15 years, posting an impressive record of 418-101. Williams went to four Final Fours with the Jayhawks but never could bring a championship back to Lawrence.
He left to go back to his alma mater, North Carolina, in 2003. Williams won his first ever championship in 2005 with The Tar Heels. He won another in 2009 after going to the Final Four in 2008.
Williams struggled with UNC last season going 20-17.
Tom Izzo has been at Michigan State since 1995. His record with the Spartans during his tenure is 371-149. He has been to six Finals Fours in 15 years at MSU.
Izzo's teams always seem to hit their peak during the postseason, culminating with a championship in 2000. Izzo has been to two Final Fours in both of the last two seasons, solidifying him as one of the best coaches in college basketball.
Krzyzewski has built Duke into one of the premier programs in college basketball today. He has been with the Blue Devils since 1980, and has a record of 810-221 at Duke.
Coach K has won four championships at Duke and gone to 11 total Final Fours. Coach K has coached some of the best players in college basketball and has showed little signs of slowing down. He is coming off of a title season and is 15-1 with Duke right now.
Why is Krzyzewski not No. 1? Even Coach K has not been able to consistently win, finishing as low as sixth in the ACC in 2007.
Bill Self is college basketball's most consistent winner. Self has been dominating his competition at Kansas posting a record of 218-43 with the Jayhawks. He has also gone 94-19 in conference play at KU.
Self's first head coaching gig was at Oral Roberts where he took the Golden Eagles from 6-21 in his first year to 21-7 his last. From there he took a decent Tulsa team to the Elite Eight in three years. He was also at Illinois for three years, taking them to the Elite Eight as well.
Self is currently in his eighth season at Kansas. He has won six straight Big 12 championships at Kansas, a feat that is often overlooked. Self has not lost a game in Allen Fieldhouse since February of 2007. He won the first championship in 20 years for Kansas in 2008. He has also been to two Elite Eights with the Jayhawks.
Since 2006 Self has lost a total of 19 games. Izzo has lost 41. Coach K has lost 30. Roy has lost 35. Calhoun has lost 45. Donovan has lost 45. Williams has lost 52.