March Madness 2011 Bracket: The Top 10 Active College Basketball Coaches

Colin KirschnerContributor IIMarch 16, 2011

March Madness 2011 Bracket: The Top 10 Active College Basketball Coaches

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    The NCAA tournament is finally here, and so are the top 10 active college basketball coaches.

    It shouldn't be a surprise that the top active coaches have their programs in the big dance.

    Coaches are what make college basketball, while players usually make the NBA, with an exception of a select few NBA coaches.

    Most would agree that players can get you through the first weekend of the tournament. However, the teams that continue to advance are usually the schools with the better coaching.

    With that being said, let's go through the top 10 active college basketball coaches.

10. Brad Stevens, Butler

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    Four years ago, Brad Stevens was the second-youngest active coach in Division I basketball. 

    Before last season's heroic run to the national championship game, most would probably say, "Who the heck is Brad Stevens?"

    Well, he happens to be a great up-and-coming coach with a combined record of 112-24 through his first four seasons.

9. John Calipari, Kentucky

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    John Calipari is known to be one hell of a recruiter. However, he can never get his one-and-dones to stick around.

    Due to not having players who stay for more than a year, Calipari is constantly in the news for violating NCAA rules, as he has to continue to replace his star players.

    The biggest reason why he is so low on this list is the fact that he has never won a championship.

8. Billy Donovan, Florida

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    Billy Donovan once again has coached his team to an NCAA tournament appearance.

    The 2011 bid gives Donovan his 11th bid since his coaching tenure at Florida began in 1996.

    Along with being a solid recruiter, he led the Gators to consecutive NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007.

    During the 2006-2007 season he became the winningest basketball coach in Florida history.

7. Bill Self, Kansas

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    Bill Self has been around the block more than a few times. 

    At Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and now Kansas, Self is a proven winner who has never left a program with an under .500 record.

    He led the charge in 2007 as Kansas defeated Memphis in an overtime thriller for the national championship

6. Rick Pitino, Louisville

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    Rick Pitino is one of the best in the business. He is so good he even decided to challenge himself from 1997-2001 and coach the Boston Celtics of the NBA.

    Though he did not have success in the "league," he has had quite the turnout in the college ranks.

    He is the only coach in NCAA history to lead three different programs to a Final Four appearance.

    With one national championship at Kentucky in 1997, he is constantly in the hunt for another championship.

5. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

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    Jim Boeheim has held only one head coaching gig in the college ranks. He is now in his 35th season at Syracuse.

    His career record is 855-300, giving him a .740 winning percentage, and he is a Hall of Fame inductee.

    In 2003, he and Carmelo Anthony led the Orange to a national championship, establishing Boeheim's greatness even more.

4. Jim Calhoun, Connecticut

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    Coaching the Connecticut Huskies since 1986, Jim Calhoun has coached the program to two national titles.

    His Huskies have won a record seven Big East tournament championships as well.

    Despite a few recruiting violations the past few years, he has been known as one of the game's elite.

3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

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    Heading into his 16th season, Tom Izzo has six Final Four appearances in 15 seasons—an incredible number for such a short amount of time.

    The only issue with Izzo is the fact he has led his program, Michigan State, to only one national championship.

    With so many Final Four appearances, some would say he should have at least three titles.

2. Roy Williams, North Carolina

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    Two national championships, seven Final Four appearances and a career winning percentage of .798 give Roy Williams the No. 2 spot on this list.

    With inductions into the Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame, Williams locked up the No. 2 spot.

1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

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    The second-winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's history with 898 victories, Mike Krzyzewski is hands down the No. 1 active coach.

    With 11 Final Four appearances and eight national title games, he has led Duke to four national championships and 13 ACC tournament titles.

    If he can lead Duke to at least four victories over the next few weeks, he will tie his mentor and longtime friend Bob Knight for the most wins in Division I history.