Who Will Be The Top Five Coaches at the End of This Era

Bleacher ReportContributor IOctober 3, 2008

My list of the top 5 coaches in the recent era:

5. Jim Calhoun

With a career record of 703-310, he is one of the most impressive coaches in history. Lately, he hasn't been the winning machine that we are all used to. Although his Huskies lost in the first round of the Big Dance last year, he has still managed to lead his team to be respectable.

4. Rick Pitino

Pitino has shown great leadership and unbelievable stats in his career as of late. He has a career record of 521-191, and has taken four different teams to the Final Four in his 5 career appearances. His Louisville Cardinals should be one of the top 10 teams this year, and Pitino will have a great chance of making his sixth Final Four appearance.

3. Mike Krzyzewski

The Great Coach K makes my list at No. 3. He has shown the ability to win and recruit like almost no other coach in today's game. He has an outstanding career record at 721-246. He has won 3, but I'll reward him with his 4th after this summers' Olympic Gold Medal run. His Duke Blue Devils will be on top of the ACC when the 2008-2009 season is over.

2. Roy Williams

With his career record of 560-134, two national championships, and a winning percentage of .805 in his career, he is a household name. He obviously has not won as much as Coack K, but with that winning percentage you really can't argue him being my No. 2.

1. Bo Ryan

Finally, as my No. 1 coach in recent history, I have Wisconsin's own Bo Ryan. He has done so much in his career. He has accomplished great things with teams that lack athleticism. He has a career record of 173-60 in Division I and has the most wins in Division III with 353. He continues to lead the Wisconsin Badgers with his swing offense and making up their lack of athleticism with effort.

My honorable mentions are Florida's Billy Donovan. He would have been my No. 1 coach at the end of this era if he didn't almost leave the Florida Gators.

My other honorable mention is Tom Izzo. His teams are dirty, they are cheap, and that is why he will end up being one of the top coaches. They can be physical with anyone, there practices are competitive, and that just leads to great teams