50 Greatest All Time Coaches
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Sporting News' 50 Greatest All Time Coaches: Wooden #1, Lombardi #2

7/30/09 in General Sports   |   Terry   |   25 respect

Sporting News selected 118 people to make up the panel to pick the 50 greatest coaches of all time, here's the list

Sporting News' greatest coaches

1. John Wooden, college basketball
2. Vince Lombardi, NFL
3. Bear Bryant, college football
4. Phil Jackson, NBA
5. Don Shula, NFL
6. Red Auerbach, NBA
7. Scotty Bowman, NHL
8. Dean Smith, college basketball
9. Casey Stengel, MLB
10. Knute Rockne, college football
11. Pat Summitt, women's college basketball

12. Paul Brown, NFL
13. Joe Paterno, college football
14. George Halas, NFL
15. Chuck Noll, NFL
16. Bob Knight, college basketball
17. Joe Gibbs, NFL
18. Tom Landry, NFL
19. Mike Krzyzewski, college basketball
20. Bill Belichick, NFL
21. Adolph Rupp, college basketball

22. Joe McCarthy, MLB
23. Eddie Robinson, college football
24. Bobby Bowden, college football
25. John McGraw, MLB
26. Bill Walsh, NFL
27. Woody Hayes, college football
28. Connie Mack, MLB
29. Bud Wilkinson, college football
30. Pat Riley, NBA
31. Pete Newell, college basketball

32. Joe Torre, MLB
33. Bill Parcells, NFL
34. Tom Osborne, college football
35. Walter Alston, MLB
36. Bo Schembechler, college football
37. Toe Blake, NHL
38. Sparky Anderson, MLB
39. Al Arbour, NHL
40. Amos Alonzo Stagg, college football
41. Tony La Russa, MLB
42. Geno Auriemma, women's college basketball

43. Dick Irvin, NHL
44. Ara Parseghian, college football
45. Chuck Daly, NBA
46. Bobby Cox, MLB
47. Hank Iba, college basketball
48. Tommy Lasorda, MLB
49. Gregg Popovich, NBA
50. Herb Brooks, NHL

Sporting News' Top 50 greatest coaches of all time
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7/31/09   |  

 OK-  Not enough research.

From 1915 to 1940, the Edmonton Grads reigned supreme over women's basketball teams worldwide. Though the team's roster changed over the course of their 25 years of play, one person remained constant--Percy Page. Page built this extraordinary team and coached it from the beginning to the end of its glorious tenure. Under Page's guidance, the Grads traveled more than 125,000 miles in search of and in defense of their numerous titles.

Page was born in Rochester, New York, to Canadian parents, and raised in Bronte, Ontario. A teacher by profession, Page spent several years at schools in Ontario and New Brunswick before moving to Edmonton in 1914. He was hired to teach commercial courses at the MacDougall Commercial High School but was also given the responsibilities of directing the girls' physical education classes. An avid basketball player in his youth, Page decided to include this rapidly growing sport in the program. The girls quickly took to the game, and the result was the Edmonton Commercial Graduates, a team composed of past and present MacDougall students.

The Grads dominated world women's basketball from 1915 until the club's closing in 1940. In their 522 games played, they had an astounding 502 victories, including winning streaks of 147 and 78 consecutive games. They won their first Canadian title in 1922, and their first Underwood Challenge Trophy, the prize for the International Series against an American team, in 1923, neither of which they would ever relinquish. In fact, upon the club's folding in 1940, the Grads were given permanent possession of the Underwood Challenge Trophy.

7/30/09   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

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But then he forgot what the problem was right after he announced he had a problem....

That was not right. lol He is still a very sharp old man.

7/30/09   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
John Wooden has a problem with your comment.

But then he forgot what the problem was right after he announced he had a problem....

7/30/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

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I agree. I really wish he could've gotten one title before he retired, man. Best coach to not get one.

Crash, that would have been very cool. In 1980, and again in 1985, if they played under today's BCS, those Michigan teams would have been in the title games. They were both great defensive teams, and, with A.C. in 1980, would have been unstoppable. Bo, and the program were so fired up for the Ohio State game every year, there energy was drained by the time of the Rose Bowls. Bo was Michigan, thur and thru.

7/30/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Any list that has Pat Summit ahead of Bob Knight, Coach K and Adolph Rupp is total, utter garbage. Not to mention the fact that Summit is ahead of Joe Pa too, that's just freaking stupid. ITS WOMENS BASKETBALL. I mean, if that is your criteria for all time greatest coach then how come Bill Laimbeer isn't on this list for what he's done with the Detroit Shock? BECAUSE ITS WOMENS BASKETBALL, THATS WHY.

Summit deserves a mention, no doubt. But to have her ranked ahead of these other coaches is shameful.

7/30/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

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Any list naming the "greatest coaches" of anything that lists the legendary Bill Walsh at #26 is a complete and utter joke, that warrants no respect.  That is all.

No doubt. Walsh is behind Don Shula? That's a laugh considering SF owned Miami when Walsh went heads up against Shula.

7/30/09   |     |   4 respect

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Any list naming the "greatest coaches" of anything that lists the legendary Bill Walsh at #26 is a complete and utter joke, that warrants no respect.  That is all.

Not only that but what about one the most winning coach of all times Eddie Robinson the Nfl beg him to come and coach there he wanted to keep college level with class and greats...

7/30/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Any list naming the "greatest coaches" of anything that lists the legendary Bill Walsh at #26 is a complete and utter joke, that warrants no respect.  That is all.

7/30/09   |  

Wooden is a great choice. Had the pleasure of helping him with alumni meetings in the late 70s and early 80s. A wonderful person to boot.

7/30/09   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

Most coaches with as many rings usually do.

7/30/09   |  

fremontguy26 wrote:
and havin MJ and the MJ clone didnt help at all i jus wonder

It's not his fault he was the guy who was deemed the best man for the job. You're comparing him to a President taking over a booming economy, doing absolutely nothing for 8 years, and being considered the best ever as a result.

In the modern sports world, it takes supreme heart to do what he did. NO ONE can convince me otherwise.

7/30/09   |     |   2554 respect

Paul Brown at # 12? You can't be dadburncottonpickin' serious! When he started coaching the Browns when they were in the AACFL errrrrrr whatever you cottonpickin' call it, he took the Browns to 10 count'em 10 straight championship games and get this, WON'EM ALL!!! Too bad idiot Art Modell fired the guy because they were arguing over who's running the show. I should rank Brown at #2 in the NFL coaching ranks next to Vince Lombardi but that's just me.

7/30/09   |   fremontguy26   |   24 respect

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Exactly, he should be higher. 

Please, to do what he did in the modern sports era is phenomenal. You don't win the most NBA titles, have the best playoff record as well as most wins, and have the best winning percentage in the regular season if you aren't in the top five greatest coaches of all-time. He has also never had a losing season. Do you really think he had no part in building championship-winning teams from the ground up?

Coaching is about doing the most you can with what you have. In your argument, you qualify entirely too many guys to have done what he did in his positions.

and havin MJ and the MJ clone didnt help any, i wonder

7/30/09   |   fremontguy26   |   24 respect

crypt44 wrote:
Exactly, he should be higher. 

Please, to do what he did in the modern sports era is phenomenal. You don't win the most NBA titles, have the best playoff record as well as most wins, and have the best winning percentage in the regular season if you aren't in the top five greatest coaches of all-time. He has also never had a losing season. Do you really think he had no part in building championship-winning teams from the ground up?

Coaching is about doing the most you can with what you have. In your argument, you qualify entirely too many guys to have done what he did in his positions.

and havin MJ and the MJ clone didnt help at all i jus wonder

7/30/09   |  

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Exactly, he should be higher. 

Please, to do what he did in the modern sports era is phenomenal. You don't win the most NBA titles, have the best playoff record as well as most wins, and have the best winning percentage in the regular season if you aren't in the top five greatest coaches of all-time. He has also never had a losing season. Do you really think he had no part in building championship-winning teams from the ground up?

Coaching is about doing the most you can with what you have. In your argument, you qualify entirely too many guys to have done what he did in his positions.

7/30/09   |  

I agree. I really wish he could've gotten one title before he retired, man. Best coach to not get one.

7/30/09   |  


Wooden and Lombardi were my one and two as well. I had Torre at #3. Maybe I'm biased?

7/30/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

John Wooden has a problem with your comment.

7/30/09   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

Hard to argue with #1 & #2. 

After that?  Eh.....