A winning season in sports requires teamwork, talent, and leadership. Even teams with the greatest collections of talent can struggle to win if they don’t have a cohesive locker room and a top notch game plan — two responsibilities that fall onto the shoulders of the head coach.
There have been many teams over the course of sports history that simply got lucky or rode a hot streak to a championship. However, sustained multi-year success requires the steady hand of a good coach. Some coaches and managers in both the professional and college ranks were able to lead their teams to championships over and over again, many times with completely different rosters.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the sustained success of coaches throughout the history of college and professional sports to determine the greatest coaches of all time.
Coaching varies greatly from sport to sport. In football, for instance, coaches have to make sure their team works as a cohesive unit and that everyone is on the same page. If players mix up the play call, offenses may turn the ball over and defenses can get burned for a long touchdown.
Coaches also need to manage the individual personalities of their players. This can be tricky as there is no one right way to coach. Some are fiery motivators, while others are calm tacticians. As long as these coaches get their players to buy into their methods, they can be successful. The best coaches know what makes their players tick and can provide the right motivation to make athletes play to the best of their abilities.
To determine the greatest coaches of all time, 24/7 Wall St. created an index constructed of winning percentage, championships, and longevity. We reviewed coaches from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, College Football, and College Basketball. Only coaches who won multiple titles were considered.