Special Report

Greatest Coaches of All Time

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15. Mike Krzyzewski
> Teams: Army, Duke
> Record: 1104-338
> Years active: 1975-present
> Championships: 5

Mike Krzyzewski has had a remarkable run since taking over Duke’s basketball program in 1980, and it looks as if the run is poised to continue. Krzyzewski led the Blue Devils to five NCAA National Championships in three different decades, the most recent in 2015. Under Coach K’s leadership, a skill he honed while coaching at his alma mater of West Point, Duke has made a dozen Final Fours. Duke has made the NCAA tournament each year since 1996, and with a loaded roster for the 2018-2019 season, featuring top overall recruit Zion Williamson, it appears that trend will continue.

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14. Frank Leahy
> Teams: Boston College, Notre Dame
> Record: 107-13-9
> Years active: 1939-1953
> Championships: 5

Frank Leahy built on the great football tradition at the University of Notre Dame in the 1940s, leading the Fighting Irish to four consensus national championships. Before he coached at Notre Dame, Leahy prowled the sidelines for two years at Boston College, leading the Eagles to an undefeated season in 1940, and he laid claim to a share of a national title there. He decamped to Notre Dame the next season, and his T-formation offense powered the Irish to six unbeaten seasons and to a winning percentage of 86.4% in the 11 years at South Bend, Indiana. Leahy coached four Heisman Trophy winners — Angelo Bertelli, Johnny Lujack, Leon Hart, and Johnny Lattner — and recruited a fifth, Paul Hornung, who played for Notre Dame after Leahy retired.

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13. Red Auerbach
> Teams: Washington Capitals, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Boston Celtics
> Record: 938-479
> Years active: 1947-1966
> Championships: 9

When Red Auerbach would light his trademark cigar, it meant the Boston Celtics were on their way to victory. During the 1950s and 1960s, that happened a lot. Auerbach could be abrasive and combative, but there was no denying his success. With players like Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek plying the hardwood, the fast-breaking Celtics were an NBA juggernaut, winning nine titles under the tutelage of Auerbach. He had just one losing season in a 20-year coaching career. A basketball Hall of Famer, Auerbach was recognized in 1980 as the greatest coach in NBA history by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America.

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12. Curly Lambeau
> Teams: Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins
> Record: 226-132-22
> Years active: 1921-1953
> Championships: 6

In 1921, at the age of just 23, Curly Lambeau became the first coach of the Green Bay Packers — a post at which he would remain for 29 years. Lambeau also played tailback from 1921 to 1929, winning a championship in his final season with the team. After hanging up his cleats, Lambeau led the Packers to two more titles in 1930 and 1931, this time as just the coach. Green Bay would continue its success under Lambeau’s leadership, playing for five more NFL championships and winning three in 1936, 1939, and 1944. Though he coached the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins for two years each at the end of his career, Lambeau will always be a Packer legend. Green Bay’s field is named in his honor.

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11. Adolph Rupp
> Teams: Kentucky
> Record: 876-190
> Years active: 1930-1972
> Championships: 4

Kentucky basketball is one of the most storied programs in college athletics, largely because of Adolph Rupp. Rupp’s Wildcats won an astonishing 82.2% of the games they played during his 41-year tenure, including a 25-0 1953-1954 season. Rupp, known as the Baron of the Bluegrass, led Kentucky to four NCAA Tournament championships. Perhaps most impressively, the Wildcats never had a losing season under Rupp.

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