The Best Female Coaches in The History of Sports (part 3)

Nancy Lieberman

Nancy Lieberman is a name that can be recognized even by those who don’t follow women’s basketball. She led Power into the Big3 in 2018 and works as a broadcaster for the New Orlean’s Pelicans. Having started her iconic basketball career by winning the silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and then won the 1979 World Championship, Nancy is typically considered as one of the greats in women’s basketball.

In 1979, Nancy took both the Honda Sports Award and the Honda-Broderick Cup. One year later, she received the Honda Sports Award again, making her one of the best female coaches of all time.

Tara VanDerveer

Having kept her position as the women’s top basketball coach at Stanford University for 33 years as of 2018, Tara VanDerveer has a record of 886-191. She worked with Idaho and Ohio State Universities from the late 1970s to mid-1980s and lays claim to 1,036 wins with only 242 losses in her career. These number make her the second top-ranked female basketball coach in the history of the sport.

VanDerveer took a break from working as the head coach for Stanford to take part in the 1996 Olympic Games for the U.S. national team. Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, she has only played for Albany and Indiana teams. She moved on to her coaching career in 1978, three years after completing her college basketball run.

Sylvia Hatchell

Having the fourth most career wins in American basketball history, Sylvia Hatchell started a career coaching in 1974. She started this career coaching at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, leading the women’s basketball team to multiple victories. Throughout her coaching career, Hatchell took the fourth highest rank for professional wins.

So far as her athletics are concerned, she competed with the US basketball team as the head coach for the 1994 Jones Cup Team. They took the gold that year in Taipei. Hatchell stands out from other women coaches, and many other coaches, because of her unmatched leadership skills and positivity. As of 2018, Hatchell still coaches the North Carolina teams, leads the ACC Converses, and has multiple gold medals to attribute to her name.

Highest-Paid Football Coaches- Updated Contract Details

Football clubs not only spend much money on players but also on the best coaches. The following is a list of top five football coaches with the highest salaries in 2020.

1/ Pep Guardiola (Annual Basic Salary £15 million)

Pep Guardiola ranks the first position after signing his three-year contract with the Manchester City football club in 2017. Under the contract detailed revealed on the Internet, he earns £15 million basic salaries per year when leading Manchester City. His contract valued at £50 million, including bonuses for winning league and championship.

2/ Carlos Ancelotti (Annual Basic Salary £11.5 million)

Carlos Ancelotti comes second with an annual basic salary of £11.5 million when signing a new contract with Everton for four years. He could earn an extra £2.5 million to retain Everton in Premier League.

3/ Ernesto Valverde (Annual Basic Salary £11 million)

Ernesto Valverde has recently extended the contract with his football club for one more year until 2021. Under the deal, he would earn an annual salary of €24 million. According to the report of TSM Sports, he is the best-paid coach in La Liga in particular and Europe in general when Valverde earns about €2 million per month.

4/ Zinedine Zidane (Annual Basic Salary £10.5 million)

Zinedine Zidane is the current football coach of Real Madrid. Under a contract signed in 2017, his salary for the club was £10.5 million a year. However, his contract lasts for two and a half year, which is going to end soon.

5/ Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Annual Basic Salary £8 million)

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is among the top five highest-paid football coaches in the world. He joined its football club after United sacked Jose Mourinho from the position. Under the contract released in 2018, the salary of new coach Solskjaer was £8 million per year.

The Best Female Coaches in The History of Sports (part 2)

Cheryl Miller

Unlike any other coaching career path, Cheryl Miller has worked in various aspects of basketball since college. Miller started setting records for her team in high school, and made history by being the first high school athlete to be named an All-American from Parade Magazine four times, male or female!

Miller started and ended her college basketball career with the University of Southern California playing the forward position. Just like in high school, she won a letter through all four years of school.

After a few years of professional play, Miller started creating a coaching career path that would result in her leading multiple teams through successful seasons. Eventually, she wound down her role as one of the world’s best female coaches and turned her career towards sports broadcasting.

Dawn Staley

Female athletes dream for careers like Dawn Staley. With three Olympic gold medals and a place in the American Basketball Hall of Fame, Dawn Staley is a star basketball player turned top female coach.

She is currently the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Staley now works with assistant coaches to help build up a new generation of coaches, and is recognized for her sportsmanship regularly. Women’s basketball coaches everywhere are taking notes on what Staley does!

C. Vivian Stringer

Boisterous, stubborn, and determined to win, C. Vivian Stringer is the head coach for the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University. She is already marked in history among the top women’s basketball coaches when it comes to career wins. Stringer is known for pushing her athletes further, rolling in victory after victory as her career continues.

In 2006, this women’s basketball coach was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. She’s also been inducted into the New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame, the Sports Hall of Fame, and the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.

Famous Coaches of Major League Baseball (Part3)

The followings are the third part of the famous coaches of Major League Baseball.

6/ Brad Arnsberg

Before being a coach of the Florida Marlins since 2002, Brad Arnsberg was a former pitcher. He was a guiding force behind a number of famous pitching staff such as Ryan Dempster, Josh Beckett, Brad Penny, A.J. Burnett, Carl Pavano, and Dontrelle Willis.

Thanks to the guidance of Arnsberg, Marlines baseball team improved in 2003, lower their ERA from 4.36 in 2002 to 4.04 in 2003. He also led the Marlins to an improbable six-game victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series 2003.

In 2005, he moved to the Toronto Blue and presided over the developments of pitchers such as Shaun Marcum, Jesse Litsch, and Ricky Romero in the next five seasons.

Arnsberg took over a coach of the Houston Astros in 2010.

7/ Joe Kerrigan

Joe Kerrigan began his coaching career in 1983 with the Montreal Expos. He served as a bullpen coach and minor league in the farm system before taking over as a pitching coach of the team in 1992. In the next five seasons, he led the Expos pitching staff and helped the development of young pitcher Pedro Martinez.

He participated in the Red Sox coaching staff in 1997, following the recommendation of former Expos GM and current Boston Red Sox GM Dan Duquette. 

He guided the Red Sox staff until August 2001. He then worked as a pitching coach for Philadelphia Phillies in 2003-2004 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-2010.

8/ Cal McLish

During his 15-year baseball playing career, Cal McLish played with seven different teams, won 92 games before the retirement in 1964.

He then worked as a pitching coach for three teams, namely the Philadelphia Phillies in1965–1966, Montreal Expos in 1969–1975, and Milwaukee Brewers in 1976–1982.

He played an important role in developing the careers of Steve Rogers, Bob McLure, Bill Stoneman, Larry Sorenson, and Jim Slaton.

The Best Female Coaches in The History of Sports (part 1)

Since women took over the NFL to women’s basketball, the best female coaches in the history of sports are trailblazers, groundbreakers​, and legends. In the past 10 or 15 years, most women had trouble gaining positions as assistant coaches, even with impeccable resumes and records, which makes them stand out. Here is a list of the best female coaches in the history of sports.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith the first full time female coach in the National Football League’s history. Starting her coaching career by working with the New York Jets, she worked her way up through various administrative roles at the same time spending time learning how to motivate a large team. Although this career path isn’t typical, it had a huge payoff when she became a player personnel assistant. Playing the role of a player personnel assistant, she was exposed to a different side of the relationship between player and coach.

In 2016, Kathryn hit the big time working under Michael Hamlin and engaging with the American professional football team’s men. We can expect even more greatness from Kathryn when she still keeps showcasing her leadership skills from the sidelines.

Becky Hammon

A list of female coaches can’t be complete without the name of Becky Hamon, who is an all-star among female athletes and has been leading a very successful basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs. The Women’s National Basketball Association saw Becky’s rise as an athlete, and she now passes her skills, knowledge, and positive attitude onto other athletes, both male or female.

Becky Hammon grew up in the United States but she gained Russian citizenship through naturalization in 2008. One highlight of her athletic career that would lead her into a top coach position was her presence on the Russian national team during the Olympic games in 2008 and 2012.

She also has an athletic career that far surpasses many other coaching women. As one of the best female coaches of all time, she has won the WNBA All-Star award for six times and is also one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time.

Famous Coaches of Major League Baseball (Part 2)

In the first article, we learned about three out of the most famous coaches of the Major League Baseball (MLB), namely Charlie Root, Herm Starrette, and Lee Stange.

Today, let’s continue with the next famous names: Dave Wallace and Billy Muffett.

4/ Dave Wallace

Dave Wallace has a long and successful baseball coaching career, starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995. When leading this team, Wallance was instrumental in the development of many famous baseball players, namely Pedro Martinez, Orel Hershiser, Ramon Martinez, and Pedro Astacio, among others.

Notably, American baseball pitcher Orel Leonard Hershiser IV has hailed the role of Wallace on his career.

In 2003, Wallace became the pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox. One year later, he became part of the baseball team’s history as it finally broke the 86-year World Series drought in a four-game sweep over St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, he is still working to help the development of minor league pitching prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization.

5/ Billy Muffett

Billy Muffett was recognized as a stellar pitching coach thanks to his achievements of 18 seasons. He began his coaching career in the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967-1970 period and influenced the careers of many famous pitchers such as Nelson Briles, Steve Carlton, and Dick Hughes.    

Muffett convinced his pitchers to employ a no-windup delivery, following an idea first adopted by famous pitching coach Jim Turner. As a result, they gained better control and command. Notably, the Cards won the top two in the ERA during Muffett’s first three years of pitching coach.

In 1974, he led the California Angels and worked with start pitcher Nolan Ryan and helped develop the career of young left-hander Frank Tanana.

Top NFL head coaches of all time (part 3)

12. Joe Gibbs, Washington

In 16 years at the helm in Washington, Joe Gibbs won 154 games, taking his team to the Super Bowl four times and winning three championships. Gibbs surrounded himself with elite coaching talent, facilitated the first African-American Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Since he retired for the second time in 2008, Washington has done nothing of consequence.

13. John Madden, Oakland Raiders

What a run John Madden had with the Raiders. He led the team for just 10 seasons, averaging over 10 wins per campaign, and his .759 winning percentage is the second-best in the history of the NFL. Under his guidance, the Raiders won seven division titles. He was carried off the field by his players after their team won Super Bowl XI.

14. Bud Grant, Minnesota Vikings

Before becoming the head coach of the Vikings in 1967, Bud Grant won four championships in the CFL. At the NFL level, Grant’s prowess went on to shine through. The Minnesota Vikings got to four Super Bowls and won the championship in 1969. His Purple People Eaters defense also remains one of the best in the NFL history.

15. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

When Andy Reid is finally done with football, he will almost certainly be ranked higher thanks to his budding relationship with superstar Patrick Mahomes. He was very successful as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and has improved his stock since joining the Chiefs in 2013. He finally got his Super Bowl ring at the end of last year’s campaign and could be in line for much more.

16. Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers

In 1992, Bill Cowher took over for the legendary Chuck Noll and then continued the winning tradition in Pittsburgh. During 15 seasons, his Steelers won 149 games, 8 division titles and got to two Super Bowls. After more than a decade of near-misses, Cowher finally won a Super Bowl after the 2005 NFL season.

Famous Coaches of Major League Baseball (Part 1)

The Major League Baseball has seen an evolution of many coaches over the past decades. The pitching coaches have become an important part of each MLB team. The followings are three out of the most famous coaches of the Major League Baseball, namely Charlie Root, Herm Starrette, and Lee Stange.

1/Charlie Root

With a 17-year baseball playing career during which he won 201 games for Chicago Clubs, Charlie Root brought what he learned and taught it to his players. He became one of the most successful pitching coaches of the 1950s.

He preached “nine commandments” that he believed would lead to long-term success for his pitchers. His key points worked out well for the Braves, who received two National League pennants and one World Series title during his tenure in the late 1950s.

2/Herm Starrette

Although his career in the majors prolonged only three seasons with 27 games, Herm Starrette‘s fame came later as a pitching coach for over 25 years. He coached seven different MLB clubs. Notably, he played a key role in the Philadelphia Phillies’s first-ever World Series championship.

He was instrumental in developing the pitching talent at minor leagues during his 28-year baseball coaching career.

3/Lee Stange

After he retired in 1970 following a decade career in the majors, Lee Stange immediately went to work as a coach. He first coached for the Boston Red Sox under the manager Eddie Kasko and latter under manager Ralph Houk.

During his second tenure in Boston, Stange was instrumental in developing young pitchers such as John Tudor, Bobby Ojeda, Bruce Hurst, and future Young Award winner Roger Clemens.

After the last year as pitching coach in 1984, Stange continued working with the Red Sox as a roving minor league pitching instructor for the next nine seasons.

Top NFL head coaches of all time (part 2)

6. Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

Jimmy Johnson’s five-year run as the head coach in Dallas was one of the best in NFL history, increasing from winning just one game in 1989 to building a powerhouse that nobody could contend with three years later.

7. Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns

Paul Brown dominated professional football for a quarter-century. He founded the Browns – the franchise which is named after him and went to 10 straight championship games, won 14 division titles, and three championships. He also co-founds the Cincinnati Bengals and is among the cornerstones of the modern NFL.

8. Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steel Curtain emerged with Chuck Noll as its mastermind. When he took over in Pittsburgh, the Steelers became an NFL powerhouse that won up to four Super Bowls in only six seasons. He won nine division championsh,ips to be regarded as one of the greatest head coaches in the history of the NFL.

9. Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t be known as “America’s Team” if it weren’t for its first head coach Tom Landry, who took the ‘Boys to five Super Bowls, winning two. Landry also developed the famous 4-3 defense as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

10. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay Packers

Curly Lambeau – one of the most famous names in football – was the founder of one of the NFL’s most successful franchises. As the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, he won an incredible 226 games, eight division titles and six championship games.

11. Bill Parcells, New York Giants

Parcells was always a winner wherever he went, taking all four of his teams to the playoffs. One of the greatest defensive coaches in the world, he is best known for his tenure with the New York Giants. He led the G-Men to two Super Bowls and won the Lombardi Trophy both times.

Top NFL head coaches of all time (part 1)

Who’s the best head coach in the history of NFL? Let’s dive in the list.

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Nobody remembers Bill Belichick’s tenure in Cleveland but he will forever be remembered for his legendary role as the head coach of the New England Patriots with nine Super Bowl appearances and six Lombardi Trophies to his credit. He also won an incredible 17 division titles as well as 31 postseason games.

2. Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers

The NFL championship trophy is named after Vince Lombardi, which can tell you almost everything you need to know about his legacy. Under his guidance, the Green Bay Packers won up to five championships in nine seasons, including the first two Super Bowls.

3. Don Shula, Miami Dolphins

Don Shula is the only head coach in the history of NFL with a perfect season on record.  Under his guidance, the Miami Dolphins won all games during the famous 1972 season. The head coach also went to six Super Bowls and won two of them. No coach has won more games than the late, great Shula!

4. George Halas, Chicago Bears

The Monsters of the Midway, Chicago Bears, thrived under the guidance of George Halas, who led the franchise for a stunning during four decades. Papa Bear Halas was the league’s winningest coach till Don Shula passed him by. Halas won six championships during his legendary career with the NFC Championship Trophy bearing his name.

5. Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers

Many of the best present NFL offenses implement the “West Coast” offensive philosophies that was developed by Bill Walsh, who helped mold two Hall of Fame quarterbacks as well as destroyed NFL defenses for years. Having won three Super Bowls and changed the game of football forever, Walsh  is widely known as the most innovative offensive mind of his generation.