Ten greatest coaches in the history of tennis (part 1)

Many people may consider tennis as one of the few sports that pit singular competitors against one another. In fact, there is much more behind the scenes of these one-on-one battles. Now let’s look at ten of the greatest coaches in the history of tennis and their roles in cultivating greatness.

1. Mike Estep

Before taking up to coach, Mike Estep was a professional on the tour, winning in total two ATP singles titles and seven ATP doubles titles. His coaching career was extremely productive with many great players guided to Grand Slam titles, such as the legendary Martina Navratilova, Jana Novotna, Hana Mandlikova, and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

The most notably thing about Estep is that he was part of Navratilova’s team during 10 of her 18 Grand Slam triumphs.

2. Patrick Mouratoglou

Patrick Mouratoglou is a tennis coach and reputed tennis analyst, who has worked with some tennis players over the years, including Marcos Baghdatis (whom he guided to the 2006 Australian Open final), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Grigor Dimitrov, Laura Robson, Jeremy Chardy, and Yanina Wickmayer.

The Frenchman has been the head coach of superstar Serena Williams since June 2012. He took on the difficult task of coaching Williams to more Grand Slam titles in spite of knowing that she was in her 30’s. Their partnership has worked wonders to result in Williams’ one Olympic gold medal, ten Grand Slams, and three WTA Finals Championships with Mouratoglou as her mentor.

He is also famous for Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, which is one of the world’s most sought after tennis schools.

3. Brad Gilbert

Brad Gilbert, the foremost coaching manual available to coaches and novices, is most famous for his partnership with Andre Agassi, who won six of his eight Grand Slams with Gilbert by his side.

After saying goodbye with Agassi, Gilbert coached the rising tennis star Andy Roddick and guided him to his only Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open.

In 2006 and 2007, Gilbert coached Andy Murray and in recent years, he has also worked with Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey.

Best Female Coaches of All Time (P1)

In the past 10 or 15 years, most women had challenges to be appointed as assistant coaches. However, the female coaches have been more popular in all types of sports such as football, baseball, volleyball, cricket, among others. If you think that the successful female coaches must join the college sports programs, you will be surprised to find out the following coaches.

Here are the best female coaches in the world of all time.

1/Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith was the first full-time female coach in the history of the National Football League, where she led a team with the big boys. Starting with the New York Jets, Smith made efforts to take over various administrative roles while spending time on learning the methods to motivate a large team. Such attempts helped her become a player personal assistant then and gave her chances to learn a different side of the coach and player relationship.

In 2016, she gained a big achievement while working under Michael Hamlin and engaging with many American professional male football players. In the future, we can expect more successfulness from Smith as she continues showcasing her leadership skills from the sidelines.

2/Becky Hammon

It is not complete without mentioning Becky Hamon in the list of female coaches. She is a coach of the San Antonio Spurs, a very successful basketball team. She was an all-star in the Women’s National Basketball Association and now passes her knowledge and skills to both male and female athletes.

Even though Hammon grew up in the U.S., she gained the Russia citizenship in 2008. After that, she had chances to present on the Russian national team in 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, leading her into a head coach position.

Her basketball coaching career surpasses many other women when she has won the WNBA All-Star award six times and has been appointed as the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time.

Alex Ferguson Biography

Birthday: December 31, 1941

Birthplace: the U.K.

Profession: Football Coach

Sir Alexander Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of British football. He managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, having led the club to win 13 Premier League titles.

Having spent all of his playing career in Scotland, in 1974, Sir Alex Ferguson first went into management with East Stirlingshire before managing St Mirren in the same year when he transformed a Second Division team into the First Division champions in 1977.

His reputation is further enhanced at Aberdeen, where he led the club to top-flight titles four times, four Scottish Cups, and triumphs in the UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Replacing Ron Atkinson at Old Trafford in 1986, Ferguson won his first FA Cup four years later and also earned another UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Ferguson ended Man Utd’s long wait during 26 years for a top-flight title in the UEFA Premier League season of 1992/93. Over the next two decades, he went on to succeed and retired at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

During his coaching at the Red Devil, Ferguson also won the FA Cup on five occasions and the League Cup four times. Under his management, Man Utd also claimed two UEFA Champions League trophies, including the 1999 win in Barcelona in a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.

The 13th Premier League title and 20th top-flight triumph of Man Utd came with four matches to spare in 2012/13 when Ferguson managed the club 800 Premier League matches and 1,400 matches in all competitions.

In total, during his time in charge at Old Trafford, he lifted more than 30 trophies. Moreover, Sir Alex won Premier League Manager of the Season 11 times, picked up the monthly accolade on 27 occasions, as well as numerous other individual awards such as LMA Manager of the Decade and LMA Manager of the Year.

Phil Jackson-Legendary Basketball Coach

As a former basketball player, Phil Jackson is now one of the world’s legendary coaches.

Basketball Playing Career

Phil Jackson was born in Montana, America on September 17, 1945. During his schooling period, he actively joined sports and played basketball, football, and baseball. However, he pursued basketball as his career.

In 1967, he participated in a New York-based professional basketball team New York Knicks. In 1970, his team won the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship and continued winning the 1973 NBA championship.

In 1979, he played two seasons for the New Jersey Net professional team. One year later, he officially declared his decision to retire as a basketball player.

Coaching Career’’

After his retirement, he took over a coach of few lower-level leagues such as the Puerto Rico’s National Superior Basketball and the Continental Basketball Association. In 1978, he was named as the assistant coach of a professional basketball team Chicago Bulls.

In 1989, he was appointed as the head coach of the team. Thanks to his support during over nine seasons, the Chicago Bulls won a total of six championships.

Due to the conflicts with the team’s manager, he left the Chicago Bulls after the 1997-1998 season. One year later, he joined a coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2000, he helped his team to won the NBA championship after defeating the Indiana Pacers. In the next two years, the team continued winning two titles against the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets.

In 2004, Phil Jackson officially retired as coach of Los Angeles Lakers but was reappointed as the head coach of the team in 2005 as the team recorded a disappointing 2004-2005 season.

After his reappointment, the team’s performance was improved. In 2009, he led the team to defeat Orlando Magic team at the NBA finals. In 2010, he continued leading the team to yet another championship.

He continued resumed his position as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010-2011 season. It was his last season as he retired as a coach in 2011.

Tara VanDerveer seems to be the most underrated great coach in the US

It can be fairly said that Tara VanDerveer is the most underrated great coach in the US. So what are the reasons?

VanDerveer is a chunk of the weekend by winning her 1,000th college basketball game, either whether it is Friday against Southern California or Monday against UCLA. It would make her the third coach in the history of the US sports to achieve that well-rounded milestone, just after Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt.

What are the reasons why she is so underrated? She has been around for so very long time and between Idaho (two years), Stanford (30), Ohio State (five), and the U.S. Olympic Team (one), a long time in this culture is an excuse to overlook. Overlooking causes dismissing, and dismissing causes underrating.

The next reason is that she has done most of her work on the West Coast, which has always been undervalued by the opinion makers in the East and Midwest.

Moreover, most of her career has been as a second banana after Summit and Tennessee and then Geno Auriemma. Having coached eleven teams to the Final Four, however, she won only twice. Meanwhile, our culture values silver and bronze medals as the way we value dryer lint. It also doesn’t help that her teams lost twice to Summitt’s Tennessee and four times to Auriemma’s Connecticut.

Another reason is that VanDerveer is mostly an insider’s coach. She has won a steady stream of raves for many years since she has been supportive of both her contemporaries and potential successors at the same time kicking their hinders mercilessly. She has not done the self-aggrandizing and maybe degrading things needed to be done to become famous.

For all these reasons, when the list of extraordinary coaches is written down, her name will not come easily to paper. She has done everything a coach can do but not aggressively seek out fame, which makes her underrated.

World’s Highest Paid Cricket Coaches

The followings are some of the cricket coaches with the highest salary in the world.

4/ Russell Domingo – Bangladesh (INR 1.29 Crore)

Born on August 30, 1974, Russell Domingo is now the head coach of the Bangladesh National Cricket team with a salary of about INR1.3 Crores. In August 2019, he replaced Steve Rhodes to become the head coach of Bangladesh after the team had disappointing results at the World Cup.  

5/ Gary Stead -New Zealand (INR 1.73 Crore)

Gary Stead, born on January 9, 1972, is now a head coach of the National Cricket Team of New Zealand, his fatherland. He is the highest-paid cricket coach in the world with an annum salary of about IRN 1.73 Crore.

6/ Misbah-ul-Haq – Pakistan (INR 1.79 Crore)

Despite being criticized by numerous fans for his appointment, Misbah-ul-Haq has helped the Pakistan national team reap a wide range of achievements since September 2019.

This cricket coach earns a salary of INR 1.79 Crore for his job as a head coach of the Pakistan national team.

7/ Mickey Arthur -Sri Lanka (INR 3.44 Crore)

As a former South African cricketer, Mickey Arthur is one of the most famous coaches in the world after leading the Sri Lankan Cricket team and the Pakistan cricket team. Under his leadership, two teams won many important tournaments.

Now, he is one of the highest-paid coaches worldwide with a salary of IRN 3.5 Crore.

8/ Chris Silverwood — England (INR 4.65 Crore)

Born on March 5, 1975, Chris Silverwood is now working as the head coach of the England and Wales national cricket team. With a salary of INR4.65 Crore, he is currently the third highest-paid cricket coach worldwide.

9/ Justin Langer — Australia (INR 4.6-5 Crore)

As former left-handed Australian cricketer, Justin Langer is now the head coach of the Australian Cricket team. Thanks to his leadership, the team has won many important cricket tournaments and events in the world. He gained INR4.6-5 Crores for his job.  

10/ Ravi Shastri – India ( INR 9.5-10 Crores)

The highest-paid cricket coach in the world is Ravi Shastri. He replaced Anil Kumble to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team and receive a whopping salary of INR9.5-10 Crore.

The oldest, youngest, and most wins coaches in the history of EURO

The 15 tournaments of the UEFA European Championship have been won by 15 different coaches. But which coaches are the key factors? Let’s break down the stand-out figures.


Gavriil Kachalin (USSR), EURO 1960

José Villalonga (Spain), EURO 1964

Ferruccio Valcareggi (Italy), EURO 1968

Helmut Schön (West Germany), EURO 1972

Václav Ježek (Czechoslovakia), EURO 1976

Jupp Derwall (West Germany), EURO 1980

Michel Hidalgo (France), EURO 1984

Rinus Michels (Netherlands), EURO 1988

Richard Møller Nielsen (Denmark), EURO 1992

Berti Vogts (Germany), EURO 1996

Roger Lemerre (France), EURO 2000

Otto Rehhagel (Greece), EURO 2004

Luis Aragonés (Spain), EURO 2008

Vicente del Bosque (Spain), EURO 2012

Fernando Santos (Portugal), EURO 2016

• There is no coach who has won the tittle twice and only two have won both the EURO and the World Cup:

Helmut Schön (Germany), EURO 1972, World Cup 1974

Vicente del Bosque (Spain), World Cup 2010, EURO 2012

• Helmut Schön is the only coach to have led a team for two EURO finals; his West Germany side followed up their 1972 victory with a defeat on penalties to Czechoslovakia in the 1976 version.

  • Berti Vogts – a member of Schön’s 1972 Germany team – is the only person to have won the EURO as a player and then a coach after leading Germany to be the champion in 1996.

• German coach Otto Rehhagel is the only coach to have won a EURO with a foreign team: he led Greece to glory in the 2004 edition in Portugal.

• Luis Aragonés is the oldest coach to have won a EURO. He was 69 years and 336 days old on the day when Spain won over Germany at EURO 2008 final match.

• Spain’s José Villalonga is the youngest coach to have won a EURO. He was 44 years and 192 days old on the day of his nation’s 1964 EURO final win against the USSR.

World’s Highest-Paid Cricket Coaches (P1)

Coaches play an important role in sports with a lot of responsibilities and pressures, especially coaches of the game of cricket. The coaches will mainly contribute to the success or loss of the team via their decision-making skills.

The role of a head coach will partly be reflected by their remuneration. The followings are a list of the highest-paid cricket coaches in the world.

1/ Lalchand Rajput- Zimbabwe (INR 35.8 Lakhs)

As a former Indian cricket player, Lalchang Rajput is now a head coach of the Zimbabwe National Cricket team. Although Rajput has not played many international games, he is one of the most experienced coaches worldwide.

After his retirement from the cricket playing career, Rajput took up various coaching places. First of all, he coached India A team and was also the manager of the World Cup 2007 champion. He then became the head coach of the Zimbabwe National Cricket team and was also the head coach of Afghanistan’s cricket team.

He was one of the highest-paid cricket coaches when leading the Zimbabwe National Cricket team with a salary of INR35.8 Lakhs.

2/ Phil Simmons- West Indies (INR 64.5 Lakhs)

Phil Simmons was the former Caribbean all-rounder. Since October 2019, he has taken the duties as a head coach of the West Indies cricket team. Earlier, he worked as a head coach of Zimbabwe in 2004-2005 and also a head coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team in 2017-2019.

As one of the most experienced coaches worldwide, he receives an average salary of INR64.5 Lakhs per annum.

3/ Mark Boucher- South Africa (INR 1.05 Crore)

Mark Boucher, a former South African wicket-keeper, has taken up the coaching positions in various since his retirement in 2012. He was named as a coach of the Proteas in December 2019 via a contract lasting until 2023.

This legendary wicket-keeper earns a salary of over INR1 Crore per annum.

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.