The fans’ top four greatest sports coaches of all time

After sifting through the history books, we have found the fans’ top four greatest coaches of all time. With just a firm stare, they have inspired an entire team, nation, and even planet.

Phil Jackson

Coaching the Bulls and Lakers, Phil Jackson has won a record 10 NBA Championships. He has also a two-time champion when playing with the Knicks. He has been at the helm for three different three-peats. He is widely known as the Zen Master for his coaching techniques. During the regular season, he has an astounding 1,041-435 record and in the playoffs, he has 209-91.

John Wooden

John Wooden was the first player to have ever been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. While coaching UCLA, he won a record 10 NCAA Championships in a span of 12 years. While with the Bruins, he compiled a 620-147. The Wizard of Westwood holds the consecutive winning streak record of 88 games and his Bruin captured 19 conference championships.

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt is regarded as the all-time most successful women’s college basketball coach. She also helped bring the sport of basketball to the mainstream. She has an unprecedented 1,005-192 record, including the records for most NCAA Tourney wins (104), most Final Fours (22), most Sweet 16s (27, out of a possible 28), most Finals (13), and most NCAA Championships (eight). She even won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi led the Packers to win the first two Super Bowls. His impact was so deep that the trophy of the Super Bowl carries his name. During the regular season, Lombardi compiled a record of 96-34-6 and a 9-1 postseason record. This man also led the Packers to the NFL Championships five times. He was at the helm during the 1967 Ice Bowl – one of the most famous games in the history of the NFL.

Ten Highest Paid Coaches Worldwide (P2)

7/ Doc Rivers ($10 million per year)

With a yearly salary of $10 million, American basketball coach Doc Rivers ranked the seventh place in the list of ten highest-paid coaches in the world. He spent most of his basketball playing career with the Atlanta Hawks. He also joined the U.S. national team in the FIFA World Championship in 1982 in which his team gained the silver medal.

After retirement from a magnificent career as a player, Doc Rivers then became the successful coach of many teams. At the moment, he is a head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Since 2011, he has led the Clippers after signing a five-year contract extension worth $35 million in 2013.

6/ Zinedine Zindane ($10.1 million per year)

The list would be incomplete without mentioning a dynamic and talented leader Zinedine Zindane. He reached the top of the soccer-playing career in the victory of FIFA World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000 with France. The skilled player has achieved many awards and honors for his outstanding contributions and stepped into coaching in 2010. Now, he is a coach of Real Madrid.

5/ Arsene Wenger ($10.5 million per year)

 Arsene Wenger, another French football player, started his career in 1978 as a defender. He luckily got on the road of coaching in 1984. He had managed four clubs before becoming a head manager at Arsenal now.

He started his long tenure at Arsenal in 1996 and became one of the most successful managers in this football team’s history.

Wenger does not completely depend on football for his earnings as he makes a huge amount with his automobile spare parts business.

4/Gregg Popovich ($11 million per year)

Gregg Popovich, a 68-year-old American basketball coach, lead the San Antonio Spurs to NBA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. As such results, he becomes the longest tenured active coach for 30 years in the NBA.

In 2014, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Spurs. It is believed to make $8 million per season.

Ten greatest coaches in the history of tennis (part 3)

6. Paul Annacone

During the 1980s, Paul Annacone was a successful professional tennis player, having a career-high ranking of World Number 12 in 1986. He even won a Grand Slam at the Australian Open of 1985 at the doubles level and achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World Number 3.

But Annacone is most famous for his work with Pete Sampras – one of tennis’ greatest of all time. They had initially a 7-year partnership, from 1995 to 2001. After that, Annacone took a gap year to recharge his batteries.

He again came back with Sampras and helped him win the 2002 US. Sampras won 10 of his total 14 Grand Slam titles with Annacone being his mentor.

Annacone then coached Tim Henman for 3 years. In 2010, he took up the coaching responsibility of Roger Federer and helped the Swiss win two of his Grand Slam titles.

After his work with Federer, he coached Sloane Stephens and Stan Wawrinka and now is the coach of American Taylor Fritz.

7. Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl won up to 8 Grand Slams during his playing career. But he wasn’t satisfied and remained connected with tennis even after his retirement.

Lendl took over as the coach of Andy Murray – who had enormous potential but had tasted not much success at the Grand Slam level. Lendl had a key part in Murray’s becoming a Slam champion from being a Slam contender. He helped Murray win his first ever Major title in 2012 at the US Open.

One year later, he coached Murray to the Wimbledon title, helping the Scot achieve a lifelong dream. In 2014, Murray hired Amelie Mauresmo as his coach and their partnership ended there.

But their relationship restarted in 2016 when Murray won the Wimbledon Championships and the Olympic gold, finishing the year as World Number 1 for the first time.

Now Lendl serves as the coach of Alexander Zverev.

Ten Highest-Paid Coaches Worldwide (P1)

The coaches play an important role in sports teams. Good leaders will help the teams achieve more championships. Therefore, they receive high salaries for their contributions. Here is a list of ten highest-paid coaches in the world.

10/ Antonio Conte ($8.2 million per year)

Antonio Conte, an Italian football coach, is working as the manager of Premier League Club Chelsea. During his football playing career, he played as a midfielder from 1985-2004 for Lecce, Juventus, and the Italian national team. Of which, Conte played for Juventus for 12 years and became one of the most decorated players in the football team’s history.

In 2004, he retired from the football player career. However, he remained with Juventus club as a coach. His managerial career began with Bari team in 2006. After that, he managed Siena for some months and Juventus for some years.

In 2016, Conte signed a three-year contract with Chelsea, which pays him £550,000 per month.

9/Jurgen Klopp ($8.8 million per year)

As a former professional player, Jurgen Klopp is one of the famous football managers. The German soccer spent most of his football playing career at Mainz 05. He had played for Mainz 05 for 15 years since 1990 before ending in 2001. In the same year, he was appointed as a manager of the club, marking the start of his managerial career.

After this, he worked as the manager for Dortmund. He became the longer serving manager for both clubs with seven years each.

Since 2015, he has worked with Liverpool per a six-year contract worth £47 million.

Besides, he has endorsed many famous brands such as Puma, Opel, German Cooperative banking group, and Wirtschaftswoche.

8/ Jim Harbaugh ($9 million per year)

Before working as a head coach of the University of Michigan, Jim had coached Stanford cardinal, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Toreros. Prior to the coaching career, he had a rousing American football player for about two decades.

In 1994, he put his first feet in coaching as an assistant coach. In 2011, he was appointed as the head coach of San Francisco 49ers, marking his meteoric rise in his coaching career.

Ten greatest coaches in the history of tennis (part 2)

4. Boris Becker

In December 2013, Novak Djokovic sought the services of Boris Becker as his coach. Since Becker had no experience in coaching before, it was quite a challenge for him to help Djokovic surpass two of the greatest stars that the sport of tennis has had: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Becker-Djokovic partnership worked like a charm. In just three years, Becker helped the player from Serbia win six Grand Slam titles along with 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles.

Djokovic and Becker decided to go their separate ways in 2016 and currently Becker is working as an analyst for BBC. He has also been in charge of the Head Coach of the German Tennis Federation since 2017.

5. Nick Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri is one of the most widely respected and admired tennis coaches. He has guided a host of several successful tennis players. His book Tennis Handbook has been the go-to book for budding players and coaches around the world over the years. From tactics and strategy to mental conditioning, the book covers everything.

Bollettieri has coached many tennis players who have become World Number 1, including Monica Seles, Marcelo Rios, Jim Courier, and Andre Agassi. In addition, he played an important role in stars such as Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Mary Pierce winning Grand Slam titles. Bollettieri was one of the five inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

6. Tony Roche

Part of the Big 5 of Australian tennis in the 1960s and 1970s, Tony Roche was a very skilled singles player, who won the 1966 French Open and won a total of 46 singles titles and 12 Grand Slam doubles titles during his career.

Roche became the coach of Ivan Lendl to help him hone his volleying skills. Their partnership was fairly productive, even though Lendl never won Wimbledon.

Roche then coached Pat Rafter and helped him become the world’s Number 1 player. He also worked with Roger Federer between 2005 and 2007 when Federer won 8 of his 20 Grand Slam titles.

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3/ Sylvia Hatchell (Basketball)

Ranking the fourth in terms of basketball players with the most career wins in America, Sylvia Hatchell began her coaching career in 1974 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She led this women’s basketball team to various victories.

During his coaching career, Hatchell took the fourth highest rank for the wins in the professional basketball events.

She stands out from other basketball coaches in the world thanks to her unmatched leadership skills and positivity. As of 2018, she still coached the North Carolina team to lead the ACC Converses. She helped the team to achieve multiple gold medals.

4/Jennifer Welter (Football)

Jennifer Welter is one of the best female coaches in the NFL. As an American football player, she started her coaching career in the NFL in 2015.

As of 2018, she worked as an assistant coach of the Arizona Cardinals. However, she had previously worked as a coach with special teams and linebackers in the Taxes Revolution.

During her coaching career, she supported her teams to win the Women’s Professional Football League championship three times and the IWFL championship for once in 2008.

In conclusion, she is a pioneer among the football women coaches. Focusing on changing the perception of coaching within the NFL, she is a sports pioneer within the United Nations.

5/ Tara VanDerveer (Basketball)

Tara VanDerveer has worked as the women’s basketball head coach at Stanford University for 33 years as of 2018. She only took a short break from leading Stanford University in participating in the 1996 Olympic Games with the U.S. national team.

Earlier, she worked with Idaho and Ohio State Universities between the late 1970s and mid-1980s.

During her coaching career, she has recorded 1,036 wins with only 242 losses. Thanks to such achievements, she ranked second in the top female basketball coaches as of the end of 2018.

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.