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.
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 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 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 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.