Like football, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Besides legendary players, many audiences pay much attention to basketball coaches, who partly contribute to the achievements and successes of the teams. Of which, Dean Smith, Bobby Knight, and Jim Calhoun are known as the most famous basketball coaches of all time.
First of all, Dean Smith, American men’s college basketball head coach, is considered as one of the greatest creators of college basketball in the world after designing the Four Corner Offense. After having taken over the Tar Heels in 1961, Smith turned it into one of the most successful programs in the country.
At the ages of 36 years old, Smith amassed over 870 wins and eleven Final Four appearances and two national championships. Until now, about 97% of his athletes gained degrees.
Bobby Knight ranked second in the list after having 902 career victories, partly thanks to his often-abrasive style. Such achievements make Knight become the second-winningest coach in Division 1 Men’s Basketball. Known as the “General,” Knight helped the Indiana Hoosiers achieve five Finals Fours and three national Championships. The coach also guided the U.S. team to win a gold medal at the 1979 Pan America Games and the 1984 Olympics.
Knight is also famous for his commitments to the education as about 80% of his players graduated, compared to the average of the NCAA Division I at 42%.
Meanwhile, Jim Calhoun is famous after turning the Connecticut Huskies into one of the college basketball’s elite programs. In his career, Calhoun has won over 600 games, made four appearances, and collected three national titles.
In 2005, Calhoun was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. At the age of 68, he became the oldest coach in Division I history to win the national title. Besides, he has been the Honorary Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Now, he is actively involved with the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Miracle Network.