Top College Basketball Coaches with the Most Career Wins (Part III)

February 7, 2020

Jim Calhoun earned three NCAA tournament titles.

Jim Calhoun

Career Wins:  877

NCAA Tournament Titles:  3

Final Fours:  4

 

Jim Calhoun retired as the head coach of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program after the 2011–12 season. The first 14 years of his career were at Northeastern, then he spent 26 years at UConn. At UConn, he earned three national titles. 

 

Dean Smith

Career Wins:  879

NCAA Tournament Titles:  2

Final Fours:  11

 

Dean Smith spent his whole coaching career, 36 years, at the University of North Carolina. During that time, he won two national titles, 17 regular-season conference titles, and 13 conference tournaments. At the time of Smith’s retirement, he had the record for the most wins in a college basketball coaching career. After he died in 2015, Smith’s estate gave $200 to each of his former lettermen so they could have a nice dinner. 

 

Bob Knight

Career Wins:  899

NCAA Tournament Titles:  3

Final Fours:  5

 

Bob Knight, who became famous for losing his cool at times, won 138 games as the head coach at Texas Tech, 102 games as the head coach of Army, and 659 games as the head coach at Indiana. He won all three of his national championships at Indiana. When he retired, Knight held the record for the most wins in a college basketball coaching career.

 

Jim Boeheim

Career Wins:  1,003*

NCAA Tournament Titles:  1

Final Fours:  5

 

This one comes with a huge caveat. Since the 1976–77 season, Jim Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse. Over time, he has led the Orange to over 1,000 wins. Though, thanks to a report on Syracuse athletics, 101 of Boeheim’s wins were vacated because of having ineligible players. 

 

However, even with the vacated wins, Boeheim still has a second place on this list. Boeheim coached his teams to five Final Four appearances and one national title. He joined the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.