Basketball Coaches

Great Basketball Coaches have been few and far between. The coaching greats like Wooden, Riley and Dean Smith were all able to guide their players and bring out the best in each of them each night.

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With seven NBA championship rings Pat Riley is perhaps the greatest coach in NBA history. He led the Lakers through a terrific run and brought back the Miami Heat. Read about Pat Riley and his career as a coach and a guard.

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When Adolph Rupp left the Univ. of Kentucky he had won more games than any other coach in history. During his career he became a legend and influenced countless other coaches and players. Read about Adolph Rupp and his career highlights.

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James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 and was also a coach. He introduced basketball at Kansas and coached the varsity team but he offered little to coaching theory. Read more about James Naismith and the origin of basketball.

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Famous for his fiery temper and antics on the sidelines, Bob Knight is the youngest college coach ever to win 300 games. He broke the all-time record for games won on January 1, 2007. Read more about bombastic Bobby Knight and his many victories.

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John Wooden was inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach who won 10 NCAA championships. He organized the UCLA dynasty in the 1960s and coached many players into the NBA.

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Red Grange was one of the superstar athletes who propelled football into mass-popularity. He was famous for incredible speed that allowed him to break away from defenders for large gains. Read about his career during the Golden Age of Sports.

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Red Auerbach led the Boston Celtics for 16 seasons and presided over nine championship games. While coaching, Auerbach stressed physical conditioning, team defense and fast breaking offense. Read about Auerbach's amazing career.

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Dean Smith won 879 games as basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. A protege of legend Phog Allen Smith, he led an illustrious coaching career. Learn more about Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith.

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