10 Coaches With the Most National College Basketball Championships

The NCAA men's college basketball national championships have been around since 1939. From Indiana's Branch McCracken in the game's early days to North Carolina's Roy Williams in 2017, a handful of legendary coaches have dominated the sport. These 10 coaches hold the most NCAA men's basketball titles. 

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John Wooden (10)

John Wooden
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John Wooden's UCLA Bruins dominated more than a decade of college hoops. The team's seven consecutive titles are an NCAA record, and Wooden coached four of those teams to perfect 30–0 seasons. Nicknamed "the Wizard of Westwood," Wooden coached a number of players who went on to the NBA, most notably Lou Alcindor (who later changed his name to Kareen Abdul-Jabbar). John Wooden died in 2010 at the age of 90.

Championship years: 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975

University: UCLA

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Mike Krzyzewski (5)

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Mike Kryzewski became the face of Duke University's men's basketball team in 1980. During his tenure, the Blue Devils have gone to the NCAA playoffs more than 30 times, including 22 times in a row (1996-2017), second only to the Jayhawks of Kansas. Kryzewski also holds the distinction of having coached the men's U.S. Olympic basketball team three times (2008, 2012, 2016). 

Championship years: 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015

University: Duke

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Adolph Rupp (4)

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In his 41 years as head coach at the University of Kentucky, Adolph Rupp led his Wildcats to 876 victories. That record puts him among the 10 winningest coaches in NCAA men's basketball. Rupp's record as a coach is marred by a point-shaving scandal that resulted in Kentucky's being banned from play during the 1952–53 season. He continued coaching until 1972. Rupp died at age 76 in 1977.

Championship years: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958

University: Kentucky

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Roy Williams (3)

Roy Williams
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Williams led the North Carolina Tarheels to their third NCAA men's title in 2017, giving him his third championship. He began his coaching career as an assistant for the Tarheels in 1978, before taking the head coaching job at Kansas. After 15 successful years at KU, he returned to North Carolina as head coach in 2003.

Championship years: 2005, 2009, 2017 

University: North Carolina

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Bob Knight (3)

Bob Knight
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Bob Knight was known as much for his explosive temper as for his coaching record at Indiana. From 1971 to 2000, Knight was the head coach of the Hoosiers. He has also coached at Texas Tech (2001–08) and Army (1965–71), then retired to pursue a broadcasting career. When he retired in 2008, Knight had 902 career wins, the most of any coach at that time.

Championship years: 1976, 1981, 1987

University: Indiana

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Jim Calhoun (3)

Jim Calhoun
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The University of Connecticut is known for excellence in both men's and women's basketball. Jim Calhoun, who coached the men's Husky teams from 1986 to 2012, also has won three NCAA titles. Prior to his tenure at Connecticut, he coached at Northeastern for 14 years. Calhoun retired from coaching at the end of the 2012 season.

Championship years: 1999, 2004, 2011

University: Connecticut

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Branch McCracken (2)

Branch McCracken
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Branch McCracken was there at the beginning when the first NCAA basketball playoffs were held in 1939. That year, his Indiana Hoosiers finished second to Oregon. But the following year, Indiana went all the way and won the NCAA championship. At the time, he was the youngest coach to lead a team to the title. McCracken, who coached at Ball State from 1930–38, joined the Hoosiers in 1939 and remained there until 1965. He died in 1970 at age 61.

Championship years: 1940, 1953

University: Indiana

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Henry Iba (2)

Henry Iba
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Henry Iba wasn't just the head coach of Oklahoma State's men's basketball team for 36 years. He was also university's athletic director for much of that time (and for a few years, also the baseball coach). He also served as coach of the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in 1964, 1968, and 1972. Iba died at 88 in 1993. 

Championship years: 1945, 1946

University: Oklahoma State

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Phil Woolpert (2)

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Like Henry Iba, Phil Woolpert did double-duty as men's basketball coach and athletic director. In addition to back-to-back titles, Woolpert led the Dons (later the Toreros) on a 60-game winning streak, one of the longest in NCAA history. Woolpert died 1987 at 71.

Championship years: 1955, 1956

University: San Francisco

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Ed Jucker (2)

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Ed Jucker led the Bearcats to consecutive titles in 1961 and '62, as well as a second-place finish in 1963. In his five years with Cincinnati, he had a record of 113–20, one of the highest win percentages in NCAA basketball. Jucker died 2002 at age 85.

Championship years: 1961, 1962

University: Cincinnati

Other Winning Coaches

Other men's basketball coaches who have won at least two national championships include Denny Crum (Louisville), Dean Smith (North Carolina), Billy Donovan (Florida), and Rick Pitino (Kentucky, Louisville).