The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops

When it comes to NCAA basketball coaching wins, two names stand out. One is Bob Knight, the legendary coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, who retired with 902 wins, which was a record at the time. The other is Mike Krzyzewski, the coach of the Duke Blue Devils. Krzyzewski enters the 2017-18 men's college hoops season with 868 career wins, the most of any active coach. But Coach K, as he's known to Duke players and fans, isn't the only active coach with a substantial win record.

It's worth noting that official NCAA Division I records count victories from any four-year college in the United States, so long as the coach has spent at least five years at the Division I level. Bo Ryan's record, for example, includes 353 victories from his tenure as coach of the Division III University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers.

Other noteworthy coaches include Tara VanDerveer, the head coach of the women's basketball team at Stanford University, who has 1,012 wins in her career, and Ralph Hodge, the coach of Division II school Olivet Nazarene, with 761 career wins.

Note that win totals are reflected as of the end of the 2016-17 season.

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Mike Krzyzewski: 1,071 wins

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Coach K has had one of the most impressive careers of any modern college basketball coach. In addition to his 1,000-plus career victories as coach at Duke University and Army, he's taken his teams to 12 Final Four playoffs, matching the record set by the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. Krzyzewski also has won five national titles, second only to Wooden. His Duke Blue Devils last won the national championship in 2014-15.

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Jim Boeheim: 1,003

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With his career-win record, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University is close behind Mike Krzyzewski. In fact, he'd be ahead of Coach K if it weren't for NCAA sanctions that stripped him of 101 wins due to several rules violations that occurred during the 2005-06 and 2010-11 seasons. During his career, Boeheim has led the Orangemen to one national title and has been to the Final Four five times.

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Roy Williams: 810

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Roy Williams has had success at both the University of Kansas, where he coached for 15 seasons, and later at the University of North Caroline, where he has won four NCAA tournament championships. In a career spanning nearly three decades, only twice has he failed to take his teams to the NCAA tournament.

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Bob Huggins: 747

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The head coach of West Virginia, Bob Huggins has never won an NCAA championship, but he's had plenty of other major victories in his career. Huggins, who also coached at Akron, Cincinnati, and Kansas State, has been to the Final Four twice and won 10 conference tournament titles.

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Cliff Ellis: 735

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Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis holds an unusual distinction among NCAA Division I coaches. He's the only person to have won 150 games at four different universities: South Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, and Coastal Carolina. During his career, which began in 1975 at South Alabama, he has been to the NCAA tournament 10 times.

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Rick Barnes: 635

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When the University of Tennessee hired Rick Barnes in 2015, they clearly were hoping his success rub off on them. Barnes had previously coached at the University of Texas, where he transformed a program overshadowed by football into a standout program in its own right. During his 17 seasons at Texas, he led the Longhorns to 16 NCAA tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2012-13. Barnes also coached at George Mason and Providence prior to Texas.

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Bobby Cremins: 586

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Coastal Carolina coach Bobby Cremins has coached at three universities since beginning his career in the mid-1970s. Prior to his current job, he coached at Georgia Tech from 1981 to 2000, and before that, he was at Appalachian State. His greatest successes came at Georgia Tech, where he took the Yellowjackets to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 1989–90.

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John Beilein: 508

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In his 10 seasons with Michigan, coach John Beilein has led the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament seven times, including a spot at the Final Four in 2012–13. Before joining Michigan, he coached at West Virginia, taking the Mountaineers to two tournaments, as well as Richmond and Canisius.

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Larry Hunter: 384

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Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter has only been to the NCAA finals once since beginning his career at Ohio University in 1989–90. Despite the lack of tournament appearances, he has managed to accumulate nearly 400 career wins at the two schools. Hunter joined Carolina in the 2005–06 season after Ohio fired him in 2001.

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Rick Byrd: 364

Rick Byrd
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Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., is one of the smallest schools to compete at the Division I level, but they've had a big impact. Coach Rick Byrd has l364 wins in his career, spent entirely at Belmont. During his tenure, Byrd has led the Bruins to six NCAA tournament appearances and seven conference tournament titles.