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Top 10 Most Influential Sports Coaches of All Time

Updated: Jan 24, 2023


  1. Vince Lombardi - Known as one of the greatest coaches in American football history, Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships in the 1960s. He is famous for his motivational speeches and his emphasis on discipline and teamwork.

  2. Phil Jackson - Jackson is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of professional basketball. He won 11 NBA championships as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. He is known for his use of Zen philosophy to inspire and motivate his teams.

  3. Bill Belichick - The current head coach of the New England Patriots, Belichick is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of American football. He has led the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances and six wins, making him the most successful coach in the history of the NFL playoffs.

  4. Pat Summitt - Summitt is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of college basketball. She led the University of Tennessee's women's basketball team to eight NCAA championships and 1,098 career wins, the most in NCAA basketball history.

  5. Nick Saban - Saban is considered one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. He has led the University of Alabama to six national championships and has an overall record of 205-61-1 as a head coach.

  6. John Wooden - Known as the "Wizard of Westwood," Wooden is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of college basketball. He led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row.

  7. Bear Bryant - Bryant is considered one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. He led the University of Alabama to six national championships and had a record of 323-85-17 as a head coach.

  8. Sir Alex Ferguson - Sir Alex Ferguson is considered one of the greatest soccer coaches of all time. He led Manchester United to 13 English Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League titles over a 26-year period.

  9. Frank McGuire - McGuire is considered one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time. He led the University of North Carolina to the 1957 NCAA championship and coached for a total of 36 years.

  10. Knute Rockne - Rockne is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of American football. He led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to 105 wins, 12 losses, and five ties and he is credited with popularizing the forward pass and the Notre Dame Shift.

These coaches have made a significant impact in their respective sports, not just through the number of games won, but through their leadership, strategies, and philosophies. They have inspired many young coaches and athletes, and their legacies continue to influence the sports world today.


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