RANKING TOP TOURNEY COACHES MUCH HARDER AFTER 2007
this time last year, the numbers led me to declare that Mike Kryzewski, Jim Calhoun, Rick Pitino
and Tom Izzo formed the
2007 tourney happened. Coach K’s Blue Devils suffered
one of only three major upsets, losing in round one to eleventh-seeded
In fact, there were plenty of coaches besides Donovan who had impressive enough 2007 runs that they’re one big tourney away from breaking into the ranks of elite coaches. Of course, there were other coaches whose sudden departures from the dance sent them tumbling in the opposite direction. Whose stock is rising? Whose is falling? Let’s find out.
Best coaching records of the 64/65-team era
The impact of Donovan’s consecutive championships is readily apparent in the rankings of active coaches with the best tourney records. Here’s how the top 10 active coaches with at least five tourney trips stack up, out of 46: