Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K has more NCAA championship appearances than any other active coach in college basketball, with a total of eight (8). He is one (1) of only two (2) active coaches who has won back-to-back National Championships, with the other one being Coach Billy Donovan of Florida. As of the end of the 2013-2014 season he has accumulated an impressive overall record of 983 wins and 306 loses. He also has more wins than any other active Coach today and has the second highest NCAA tournament appearances, 30, just one (1) shy of Coach Boeheim who has 31 total appearances.

Rank: #1

Jim Boeheim

Coach Boeheim has the longest tenure with one team than any other active division 1 coach. He has been the head coach of the Syracuse Orangemen for more than thirty-eight (38) years. He has the third most NCAA National Championship game appearances, at four (4). The top two (2) are Coach Mike Krzyzewski (8) and Coach Roy Williams (5). He has the single most NCAA tournament appearances, at 31. Coach Boeheim has won one (1) NCAA Championship (2003). He is second only behind Coach K in number of overall wins, with 948 wins at the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Rank: #2

Roy Williams

Coach Williams has the second most NCAA Championship game appearances under Coach K, with five (5) appearances. He has two NCAA championship wins under his belt, winning one in 2005 and the other in 2009. He has the second most final four appearances at eight (8). Coach K has eleven (11). He also has the third highest NCAA Tournament appearances, with 24.

Rank: #3

Rick Pitino

Coach Rick Pitino is one (1) of only four (4) active division 1 head coaches who has more than 1 NCAA National Championship (NCAA Championships with Kentucky in 1996 and Louisville in2013). The others are Coach K (4), Roy Williams (2) and Billy Donovan (2). He is also the only active coach who has taken three (3) different teams to the Final Four (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville). He has the third most Final Four appearances out of all active coaches with seven (7), the other two (2) are Mike Krzyzewski (11) and Roy Williams (8). He has the sixth most NCAA Tournament appearances with a total of nineteen (19).

Rank: #4

All four of these men are part of the sixty year old and above club. That means that within the next ten (10) years, one (1) or more of these JOINT CHIEF slots will open up. So, who are the next four (4) in line? Well according to d1coachcorner.com’s calculations, the next four (4) of these Five Star Generals slated to fill these slots are: John Calipari, Tom Izzo, Bill Self and Billy Donovan.

John Calipari

Coach Calipari is one (1) of only twelve (12) active Division 1 head coaches who has won a NCAA National championship. He is one (1) of only seven (7) active division 1 head coaches who has had more than two (2) NCAA National Championship appearances. The others are Mike Krzyzewski (8), Roy Williams (5), Jim Boeheim (4), Rick Pitino (3), Billy Donovan (3) and Steve Fisher (3). He is also only one (1) of two (2) active head coaches who has both a NCAA National Championship and a National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Championship, with the other coach being Coach Steve Fisher. He has the tenth most NCAA appearances at fifteen (15) and is thirteenth in overall wins (548 wins).

Rank: #5

Tom Izzo

Coach Izzo is one (1) of only twelve (12) active Division 1 head coaches who has won a NCAA National championship. He is one (1) of only ten (10) active head coaches who has more than (1) NCAA National Championship appearances added to his list of accolades, at two (2). He has the fourth most Final Four appearances, at six (6). Only Mike Krzyzewski (11), Roy Williams (8) and Rick Pitino (7) have more. He is tied with Bill Self and Tubby Smith for the seventh most NCAA Tournament appearances of all active coaches, at seventeen (17).

Rank: #6

Bill Self

Bill Self is one (1) of only twelve (12) active Division 1 head coaches who has won a NCAA National championship. He is one (1) of only ten (10) active head coaches who has more than (1) NCAA National Championship appearances added to his list of accolades, at two (2). He is tied with Tom Izzo and Tubby Smith for the seventh most NCAA Tournament appearances of all active coaches, at seventeen (17).

Rank: #7

Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan is the youngest of the elite Five Star General’s Club, at age 48. At a young age he has already accomplished two (2) NCAA National Championships. He is one (1) of only two (2) active head coaches who has won back-to-back NCAA National Championships. The other is Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. He is also one (1) of only four (4) active head coaches who has two (2) or more NCAA National Championships, the others being Mike Krzyzewski (4), Roy Williams (2) and Rick Pitino (2). He is one (1) of only seven (7) active head coaches who has three (3) or more NCAA National Championship appearances added to his list of accolades. The others are Mike Krzyzewski (8), Roy Williams (5), Jim Boeheim (4), Rick Pitino (3), John Calipari (3) and Steve Fisher (3). He is tied with Coach Steve Fisher for the Fourteenth most NCAA Tournament Appearances, at fourteen (14).

Rank: #8

 

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In this April 2, 2001, file photo, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Blue Devils hoist the championship trophy after beating Arizona 82-72 in the finals of the Final Four in Minneapolis. The Atlantic Coast Conference had an impressive enough roster of Naismith Hall of Fame coaches before expansion with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams. Then it added Syracuse's Jim Boeheim last year, and now is bringing in Louisville's Rick Pitino. It's a group with nine NCAA championships combined and now they're going to be fighting each other for an ACC title. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan, File)

The four (4) highest ranking active division 1 college basketball coaches are referred to by d1coachcorner.com as THE JOINT CHIEFS of college basketball. Of course it is a term borrowed from the United States armed forces. But similar to the armed forces these four men are known as the Generals-of-all-Generals.

Who are these four Hall of Famers?

They are Coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) of Duke, Coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina and Coach Rick Pitino of Louisville. They are the most accomplished men in college basketball.

 

Jack Williams, D1CoachCorner.com 12:00am December 1, 2014
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