Top 20 College Basketball Coaches with the Highest Winning Percentages

North Carolina's Roy Williams is College Basketball's Active Coach with the Highest Winning Percentage

North Carolina’s Roy Williams is College Basketball’s Active Coach with the Highest Winning Percentage

You may not have heard of Sam Burton, but he is the college basketball coach with the greatest winning percentage of all time, taking the West Texas A&M Buffaloes to 210-42 over 12 seasons.

Clair Bee, with the second best winning percentage, is another coach from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Bee made his mark with a school that is largely irrelevant in the college game today, LIU.

Then, though, some more familiar names: Kentucky‘s Adolph Rupp and UCLA‘s John Wooden.

On today’s list of the top 20 college basketball coaches with the highest winning percentages you’ll also find five actives (*), including reigning champion John Calipari and head of the current No. 1 team, Mike Krzyzewski.

COACH W-L % SCHOOL(S) YEARS W L
1. Sam Burton  .8333 West Texas A&M 1921-22 thru 1932-33 210 42
             
2. Clair Bee  .8244 TOTAL   413 88
      Rider 1928-29 thru 1930-31 53 8
      Long Island University 1931-32 thru 1942-43, 1945-46 thru 1950-51 360 80
             
3. Adolph Rupp  .8218 Kentucky 1930-31 thru 1951-52, 1953-54 thru 1971-72 876 190
             
4. John Wooden  .8039 TOTAL   664 162
      Indiana State 1947-47, 1947-48 44 15
      UCLA 1948-49 thru 1974-75 620 147
             
5. John Kresse  .8012 College of Charleston 1991-92 thru 2001-02 258 64
             
6. Roy Williams* .7988 TOTAL   683 172
      Kansas 1988-89 thru 2002-03 418 101
      North Carolina 2003-04 thru Current 265 71
             
7. Thomas Kibler  .7962 TOTAL   125 32
      Ohio State 1908-09, 1909-10 22 2
      Washington College 1913-14 thru 1916-17, 1919-20 thru 1924-25 103 30
             
8. Mark Few* .7950 Gonzaga 1999-00 thru Current 353 91
             
9. Ralph Jones  .7918 TOTAL   194 51
      Butler 1903-04 2 2
      Wabash 1904-05 thru 1908-09 75 6
      Purdue 1909-10 thru 1911-12 32 9
      Illinois 1912-13 thru 1919-20 85 34
             
10. Jerry Tarkanian  .7902 TOTAL   761 202
      Long Beach State 1969-70 thru 1972-73 99 17
      UNLV 1973-74 thru 1991-92 509 105
      Fresno State 1995-96 thru 2001-02 153 80
             
11. Al McGuire  .7867 Marquette 1964-65 thru 1976-77 295 80
             
12. James Freeman  .7830 TOTAL   184 51
      St. John’s (NY) 1927-28 thru 1935-36 177 31
      Scranton 1947-48 7 20
             
13. Francis Schmidt  .7818 TOTAL   258 72
      Tulsa 1915-16, 1916-17, 1918-19 thru 1921-22 73 26
      Arkansas 1923-24 thru 1928-29 113 22
      Texas Christian 1929-30 thru 1933-34 72 24
             
14. Student Coaches  .7813 Bucknell 1895-96 thru 1907-08 100 28
             
15. John Calipari*
.7792 TOTAL   554 157
      UMass 1988-89 thru 1995-96 193 71
      Memphis 2000-01 thru 2008-09 252 69
      Kentucky 2009-10 thru Current 109 17
             
16. Dean Smith  .7758 North Carolina 1961-62 thru 1996-97 879 254
             
17. Thad Matta* .7739 TOTAL   332 97
      Butler 2000-01 24 8
      Xavier 2001-02 thru 2003-04 78 23
      Ohio State 2004-05 thru Current 230 66
             
18. Jack Ramsay  .7647 Saint Joseph’s 1955-56 thru 1965-66 234 72
             
19. Frank Keaney  .7638 Rhode Island 1920-21 thru 1947-48 401 124
             
20. Mike Krzyzewski*
.7632 TOTAL   938 291
      Army 1975-76 thru 1979-80 73 59
      Duke 1980-81 thru Current 865 232

Thanks to sports-reference.com for the source data.

Photo: beyondthebets.com

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